Pennsylvania CPA Requirements


CPA Exam Requirements

Degree Requirement
Semester Hours
Semester Hours Required to Sit for Exam?
Class Requirements
US Citizenship: No
Must be resident, employee or have office in state
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Passing the CPA Exam in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania (PA) CPA Exam Requirements state that you must be declared eligible for the exam and then licensed by the state. A candidate becomes eligible for the CPA examination by meeting specific requirements that are determined by the board of accountancy for their specific jurisdiction. Pennsylvania CPA Exam Requirements include:

Education Requirements:

  • 150 hours to be granted PA license
  • Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate (from accredited college or university)
  • At least 24 semester credits in accounting subjects to gain a CPA certificate including: accounting and auditing, business law, finance, microeconomics, macroeconomics or tax subjects
  • An additional 12 semester credits in accounting, auditing and tax subjects.

Work Experience:

Candidates who have graduated with 150 credits are required to complete one year (1,600 hours) of work experience through employment in government, industry, academia, or public practice within five years of the date you apply for your license. Work experience includes providing any type of service or advice involving the use of:
  • Accounting
  • Attest
  • Compilation
  • Consulting
  • Financial advisory
  • Management advisory
  • Tax

CPA Exam Application Process:

  1. Review the exam requirements
  2. Submit the exam application + enroll in Surgent CPA Review
  3. Request and forward transcripts. Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not anticipate there being any problems with your application, this is a great time to start studying with Surgent CPA Review.
  4. Pay the exam fees. After receiving the required information, CPA Examination Services will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.
  5. Schedule your exam. Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence, so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable.

Where to Take CPA Exam:

Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at You can take the exam at a site in Allentown, Clarks Summit, Erie, Harrisburg, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Monroeville, North Wales, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, York, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.

When to Take CPA Exam

Testing windows include January, February, April, May, July, August, October, and November. Testing is not available during blackout months: March, June, September, and December.