CPA Exam requirements
Before you can become licensed as a certified public accountant, you must pass all four parts of the Uniform CPA Examination: Auditing (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). This is a grueling process that can take a year or more.
What are the requirements to take the CPA Exam?
To be eligible to take the CPA Exam, you must meet the basic requirements of the board in the jurisdiction where you wish to become licensed. While these can vary by state, typical CPA Exam requirements include:
- 120 college credit-hours (bachelor’s degree)
- 24+ credit-hours in accounting-related courses
- U.S. citizenship
- A Social Security number
- A minimum age of over 18 years old
Every state requires you complete either 120 or 150 credit-hours at an accredited college or university before you can apply to take the CPA Exam. Usually a minimum of 24 hours of your coursework needs to be in accounting, but some states require you also complete a number of hours in general business subjects like finance, business law, or management.
Some states require a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other business-related fields like finance, while others are fine with a general bachelor’s degree. A few states will allow you to sit for the CPA Exam before you graduate.
You will need to contact your state board of accountancy to confirm that your academic credits qualify. As part of the CPA Exam application process, you will have to submit your transcripts.
Some states may require proof of U.S. citizenship, a Social Security number, or residency when you apply for the CPA Exam. Many states also require that you be at least 18 years old before you take the CPA Exam.