CPA Exam & Licensing Requirements


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Pennsylvania CPA Foundation

Your Guide to the CPA Exam and CPA Licensure in Pennsylvania

CPA Evolution Updates

Proposed changes will transform the CPA licensure model to recognize the changing skills and competencies accounting requires today.

Recently released transition policies and key tentative dates help outline what the 2023-2024 landscape will look like for future CPA Exam takers.

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ICN-newCPA Law Changes

Legislation that amends the Pennsylvania CPA Law was passed at the end of 2022. This bill updates the law, removes barriers to entering the profession, and further supports the growth of the accounting pipeline.

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How do you become a CPA in Pennsylvania? Whether you're an accounting student, educator, or professional, the PICPA can help. Follow the steps here 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.

Licensing

  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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