CPA Exam Requirements

How Do I Become A CPA?

Every CPA is an accountant but not every accountant is a CPA.

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CPAs are highly-regarded professionals and they're more in demand than ever before – and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. From the smallest start-up to the largest government agency, every business or organization needs your skills as a CPA.

Where Do I Begin?

Becoming a CPA is a challenge. Finding out how to become one shouldn't be. That's why we want to make this process stress-free by answering all of your questions in one place.

First, the big picture: each U.S. state and territory has their own CPA Exam requirements. Many jurisdictions are similar in their requirements, but because the Certified Public Accountant licensure is regulated by individual state boards of accountancy, the requirements can and do differ between jurisdictions. The good news is that because of the CPA license's mobility, almost all jurisdictions allow you to practice in another state without being directly licensed in that state.

The 150-Hour Rule

All state boards of accountancy – with the exception of the U.S. Virgin Islands – require a minimum of 150 hours of post-secondary education from a regionally accredited institution. This rule ensures that all CPA exam candidates have a total of 150 semester hours of education under their belts before they sit for the exam. Most bachelor degrees typically only give students 120 semester hours-meaning they have to obtain an extra 30 semester hours to meet the requirement.

What Are Your Requirements?

For you we have compiled the following:

  • List of general qualifications for each U.S. state and territory
  • Details on educational requirements, including required number of semester hours for various subject areas (e.g. auditing, taxation, etc.)
  • Explanation of the ‘The 150-hour Rule' and how to meet the requirement
  • Advice and tips we've compiled from thousands of interaction with prospective CPA Candidates

Into one handy eBook/pdf that you can download here.

That is your starting point – but, of course, there are many other questions prospective CPAs have asked us over the years. We've gathered all our advice and tips in one place including the answers to questions such as:

  • How can I best study for the exam?
  • What should I do if I failed the CPA exam?

All those questions and more our answered in another of our free eBooks:

88 Things You Should Know for the CPA Exam

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