CPA Exam & Licensing FAQs
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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 who were given extensions will have exam credits that now expire on Dec. 12, 2021. NASBA is working to update candidate dashboards to reflect the new expiration dates.
To request this extension:
the State Board at firstname.lastname@example.org and include an explanation of your request, which sections and why, and a copy of most recent score notice or screen-shot of dashboard which shows expiration
Applying for CPA License
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CPA Licensing FAQs
What is the difference between the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy?
How do I contact the State Board of Accountancy?
What experience do I need to receive my CPA Certificate?
How long do I have to complete my work experience requirement?
Where can I get CPA certification applications?
How do I renew my CPA license?
If my CPA license is inactive, can I still be a member of the PICPA?
How do I place my license on inactive status?
How do I reactivate my inactive Pennsylvania CPA license?
My CPA license is on inactive status. Am I permitted to use the CPA designation after my name?
I have passed the CPA Exam in a state other than Pennsylvania. How do I obtain a reciprocal license to practice public accounting?
What are the professional education requirements to maintain an active CPA license in Pennsylvania?
Is the PICPA an approved sponsor of CPE programs as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy?
How do I determine licensing and registration requirements when I serve clients across multiple states?
How do I obtain a CPA license without a Social Security number?
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?
Who distributes the exam scores?
How can a foreign transcript or degree be evaluated?
Does the State Board grant extensions due to delays?