|Pennsylvania CPA Exam Requirements|
|Educational Hours Required for Exam||120 Semester Hours|
|Educational Hours Required for Licensure||150 Semester Hours|
|Additional Requirements||24 semester hours in accounting, auditing, business law, microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance or tax subjects of a content satisfactory to the Pennsylvania Board.|
|Additional Note||Licensure candidates are required to have one year of related work experience in public or non-public accounting supervised and verified by an active CPA.|
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. 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 Pennsylvania. Unlike many
other states, Pennsylvania CPA exam requirements do not include criteria for a candidate’s state residency to sit for the exam. A candidate is not required to be a U.S. citizen, but a candidate must be 18 years old. Prospective CPA exam candidates
must provide transcripts showing that they have earned 120 semester hours of education from an accredited institution, which should include specific accounting and business courses as follows:
Pennsylvania licensure candidates must also show that they have earned 150 semester hours of education from an accredited institution as well as an additional 12 semester credits in accounting, auditing and tax subjects of a content satisfactory to the
board, not necessarily as part of the individual’s undergraduate or graduate work. Licensure candidates are required to have one year of related work experience. The experience can be in public or non-public accounting but must be supervised
and verified by an active U.S. CPA. Pennsylvania does not require an Ethics Exam. Candidates must have a Social Security number.
Preparing for the Exam Currently, the average pass rate for any given section of the exam is about 50 percent, which is a great indicator of the exam's difficulty. This is where a great CPA Review Course is instrumental.
Review Courses have been preparing accounting professionals to pass the exam for years. Just about every accountant that has become a CPA utilized a review program. In other words, they are a worthy investment. The CPAExam.com CPA Review Course Comparison Chart can help you select the best course for you.
Scheduling the Exam 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 section(s) that the
candidate is approved to take, as well as 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:
CPA Exam Fees All first-time applicants are required to pay both a $105.00 application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application. All re-examination candidates are required to pay both a $105.00
registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration. Candidates 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:
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.
See When are CPA Exam Scores Released for more information.
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