CPA Licensure Requirements

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), and the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA) all support the 150-credit hour education requirement for entry into the accounting profession.

All CPA candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination to qualify for a CPA certificate and license (i.e., permit to practice) to practice public accounting. While the exam is the same no matter where it is taken, every state/jurisdiction has its own set of education and experience requirements that individuals must meet. For more information, view our disclosures.

It is your responsibility to determine your state's rules and requirements. Visit the AICPA website to find your state's CPA resources and contact information, or the NASBA website for the contact information and a listing of statutes for the State Board of Accountancy in each of the 55 jurisdictions. Visit ThisWaytoCPA to view summaries of requirements by state.