Reading reviews for the different CPA courses available is something everybody intending to sit the CPA exam should do prior to committing to pay for any. The reason for this is that although the courses are basically the same in so far as they share the same information, they vary in the way in which they present that information. The way in which information is presented can affect your ability to take that information in and as everybody is different, different presentation methods assist people differently. Therefore first find a course that has a presentation method which is best for you to learn from, taking a free trial first if necessary and then only pay for the course you know will have the best chance of helping you pass the exam.
Whichever course you do decide on, it will cost you money and the courses are often quite expensive and differ greatly in price from one course to another, depending on how they are presented. Many of the cpa review sites will emphasize on the importance of selecting the right course for your preferred method study rather than just selecting the cheapest or even the most expensive. The reason for this is that the vast majority of the 50% of people that fail the exam each year, state they feel they would have done better, had they have studied a different course. Many of those that do fail the first time around; go on to pass after using a different course to their first one and so that does give the advice credit and is worth listening to.
Although the courses may cost a lot, the cost is generally considered worth it considering the benefits that go with a CPA certification and most people also believe it is worth the long hours of studying which are needed in order to achieve a passing grade. Being in possession of a CPA signifies that you are capable of being at the top of your profession and so can expect to receive top wages and other benefits accordingly. However, there are other certifications in the accounting world which are almost as good, such as the CMA or Certified Management Accountant. This is a certification which would place you in a better position to get a top accounting job in a large corporation as opposed to doing audits for many different companies. There is also the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) which again would give you the opportunity to be employed by one of the large corporations and not by individual small businesses.
The choice of which certification an account seeks will depend on what type of job they prefer but whichever one they choose, the exams for certification are always hard and so will all take a lot of work in order to pass and also, all of them can be relatively expensive for the study materials. Do not expect to get certification for any in just a few months as usually it will take 3 to 4 years of work to achieve.