Adoption of the 150-hour requirement was not done in haste. The quest for the 150-hour education requirement goes back to the time when NASBA was called the Association of CPA Examiners and the American Institute of Accountants (AIA) was still not a part of the AICPA. The requirement was brought about by many factors, including: the expansion of client services, the growing application of information technology (electronic data processing), the increase in accounting pronouncements, the recognition of the value of formal education over informal experience, and the desire for the recognition of accounting as a profession at least as demanding as law, engineering and architecture.
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