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AICPA research has found the first accounting course high school students take greatly impacts their decision to pursue accounting as a major and career choice. The AICPA Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP)'s advanced accounting curriculum helps teachers captivate their brightest students.
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What is the Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP)?
Modeled after a class developed by Dr. Dan Deines at Kansas State University, the AICPA APBP provides high-school accounting and business teachers with the tools and training needed to implement a higher-level accounting curriculum in their classrooms.
In addition to our three-day training, teachers who participate in the program receive:
- A textbook, teacher notes and PowerPoint presentations
- Lesson plans and assignments
- Pre-written exams with answer keys
- Refresher videos and webcasts
- Implementation assistance
- Continuous support from the AICPA and APBP trainers
What is covered in the curriculum?
The two-semester course integrates managerial and financial accounting to show how accounting facilitates business and narrates a company’s inner workings through its financial statements.
|This course...||This course does not...|
|• Introduces managerial and financial accounting||• Jump into debits and credits|
|• Challenges students to think critically||• Ask students to memorize|
|• Incorporates Excel and Google Sheets||• Use QuickBooks|
|• Teaches the language of business||• Teach bookkeeping|
|• Is honors level||• Act as Introduction to Accounting course|
A detailed list of the topics covered in the training can be found in this sample rubric.
How will the program benefit my students?
Many high school accounting classes still focus on bookkeeping and do not adequately prepare students for the rigor of college-level courses. Our curriculum introduces students to advanced content and gives them a more realistic idea of accounting as a career.
Students who complete the course under an APBP-trained educator also become eligible to apply for our AICPA Foundation High School Scholarship and can elect to take our APBP qualifying exam for college credit.
How do I register for a training?
We'd love for you to join the 1,500+ teachers in 48 states who have already become APBP-Trained Educators! All high school accounting and business teachers who create a Start Here, Go Places. account are welcome to sign up through our events page.
Already an APBP-trained educator?