Author: Erin Scruggs, Senior Manager, CPE Audit Service and ALL
Posted: Aug. 7, 2023

As you approach your final collegiate years and begin to think about the next steps in your CPA journey, you’ve probably started to wonder, “When can I sit for the CPA Exam? What are the requirements? Am I ready?”

Several factors that play into eligibility to sit for the CPA Exam, including location, age, residency and the number of education credits earned.  These requirements vary from state to state and it is important to know the specifics for the state where you plan on taking the Exam. It is standard that states require students to have completed 150 credit hours to gain their CPA license, but some states will allow students to sit for the Exam with 120 credit hours. NASBA’s Accountancy Licensing Library (ALL) features a research tool that will allow you to select the criteria that pertain to your circumstances and receive direction on the U.S. jurisdictions for which you may be eligible to sit for the Exam.

NASBA’s ALL is a trusted resource for researching and navigating the educational and professional requirements for obtaining your CPA license in all 55 regulatory jurisdictions in the U.S. As requirements vary by jurisdiction, ALL can provide the roadmap necessary for obtaining your license, no matter where you plan on taking the Exam.

ALL’s expansive content is rigorously reviewed by NASBA’s Legal team and assists professionals with accuracy and readability. In addition to quarterly reviews, the team also monitors changes to State Board of Accountancy websites. They continuously review legislative updates for regulatory changes that can alter a state’s licensing process, ensuring a reliable resource that students can depend on. The ALL Research Tool is available to purchase for 24-hour, unlimited access to eligibility reports for only $10. Once you have determined your preferred jurisdiction for licensure, you can purchase a three-month jurisdiction-specific subscription for only $45, making ALL a cost-effective solution for mapping out your journey to become a CPA. To purchase a subscription, visit our website at or contact us directly at [email protected].

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