California CPA Requirements

California CPA Requirements

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California CPA Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 24 semester units in accounting subjects and 24 semester units 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.)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree 

Education Requirements for Licensure:  After passing the CPA Exam , the following additional education requirements must be met: 150 semester units total including 20 semester units in accounting subjects and 10 semester units in ethics study

Residency Requirements

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: 150 semester hours 

Participates in International Exam Program: No

Experience Requirements: 1 year general experience which includes any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax or consulting skills. For those wishing to sign attest reports, the experience shall include 500 hours of attest.

Ethics Exam: Must pass California Professional Ethics Exam

California Board of Accountancy
2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95815-3832

Email: examinfo@cba.ca.gov
Phone: 916-561-1703
Phone 2: 916-571-1701 (licensure)
Fax: 916-263-3677

Initial Application Fees $50
AUD $193.45
BEC $173.60
FAR $193.45
REG $173.60
Total $784.10

     *$25 re-examination application fee