Qualify & Apply for the CPA Exam

Qualify & Apply for the CPA Exam

In order to take the CPA Exam, you must first meet a specific set of requirements. We’ll walk you through the necessary qualifications you must have to sit for the Exam. Then, once you’re well-versed in what’s required of you, continue on to learn your state’s CPA Exam application process.

How to Qualify

The qualifying requirements to take the CPA Exam vary by state and jurisdiction, so be sure to check your jurisdiction’s specific requirements. In general, each state or jurisdiction requires, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree, which must include a specified amount of Accounting and Business credits.

Click on your location below to learn about your state’s CPA Exam requirements.

How to Apply

The general application process for the CPA Exam follows a few basic steps:

  • First, you must apply for the CPA Exam online. Depending on your location, this is done through either your State Board of Accountancy or NASBA CPA Examination Services (CPAES) http://nasba.org/stateboards/. You will choose your jurisdiction and pay the associated fees.
  • Next, you will submit your University transcripts. Once you have been approved to take the Exam, you will receive your Authorization to Test (ATT), indicating you are eligible to schedule the tests. Your ATT is only valid for 90 days, so make sure to register for your exams promptly.
  • Then, you will register for your desired exam through NASBA and pay the below outlined fees (most states use the same NASBA fees outlined below, but not all).
  • Once you pay the associated exam fees, NASBA will provide you with a Notice to Schedule (NTS) - essentially, a pass that allows you to schedule your exam date. Your NTS expiration date varies by jurisdiction.


  1. Apply Online
  2. Send transcripts to State Board
  3. Receive Authorization to Test (ATT)
  4. Select Exams and pay NASBA Fees

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