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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 online 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
Interested in bringing the APBP Advanced Accounting Curriculum to your school? Get key stakeholders on board with our APBP Implementation Package.
What is the APBP Qualifying Exam and University Credit Agreement?
The APBP Qualifying Exam is an optional exam for students who have completed an APBP course taught by an APBP-trained teacher. With a passing score, students can earn college course credit, advanced placement or both at a university who has signed our APBP University Credit Agreement, allowing them to save on tuition and get a jump start on their college accounting courses. Learn more about our college credit program here.
How do I register for a training?
Our new online training is currently in development and is expected to launch in fall 2021. Create a Start Here, Go Places. account to be notified when registration opens!
If you have any questions, please contact us at APBP@aicpa-cima.com.
Meet the APBP Team
Get to know the team behind the Accounting Program for Building the Profession.