CPA Questions & Answers

What else is needed for CPA Licensure besides the CPA Exam?

In addition to successfully completing the CPA Exam, a candidate must fulfill these additional requirements:

  • Generally, each state board requires a total of 150 semester/225 quarter units from a college or university whose accreditation is accepted by the state.
  • Most states require at least one to two years of public accounting experience. While non-public accounting experience is also widely accepted, the number of required years is generally higher.
  • Most states require a CPA applicant to complete an Ethics course or Ethics exam before licensure. The exam is often administered online at home and a passing score is considered a 90% or better. This exam generally must be completed within two years of passing the CPA Exam.

Requirements for licensure vary by state. Therefore, check your state’s CPA licensure requirements.

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