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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:
Please email the State Board at st-accountancy@pa.gov 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 dates. 

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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