In order to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam, a person must be found eligible by one of the 55 states or jurisdictions of the United States. Each state has its own set of fees and educational requirements. Some states also require residency or citizenship.
In general, CPA requirements usually consist of a four year bachelor’s degree with a concentration in accounting (not necessarily an accounting degree) plus an extra year of study, which can be either at an undergraduate or graduate level. The requirement for five years full-time equivalent study is known as the “150 hour rule” and has been adopted by the majority, but not all, state boards. An important distinction should be made between requirements to sit for the exam and requirements to become certified. Many states allow candidates with a bachelor’s degree with specific credits in accounting and business courses to sit for the CPA exam. Certification usually requires 150 credit hours.
State CPA Requirements
Select a state below to see the necessary CPA exam requirements:
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CPA Requirements & Considerations
Candidates with education from outside the U.S. will generally also need to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator of the state for which they are applying. Specific information on each state’s eligibility requirements to sit for the CPA exam can be found at this link: https://nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/. If you have questions about CPA requirements & eligibility to sit for the exam in your jurisdiction, please complete the form below and our state selection consultant will contact you.
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If you have been educated outside of the United States, there are specific steps you must take to apply for the U.S. CPA Exam. You must apply in one of the fifty-four U.S. jurisdictions, keeping in mind that each state has different qualifications for citizenship, residency and education. This process can be time-consuming, confusing, and costly if you do it on your own.
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International CPA Exam Testing Locations
International CPA Exam candidates living in the following countries can take the exam in their
own country without traveling to the U.S:
Japan | Bahrain | Brazil | Kuwait | Lebanon | United Arab Emirates
*Administration of the Uniform CPA Examination began in Brazil in February 2012, with citizens and permanent residents of Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela able to sit for the CPA Exam. As of July 1, 2013, testing in Brazil is expanded to citizens and permanent residents of Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay.
Permanent residents or citizens of the following countries may test in any of the four Middle Eastern nations listed above:
Jordan | Oman | Saudi Arabia | Egypt |Qatar