Accounting ATC Requirements


The Accounting Technical Certificate is offered primarily through night and weekend classes, this program was designed with the working professional in mind or those who have already received their bachelor’s degree and wish to prepare themselves to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) awarded Lone Star College System (LSCS) the designation to offer “Qualifying Educational Credit for the CPA Examination.” Most of the LSCS accounting courses meet the TSBPA’S definition of upper-division accounting courses required to take the CPA exam. This designation allows individuals who have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from a recognized educational institution to gain the thirty advanced accounting hours required to qualify for the CPA exam. The individual should be enrolled in the Accounting ATC-CPA Exam Preparation and take no less than 24 semester hours of accounting from LSCS toward meeting the 30 semester hours.

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy provides information for the Fifth Year Accounting Scholarship.

Online accounting research is available online. Visit this website for the FASB & GARS.

Steps to complete ATC and be eligible to take the CPA exam:

1. You must have a bachelor's degree (in any field) from a U.S. university

Send an official copy of your transcripts to Lone Star College for evaluation.
What if I only need a couple classes to sit for the CPA exam?  Can I take the missing courses that I need without getting the certificate?  Yes, you can any number of classes that you are missing to take the exam.  You will not get a certificate from Lone Star College if the majority of the courses are taken at another college, but you will be eligible to take the CPA exam.
Can I have a bachelor’s degree from another country?  Yes, you can have your transcripts evaluated by SCANTRAN.  There is a fee for this service.

2. Your transcripts will be evaluated by Lone Star College to determine which classes will count toward the ATC certificate.

Lone Star College will determine which courses you may have already taken at another college or university based on your transcripts.
Courses taken at another college or university in Texas will automatically transfer if the course is listed on the Texas Common Course Matrix.
Can I take some of the courses at another college?  Two of the upper division accounting courses may be taken at another community college or university. However the remaining courses must be taken at one of the five colleges within the Lone Star College System.  (You may take additional courses at another college or university and still be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, but you will not receive the ATC from Lone Star College).

3. Meet with an advisor to determine which courses still need to be completed for the certificate.

Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor (after your transcripts have been evaluated by the system-wide CPA program chair Karen Russom,mailto:

4. Meet with an advisor each semester

Meet with an advisor each semester to determine which courses you still need to complete.

5. Complete the courses in the ATC

Complete the following courses.
How many courses can be taken online?  You can take up to fifteen credits online, which is five classes.

6. Registerfor the CPA exam