While requirements vary from state to state, most fall within the following guidelines:
- You must have BA degree with a state specific minimum number of hours of accounting and related business courses.
- Take and pass all four sections of the CPA Examination.
- Take and pass the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) professional ethics exam with a score of 90%.
- Send letters of recommendation to your State Board of Accountancy.
- Submit college transcripts showing completion of required credit hours. Most states will allow candidates to sit for the CPA Exam with 120 credit hours and a bachelor’s degree. 150 credit hours are required for licensing.
- Provide certification of experience for jobs as a CPA. Check with your State Board of Accountancy for exact requirements.
- Submit the application, fees and a passport-type photo to your State Board of Accountancy.
Although these are commonly required in becoming a licensed CPA, there may be other requirements specific to your state or jurisdiction. We encourage you to find and carefully read through your state’s requirements. You can find these requirements on the NASBA website. Start by selecting your state below.