CPA Exam & Licensing FAQs

To comply with CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease, all Prometric sites are closed and are expected to reopen April 16.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy has adopted the following recommendations from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy:
  • Any CPA candidate that has expiring credits for exam sections between now and June 30 will receive an extension until Sept. 30, 2020.
  • All Notices to Schedule (NTS) expiring between April 1 and June 30 will be extended to Sept. 30, 2020.
Affected candidates will receive communication from Prometric and the State Board.

NASBA, AICPA, and Prometric have made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period to provide additional testing opportunities. As part of this procedure, the 2020 Q2 testing window will be extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020.

Please use the following resources below for more information:


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?

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