A CPA is a certified professional accountant. The designation is awarded by the Accountancy Board of Ohio after an accountant undergoes a supervised two-and-a-half-year training program or demonstrates relevant industry experience, then passes a certification exam.
This is from Accountancy Board of Ohio:
CPAs offer a strong set of accounting and managerial skills required for today’s complex and evolving environment. CPAs are broad-minded, forward-thinking professionals who undertake appropriate analysis, exercise good judgment, communicate effectively and act to protect the public interest.