CPA Evolution

The proposed changes transform the CPA licensure model to recognize the rapidly changing skills and competencies the practice of accounting requires today.

A combined NASBA-AICPA initiative, the new model proposes a core mastery of accounting, audit, tax and technology, with the ability to deepen knowledge in one of three primary disciplines. The model is meant to enhance public protection by bringing deeper knowledge and skills to the profession.

CPA Evolution Impact

CPA Exam

  • The Exam will still be no more than 16 hours, with three core sections and one discipline section.


  • Visit the Academic Resource Hub for educators.
  • The AICPA and NASBA formed joint task forces that are developing a model curriculum that will be available in June 2021.

Expected Timeline


  • Exam practice analysis
  • Model curriculum available for faculty


  • Exam Blueprint exposed for public comment


  • New exam launches

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