CPA Exam & Licensing FAQs

CPA Exam Testing Update

Prometric has resumed testing for CPA candidates at centers where government regulations and guidelines allow. Social distancing guidelines and other safety measures will be implemented.

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Notice to Schedule (NTS) Extensions
Candidates with NTS expiration dates between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020, will be extended until Dec. 31, 2020.

Please review NASBA's NTS extensions.

Exam Credit Extensions
Due to the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration in Pennsylvania, a waiver was granted on the requirement that CPA candidates must complete all parts of the CPA Exam within an 18-month period. Candidates whose exam credits expire during the time of the emergency declaration will be granted an extension which lasts for the duration of the emergency plus 180 days from the end of the emergency.

Affected candidates will receive communication from Prometric and the state board.

CPA Licensing FAQs

CPA Exam FAQs

  • How does PICPA membership help me with the CPA Exam?

  • What are the requirements to sit for the CPA Exam?

  • What are the requirements to get licensed if I graduate after Jan. 1, 2012?

  • What are the requirements to get licensed if I graduated before Dec. 31, 2011 and passed at least one part of the CPA Exam?

  • What are the requirements to get licensed if I graduated before Dec. 31, 2011 and did NOT pass any parts of the CPA Exam?

  • When can I apply for my CPA certificate and license?

  • Can I take the exam outside of Pennsylvania?

  • When can I take the exam?

  • When can I apply to sit for the CPA Exam?

  • How long do I have to pass all four parts?

  • What is a passing score?

  • Who distributes the exam scores?

  • How can a foreign transcript or degree be evaluated?

  • Does the State Board grant extensions due to delays?

Download the free step-by-step resource to guide for applying for a Pennsylvania CPA license.

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