Georgia CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements Other Requirements
Hours Required for Exam: Baccalaureate degree or higher, with 20 semester hours in accounting subjects above the introductory level at a four-year accredited college or university that offers a baccalaureate degree as defined by the board. Residency Requirements: None
Hours Required for Licensure: Baccalaureate degree or higher, 150 semester hours of college education, 30 semester hours in accounting subjects above the introductory level and 24 semester hours in business related subjects. Minimum Age: 18
Degree Required: Bachelor's Application Fee: $145.00
Additional Requirements: Successful passing of the CPA Exam. Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements.  In order to be eligible for a CPA license, candidates must complete one year of continuous qualifying experience: Must include a minumum of 2,000 hours Must be completed not more than one year immediately preceding the date of application Must be under the supervision of an active CPA in good standing
The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional, and ethical standards. In addition, candidates must pass the rigorous CPA exam in order to earn the distinction of this credential. Before candidates can sit for the exam, they must satisfy their state’s requirements and qualifications for 2015. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA exam, which should not be confused with licensing requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of Georgia.

Georgia Eligability Requirements for 2015

Unlike some other states, Georgia does not have requirements for a candidate’s state residency to sit for the exam. Georgia also does not conduct background checks but does require candidates to be of good moral character. Prospective first-time CPA exam candidates must be at least 18 years old and must provide transcripts showing that they have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher with 20 semester hours in accounting subjects above the introductory level at a four-year accredited college or university. Transcripts must satisfy all educational requirements before applying to take the exam.

First-Time and Retake Applicants

Georgia does not have separate application processes for first-time applicants and those who are retaking the exam in 2015, but the fees differ slightly. First-time applicants must pay an application fee and an examination fee along with their application. Retake applicants must pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration. First-time applicants are defined by the Georgia State Board of Accountancy as those who have:
  • Never taken the uniform CPA Examination as a Georgia applicant.
  • Taken the Uniform CPA Examination as a Georgia applicant.
  • Previously applied but were ineligible to take the Uniform CPA Examination as a Georgia applicant.
  • Previously taken the examination as an applicant of another state but who have not earned credit.
  • Previously taken the examination and earned credit as an applicant of another state and wish to transfer credit to Georgia.

Application Process, Required Forms, Fees, and Transcripts

Applicants can apply online through NASBA'S CPA Exam online application system at or by calling 1-800-CPA EXAM. First-time applicants must submit official transcript(s) to CPAES that show that the educational requirements have been met and an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Accommodation Form if applicable. Applicants should receive a receipt of application within two weeks after submitting all required materials and fees. Paper applications and options to pay by check are also available by contacting the jurisdiction's coordinator. All CPA exams and fees are administered by CPAES for Georgia. Accordingly, first-time applicants must submit a $145 examination application fee to CPAES to complete their application. Please see the CPA Exam Fees section below for additional fees and fees for retake applicants.

Application Deadlines for 2015

Once applicants determine that they meet the educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam, they can register online through CPAES. Applicants will be prompted to create an account or log in to an existing account to complete their registration. The CPAES account will allow applicants to apply for the exam, check their application status, update their information, print their Notice to Schedule, and view scores. Paper applications are also available on request.  No information is currently available on application deadlines for Georgia.

Scheduling the Exam in 2015

Upon successful state application, candidates will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS), which is valid for one testing event or six months, whichever comes first. The NTS lists the deadline for testing. An examination appointment cannot be scheduled without a valid NTS. Once candidates receive their NTS, they can then contact Prometric to schedule the examination. All scheduling, rescheduling, or cancellation of testing appointments is done through Prometric. Candidates may schedule and take each section of the CPA Exam only once during a testing window. Testing windows are as follows:
  • January 1 through February 29
  • April 1 through May 31
  • July 1 through August 31
  • October 1 through November 30

Before Scheduing your exam(s), prepare with:

CPA Exam Fees

First-time applicants can take one or more sections of the exam at a time and must pay the following fees to CPA Examination Services at the time of application in addition to the $145 application fee:
  • Auditing and Attestation (AUD):  $195.35
  • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC): $176.25
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR): $195.35
  • Regulation (REG): $176.25
Retake applicants must pay both a registration fee and the specific exam fees. Exam fees are the same as those for first-time applicants. Registration fees are as follows:
  • 4 exam sections: $110.00
  • 3 exam sections: $95.00
  • 2 exam sections: $80.00
  • 1 exam section: $65.00

Receiving Scores in 2015

Upon completing each section of the exam, candidates can obtain their scores online once NASBA has released the information. They can also elect to have exam scores mailed to them.

Preparing for the Exam

Year to date, the average pass rate for any given section of the exam is about 50% which is a great indicator of the exam’s difficulty. This is where CPA Review can help. We’ve been preparing accounting professionals to pass the exam since 1971 and have successfully helped over 150,000 candidates pass. Plus, just about every accountant that has become a CPA utilized a review program.

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