California CPA Requirements
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How to Become a CPA in California
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CPA Exam Requirements
Credit Requirements: 120 Semester hours
Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree
Additional Requirements: Must include 24 semester hours in accounting subjects and 24 semester hours in business-related courses are required to take the CPA Exam in California.
(Requirements may vary. Contact the California State Board for more information on California requirements for the CPA exam.)
Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not a California CPA exam requirement
Minimum Age: There are no California CPA requirements dictating a minimum age limit
Additional Requirements: There are no California CPA exam requirements to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state
Social Security Requirement: Yes
Education Requirement: After passing the CPA Exam , the following additional education requirements must be met: 150 semester units total including 20 semester hours in accounting subjects and 10 semester hours in ethics study
Participates in International Exam Program: No
Experience Requirements: 1 year (2,000 hours) general experience fulfilled before, during, or after the CPA Exam. For those wishing to sign off on audit reports, the experience must include 500 hours of attest services.
*Internships can count towards work experience hours
Ethics Exam: Must pass Professional Ethics for CPAs (PETH) Exam within 2 years of submitting license application
|Initial Application Fees||$100|
*$50 re-examination application fee