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CPA Exam & Licensing Requirements

Your Guide to CPA

Whether you’re an accounting student, educator, or professional, the PICPA can help you navigate becoming a CPA in Pennsylvania. Follow the steps below to get the information you need to take the CPA Exam in Pennsylvania and to secure your CPA license.

CPA Exam

  1. Graduate
  2. Upon graduation, candidates must meet certain requirements to sit for the CPA Exam.

  3. Prepare
  4. Learn about the fees to take the CPA Exam and develop a plan. 

  5. Apply
  6. Candidates can apply for one, two, three, or all four parts at one time. All parts must be taken within six months of the application date.

  7. Study
  8. CPA Exam sections cover a number of subjects that candidates are expected to understand prior to the test. The four parts consist of auditing and attestation, financial accounting and reporting, regulation, and business environment and concepts.

  9. Schedule and Sit
  10. After receiving a Notice to Schedule (NTS), it is advised to schedule a testing appointment as soon as possible.


  1. Pass Exam
  2. To be eligible to apply for a CPA license in Pennsylvania, a candidate must pass all parts of the CPA Exam and fulfill a certain amount of hours of education, work experience, and CPE.

  3. Work Experience
  4. Candidates are required to complete specific hours of work experience through employment in government, industry, academia, or public practice.

  5. Take CPE
  6. CPA applicants must complete CPE within 24 months of application for an initial license. In some cases, passing the CPA Exam can fulfill the CPE requirements to apply for a license.

  7. Apply
  8. Applications for a Pennsylvania CPA license can be found on the State Board of Accountancy's website. Any questions about a CPA license application status should be directed to the State Board.

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The Uniform CPA Examination Is Changing!

The next version is coming in April 2017. Get all the information you need to prepare.

Download the Guide to Becoming a CPA

Become a CPA in Pennsylvania Guide

AICPA Announces Changes to CPA Exam

NEW! Document Review Simulations

Beginning in July 2016, the CPA Exam will include a new question type – the Document Review Simulation (DRS). Fill out this form to access exclusive walkthrough videos to help prepare.

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