Author: Erin Scruggs, Senior Manager, CPE Audit Service and ALL
Posted: May 26, 2023

So you’ve finally passed all four sections of the CPA Exam – does that mean you’re a CPA? Not so fast! To practice as a CPA, you must first become licensed by the jurisdiction in which you wish to practice. You’ve come so far –  there are just a few more steps before adding those coveted three letters to your resume!

Passing the CPA Exam is one of the four E’s required to become a licensed CPA. Each of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions has specific requirements related to Education, Experience and Ethics.

  • Some jurisdictions allow a candidate to sit for a license with less than 150 hours of education, but the 150-hour threshold must be met in order to obtain licensure.
  • All states require some measure of experience, which will be defined by the amount of time worked, type of work completed and level of supervision required.
  • Many jurisdictions also require the completion of an ethics exam, some of which may be state specific.

Requirements must often be met within a specific window of time after completing the Exam. How do you know you are on the right path to licensure for your jurisdiction? NASBA’s Accountancy Licensing Library is the resource for ALL your licensing needs! (See what we did there?) 

Licensing requirements vary between jurisdictions, and ALL breaks down the specific Education, Experience, Exam and Ethics requirements for each jurisdiction in one convenient location. From ALL,you may view and print licensing requirements, instructions and procedures – complete with fillable PDF versions of any necessary forms – allowing you to have answers to your state’s licensing questions at your fingertips. A subscription to ALL can provide ‘all’ the information you need to obtain your CPA license in any jurisdiction. 

Once you have obtained your CPA license, it is important to know that learning does not stop there! Each jurisdiction also has Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements that must be completed regularly to maintain your license and improve your skills. It is vital to make yourself aware of the specific requirements for the jurisdiction in which you are licensed, taking note of any specific subject matter requirements and any limitations to types of learning that may be enforced. Great news – your ALL subscription also includes licensing renewal information and CPE requirements for each jurisdiction. 

So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to ALL today for the jurisdiction where you wish to be licensed and take the next steps to become a CPA! Visit to begin your $45 3-month subscription to the jurisdiction of your choice! Contact us at [email protected] with questions.

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