You are subject the 150 semester credit education requirement in order to obtain CPA certificate.
To earn a CPA license in Pennsylvania, candidates must have passed all four parts of the CPA Exam and fulfill both the education and experience requirements.
- Education – Candidates must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree or higher, and have at least 36 credits in accounting subjects: 24 credits in accounting and auditing, business law, finance, or tax subjects sanctioned by the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy, plus an additional 12 credits in accounting, auditing, and tax subjects. Total credit hours must equal at least 150. Accounting related credits can be completed through undergraduate or graduate courses, or a combination
of both levels of study, and do not need to be part of a degree program.
- Experience – Candidates must complete one year (1,600 hours) of work experience through employment in government, industry, academia, or public practice within five years of the date of certification application.
Work experience is providing any type of service or advice involving the use of:
- consulting skills
- financial advisory
- management advisory
All experience must be of a caliber satisfactory to the State Board of Accountancy and verified by an individual who is currently licensed to practice public accounting as a CPA in Pennsylvania or another state.