CPA Exam Requirement Exemptions as CA, CMA, CFA and ACCA

cpa exam requirement exemptions

Many financial professionals have multiple qualifications. A common question is: can I use my existing qualification to get waivers and exemptions for the CPA exam?

CPA Exam Requirement Exemptions Overview

Most State Boards have stopped giving exemptions to professional qualifications. This includes ACCA and CAs in countries such as India and Pakistan.

The exception is the accounting bodies that have signed reciprocal agreements with the US counterparts. Members of these accounting bodies go through a much-shortened version of the exam, known as the IQEX, which is the same as the Regulation section of the Uniform CPA exam.

These accounting bodies are:

  • Legacy of CICA (Canada)*
  • IMCP (Mexico)
  • ICAI (Ireland)
  • ICAA (Australia)
  • HKICPA (Hong Kong)
  • NZICA (New Zealand)

If you are a member, please proceed to my IQEX page for further details.

Otherwise, follow the standard procedure.

Partial Exemptions on Educational Requirements

Many accounting certifications have an academic component to it. In the eyes of the state boards, however, they are professional qualifications rather than an education. In a few cases, you *may* still get accounting credits recognized. Here are some examples.


ACCA CPA exemptionIt is known that California State Board *may* accept some ACCA coursework as part of the educational requirements. Because the ACCA syllabus has changed over the years, you may or may not have your ACCA courses counted depending on when you took the ACCA exam. The only way to find out is to get a credential evaluation report.

In any case, it is unlikely that the ACCA coursework can be seen as equivalent to a 4-year bachelor degree. In other words, if you have a 3-year bachelor degree, you may still need to work on another degree to get qualified.

I also heard that Alaska may accept ACCA as extra accounting credit hours but I am not able to verify this with the state board. Please contact the state board directly and provide your personal information.

Indian Chartered Accountancy

Possible Indian CA exemptions for US CPA examA few state boards (e.g. Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana) used to give credits to Indian CA certificates as fulfilling part of the educational requirements. As far as I know, all state boards have stopped the recognition.

A reader told me that Virginia gives credit to CA certificate. Understandably, the state board cannot give me a blanket answer, but you may contact the VA state board accordingly. Please note that the Virginia state board strictly requires social security number to get the license.


Since 2010, CMA has stopped granting exemptions to CPA licensee. IMA, the administrator of CMA certification, does have a certain agreement with ACCA.


Similar to CMA, I have not identified any exemptions given for CFA coursework.

Exemptions on Working Experience Requirements

Technically speaking, these are not waivers or exemptions, but if you are looking for ways to avoid the required working experience then here are a few states for your consideration.

  • Guam is not two-tier but the state board offers an “active” and “inactive” license. You don’t need to accumulate experience to obtain the inactive license.
  • Massachusetts also has a “non-reporting” license. You also don’t need experience for this license if you have a graduate degree.

My Thoughts

The CPA designation has the highest standard in educational requirements and they are proud of it. Therefore, it is the best if you can live up to this standard by fulfilling the standard requirement. In order to do that, a good understanding of the rules is essential. Here are some articles for your further reading:

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  • Mohammed Ali says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    I have a 3 year accounting degree and MBA (Finance) from Osmania University, India (Listed) I have 8 years of experience as accountant and financial analyst from Middle east. I want to pursue CPA. I would like to seek your help in choosing the best state for me as per my qualification and experience. I intend to work in Middle East after I pass CPA. It will be kind of you if you will help me with step by step guidance of registering for CPA from UAE, The state to choose as per my profile, and the certificate evaluation process.

    In addition, I have one more concern, I have verified my transcript from WES for Canadian Immigration, the result shows I am equivalent to Masters in there country. I would like to ask if this WES result can be used for applying for the CPA exam.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mohammed,
      With a 3-year bachelor + MBA you should be qualified, although you’ll likely need a new set of evaluation because there are specific rules that evaluators need to follow from the state board (check with WES first — maybe they are willing to offer you one for free or at a discount). Also, the state board you pick may or may not accept WES. Please bear in mind.

      To narrow down your search, I suggest that you pick a state based on experience requirement. This page provides additional info:

  • Kayode oLumuyiwa says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    I have a Nigerian degree in accounting major and also ACCA. I am currently working in the US on a temporary work Visa (L1) and i intend to write the CPA exam. I also working with one of the big four firms in Dallas. What state do you advise i write the exam? I am currently thinking about Califonia. The texas accounting board requires i get a police report from my home country which is quite impossible for me to get from here. WOuld i also be able to get some credits with my ACCA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Kayode, yes I heard Texas isn’t particularly customer-friendly to non-US candidates.
      For California, as long as you have SSN (which I believe you have as L1) and that you fulfill the requirements, it should work. I think they do count ACCA courses as some extra accounting courses so you get this benefit. The one thing to watch out for is that for California, there are additional paperwork on experience requirements if you work outside of CA. Not that it’s not impossible, but extra things to fill out in the verification. I forgot exactly what it is but if you work in a Big 4 it shouldn’t be a problem. Please double check with CA state board before going ahead. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Kayode olumuyiwa says:

    Thanks for the response Stephanie. In the light of the above, do you have any state you suggest where the requirements are a bit relaxed for a foreigner?


  • Shihabuddin says:


    I have 3 year from calicut university with income tax as one subject. And completed CA INTER and ICWAI inter. I would
    Like to know if I am eligible for CPA.

  • Omer Muhammad says:


    I am an ACCA as well as CMA Member, With that i have a BSC from Oxford Brookes ( Applied Accounting ) which i earned after submitting a thesis from ACCA.

    I am pursing to move to USA , I desperately want to do CPA , but I am confused that if i would be eligible or not for CPA and what state to select.

    Your suggestion will highly be appreciated .

    Omer Muhammad

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Omer, it’s always tricky with Oxford Brookes degree. I heard a few successful cases but mostly candidates aren’t able to get qualified. In any case, state board nowadays ask for 5 years of higher education. Even if they recognize that, you still need at least 1 year of relevant degree to top it up to a 4-year (which is the minimum), plus 30 credit hours of extra courses. For more info, please check out this page:

      Regards, Stephanie

    • Marz says:

      Hi Omar,

      I am in a similar position to you and was wondering If you did find out wat our chances might be as foreign grads in the US. Did you figure out a way to work around the 150 credit hours? Does Having a a valid work permit increase your chances of finding a job? Did you find out about foreign grad friendly firms/ opportunities/states??
      I would be grateful for your assistance.


  • Shaliza says:


    I have B-COM from University of Karachi, CMA from Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan, CMA from Society of Management Accountants of Canada. I am a US resident and want to do CPA. Am I eligible? What are my options?


  • imran ul haq says:


    I have form Federal urdu university Pakistan with 11 years experience in Capital market Pakistan & Real estate Dubai in different departments i.e. accounts, legal & compliance, leasing, operations and sales & marketing.

    Kindly advise me regarding CPA.


  • Sri says:

    I have more than 10 years experience in being an auditor, an accountant, and senior executive internal audit.
    Partly qualified in CA, CMA and CIMA,. Also compeled MBA (general).
    Please advice me on CPA.

    Thank you

  • Kanishk jaiswal says:

    Can i do CPA after doing and cma

  • Ali says:

    I did CAt(Certified Accounting Technician) After Marticulation , N nw Doing ACCA & have cleared First 8 papers Out of 14 … Am i Eligible fo CPA & claim Few exemptions of Cpa papers??

  • Nitha says:


    I am interested in doing CPA but I think my qualification might be a problem.

    I have done Master in Literature and ACCA affiliated. I don’t have any accounts experience.

    I was wandering if I do CFA will that help me in getting entry.

    Or if do ICAEW will that help me and if I do Icaew – does it neeeds to be whole 15papers or just advance level will be ok as I can get 10paper of exemption because of ACCA.

    Please advice

    Thank you


  • Nitha says:

    Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for the reply and I tried looking at education requirements and I understand that I need 4year degree to qualify.

    I don’t want to do a bachelor degree again but instead of that can I do MBA or MSc through long distance will that help.

    For example if I do MBA course at London and I already have Master in Literature and ACCA will that qualify me.

    Thank you

  • Mahmoud says:


    Do you have any idea if there are any exemptions for other certificates if I already passed CPA exam?

  • abhi says:

    Hi Stephanie , I have done 3 year BCOM (accounts) from an Indian university and 1.5 year PGDM Finance from an autonomous institution. My grad university did not have indian naac recognition at that point. Neither did my PGDM college
    Am i still eligible for CPA?

  • abhi says:

    Forgot to mention that I have about 7.5 years experience mostly in consulting and a little in financial accounting

  • Mike says:

    Whats the best route if you are a Canadian CMA with public and private experience (11+ years) but your degree is not accounting? Coursework to obtain CMA was via additional courses taken outside of my initial degree still to satisfy the initial requirements.

  • fadii says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Looks like helping lot of people here, really appricieable

    I have a 2 years degree from Karachi university Pakistan and i currently i am ACCA member and living in Alberta Canada.

    Can you tell me whether i can be admitted to CGA/ CPA Canada as they have a reciprocal agreement.
    I can also get equivalence degree from Pakistan which is equivalent to 16 years of education.
    Please advise me if you have any understanding of Canadian CPA/ CGA


    • Kashif says:

      Dear Fadii

      ACCA has an MOU with CGA Canada. But ACCA members also need a degree and pass a Canadian Business Law course to get CGA membership. This MOU is effective till somewhere in 2017 after that new MOUs will announced by new merged body of CPA Canada.
      CGA Canada accepts Bsc from Oxford Brookes, but your 2 years degree may or may not be accepted. Otherwise you are eligible for CGA and CPA Canada membership. Just contact CGA about your degree.
      As far as Mcom equivalency from HEC is concerned, it will not work in this case because HEC is giving ACCA membership equivalency whereas CGA Canada require a degree over and above ACCA membership.


      • fadi says:

        Thank you very much Kashif for your response.

        Yes i was aware of that CGA requires a stand alone degree. I have also heard about that CGA do not accept 2 years degree. They need atleast 4 years of degree i think so. I have sent them an email asking about 2 years degree.
        as soon as i get rply i will definetly let you know about it.

        and i was wondering about the New MOUs. Do you have anyknowledge about it. Like what kind of MOUs and what will be the requirements.

        Thnaks Once again

        • Talha says:

          Can u please guide me about the two year bcom degree from KU ??
          and route for ACCA emeber for Pakistan how can they gain CGA CPA membership Please

  • Kashif says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I have a 4 years Degree (worth 120 credit hours) plus additional 12 credit hours so total of 132 credits. These include 33 Accounitng upper credits plus about 75 business credits.
    Can you suggest me any least costly way to get 18 further credits (accounitng or non-accounting) to reach 150 credits?

  • Paul says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Does CMA give any Accounting credits for CPA Evaluation ?

  • sarvinder says:

    Hii stephanie
    I have cleared my ca inter and i am a commerce graduate ( 3 year course) from india..Can i get any exemption in cpa australia???

  • Asfandyar Memon says:


    I am holding below mentioned qualifications with five years experience in the field of accounting.

    1. Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) | Specialization: Finance (Three Years) – University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
    2. Bachelor of Law (Three Years) – University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
    3. Master of Business Administration (Honours) | Specialization: Finance (One Year) – University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
    4. Master of Science in International Economics and Finance | Specialization: International Economic Integration – University of Milan, Italy

    Could you be kind enough to let me know regarding exemption for CPA?

  • Rushab says:

    Hi. I have a 3 year BBA degree from India with specialization in Accounting and Finance and a CMA certification. Am I eligible for CPA examination ? Also kindly suggest an appropriate route to be able to do so.

    Thank you

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Rushab, thanks for your note. I am afraid the CMA cannot be counted towards education so this means only the 3-year BCOM is counted. The state boards require a 4-year bachelor degree at a minimum. What you can do is to get a two-year master’s degree in a relevant field.

      Obviously this involves a lot of time, money and effort. You may want to think carefully whether it’s worth it.

      More info here:

      Regards, Stephanie

  • Umair Khan says:

    Your doing a great job, May god bless you with happiness.

    I am an ACCA , CMA and UAECA Member working in Dubai for past 5 years in Accounts.
    I also hold a BSC which you get from ACCA , I am looking to get that M com equivalence equivalence degree also.
    I really need to get the CPA educational requirement crossed over with , How can I ? I have no plans to do a master degree.
    I have an US immigration also in process , will be moving to Orlando Florida .

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Umair, I am glad you are moving to the US shortly. I hope you like Orlando 🙂
      May I ask whether you need to make up for extra classes in order to get the M COM equivalent? I have a few similar questions from readers and I hope to get a better understanding on this.

      If the answer is yes, then you have a better chance for this degree to be recognized as a “real” degree (I do fully respect your degree, but you know how state board may see it otherwise). If the answer is no, then maybe you will only consider it less.

      I heard that FL state board requirement is quite strict. You may want to take a closer look to see if you are qualified. We can discuss further after you do a bit more research.


  • Joe says:

    I have completed my evaluation through NASBA International Evaluation services. i got 131 credits and 7.5 business credits for my 4 year engineering degree. i need 24 accounting credits and 16.5 business credits more. i have CFA & FRM and one year course from NISM (which is owned by SEBI (like SEC in US) and unfortunately do not applied for any accreditation). I prefer Montana Jurisdiction due to flexibility in work exp certification. Can you suggest me an cost and time effective way to get enough credits.
    i was told that New Jersey lets you to take exam but need to have required credits and SSN before getting licence ( i donot have SSN). is there any time deadline for New Jersey after passing the exam?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Joe, thanks for your note. 24 credit hours is almost one year’s worth of education. You might as well take a one-year master’s degree in accounting for that… I am not sure about New Jersey but I have a page on state boards that may be more suitable for non-accounting majors. This group is getting smaller and smaller unfortunately, but you may want to take a look.

      As for NJ, I know they do state that SSN is required, but some state boards let you waive the requirement if you fill out a form or write a letter. You may want to email them as see if it is possible.

      It’s nice to know you want to go for the CPA as well, but if it proves to be too much work, CFA + FRM should already have opened a lot more doors for you. All the best! Stephanie

  • Harinder says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am holding a B.comm, M.comm degrees(5 year degrees) from India and also an associate member of Institute of Cost Accountants of India (member of IFAC) . I also have 5 years of work experience of accountancy, audit and finance in nationalised bank in India. Presently I am a Canadian PR holder and living in Ontario.
    Please guide me how many exemptions will I have in getting CPA designation ?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Harinder, may I ask whether you are asking the exemptions for Canadian CPA or US CPA? Not sure about Canadian, but for US CPA you should be qualified but I don’t think there will be exemptions (i.e. need to take the usual 4 parts of the exam). Regards, Stephanie

  • Rob says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I was wondering if you knew the difference in length of time it would take to complete the US CPA vs Canadian CPA?

  • Gurdev Singh says:

    Hi, I have Done B. Com (3 years, 2nd division) and CA from ICAI in India. Will I be able to meet the education requirement for exam and license for California State.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Gurdev, for BCOM + CA, please seek Leslie-Anne’s advice because for most states you won’t be qualified but she can probably still find a way for you to do that. Another thing to note is that for California, you need the social security number to ultimately get the license. You may want to try other states if you don’t have SSN. Regards, Stephanie

      • Shailee Sheth says:

        Hi Gurdev , I have the same educational qualifications as you do , i recently cleared my CA Final Examination in May 2017, i am also planning to do CPA, i will be grateful if you can inform me about the procedures you followed for CPA

  • Hadeeqa Rashid says:

    HI there!,

    I am an ACCA affiliate ,currenlty working as a trainee in one of the big 4 firms. I am plannig to move to canada this year and want to start CPA, can you please guide me about the exemptions that i ll get based on my bachelors degree and acca affiliation?

  • Maimoona Khurshid says:

    I am a qualified CMA from institute of cost and management accountant of Pakistan and I did my B.Com from Karachi University, According to WES assessment, I have 2 years diploma and three years graduation degree as per Canadian education system.

    Am i eligible for CPA Canada. Are any exemptions available.


  • Sajid Mehmud says:

    I am currently doing my MS in Finance from university of Lahore, Pakistan. I am a qualified CMA from institute of Cost and Management Accountant of Pakistan and I did my B.Com from Karachi University, Currently, i am working in a one of the Big Four Chartered Accountancy firm.

    Am i eligible for CPA US. Are there any exemptions available? (University of Lahore claims MS as fast track to CPA US i.e into 6 to 8 months). Further please guide if, CPA US helpful in immigration to US



    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sajid, first of all, I don’t think the US CPA license is helpful for immigration purpose, although it might be indirectly helpful for internal transfer within the Big 4 (I have readers who have done that), and then eventually settle in the US.

      I can’t really comment on whether your University’s claim in valid. Maybe you can ask them exactly which requirements they are able to fulfill. Assuming you have 90 credit hours / 3 year bachelor from your BCOM, and the minimum for US CPA qualification is 120 credit hour / 4 years, then ask them to explain how they could cram 30 credit hour of classes in 6-8 months time.

      Getting the 120 credit hours may let you take the exam; but note that you do need to make up to 150 credit hours (yet another 30 credit hours) to get the license. So you need to determine whether all these investment in time, money and effort is worth it considering it is not a direct path to immigration.

      Anyway, I am glad you are interested in the US CPA exam but let’s take the time to map up the best plan. If the ultimate goal is to work in the US, exploring internal transfer is probably a better idea. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Sajid Mehmud says:

    Thanks a lot dear Stephanie for your valuable time.


    Sajid Mehmud

  • Razaq Timilehin says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I appreciate the your time and the depth of your advice on this platform.

    I am a CA (with the institute of Chartered Accountant in Nigeria), also ACCA and BSc in a non-accounting course from a Nigerian university. I have had 8+ finance and accounting experience in the Oil and Gas industry. I have interest to either relocate to Australia or Canada – which of these countries is more easier for me to move to and which of GCA and CPA would you recommend I write ahead?

    Thank you.



    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Razaq, Canada and Australia have their own accounting qualification. It’s hard to take a “general” qualification that can be applied to both countries… You can always take a more global qualification such as the US CPA, but this is not the most relevant in either of these two countries. Maybe you can start the process once you’ve decided where to stay long term. Regards, Stephanie

      • Razaq Timilehin says:

        Thanks for your response Stephanie.

        I am considering moving to Canada based on my oil and gas experience which I think is more relevant in Canada. What do you advise?

  • Ayesha says:

    Hi, I am qualified CAF (certified in Accounting and Finance) from ICAP Pakistan. I will be soon moving to USA. I wanted to pursue my career as CPA.Kindly guide me the procedure through which I’ll be able to sit in CPA exam based on my standalone qualification of CAF.Also let me know about any exemptions available.

  • Sajitha says:

    I am an ACCA affiliate as well as MSc,postgraduate certificate in professional accountancy at university of London
    And I have 180 credits which I earn through ACCA and MSc .

    I am perusing to move Texas in USA and I desperately want to do CPA but I am confused that if I would be eligible or not for CPA

    Your suggestion will highly be appreciated

    Thank you

  • Fahad says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I have done my bachelors. My bachelors is only 130 credits so i will face issue with the licensing process. So if u do CMA will they count it as some credits for the licensing of CPA? . I’M planning sit for the exam in a 120 credits state but the problem is the licensing.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      No unfortunately the CMA is considered a professional designation which is most likely not counted. Regards, Stephanie

  • Anuj Goyal says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I am from india and have done Bcom Hons & Completed 1st year of (Post graduation) from Delhi I eligible to give CPA exams ??
    Also I heard that there is some exemption for the candidates that have completed CIMA (London), is that so??
    or is there any other exam that CPA exams has exemptions for ??

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Anuj,
      You will likely able to fulfill the degree requirement (BCOM + 1 year of MCOM) but will still need to complete the MCOM or get other courses to reach the 150 hour requirement. As an AICPA member you are eligible to take the new CGMA exam which is jointly launched by AICPA and CIMA. Other than that, there isn’t any exemption, waiver etc.

      The exemptions are given only to those who have the MRA with the US accounting bodies. Please check out there for details:

  • Syed Faisal Ali says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    I have done MBA from Adamson University Manila Philippines in 2001 and have 17 years of professional experience in the field of Accounts, Finance, Costing, Planning, Budgeting and Taxation currently I am working as Senior Deputy Manager Finance.

    I have come to know from reliable sources that on the basis of my experience and qualification, I can got full exemptions in your CPA program.

    If yes kindly guide me about the procedure, so I can use your prestigious membership along with my Name.

    Waiting for your favourable reply.


    Syed Faisal Ali

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Syed, I am just a blogger and don’t run the CPA exam administration. But I am not aware of exemptions in your case. You might want to check with your source and see whether they provide more info for your investigation. If that info is online, I am happy to check it out for you as well. Regards, Stephanie

  • Wasif says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am ACCA member since September 2014 and I did Bcom total duration 2 years and got my Oxford Brookees degree in applied accounting can I elgibile to sit for exam in California board ?


  • GEORGE C. NWAEKE says:

    I am a Nigerian and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with more than 23 years experience. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and an MBA (Accounting majors). I also hold a Masters and doctorate degrees in Economics. I am also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in Nigeria. My working experience cuts across the academia and government public service. I am interested in becoming a CPA. Kindly tell me the exemptions I will get as well as all other processes I need to undergo.
    Thank you.

  • Anirban Ghosh says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I passed the CPA exam in Nov 2011. I am a resident of India and had taken the Delaware state board route, which at that point allowed associate degree holders such as myself (BCom) to sit for the exam. I did not apply for a license then. Subsequently, I applied for ACCA exams and am 1 paper away from qualification. I had used CPA to claim exemptions and was granted in 7 papers. Question to you is: Since Delaware changed its 150 Hrs requirement in 2012 (after I passed) can I apply for license on the basis of my associate degree alone or will I now come under the 150 hr rule? The second question is, if I need to get additional credits, can I get them for ACCA papers that I have subsequently passed (about 6 papers, 5 of which are at advanced stage.)

  • Wasif says:

    Hi Stephine,

    Could you please guide the whole
    Process of CPA registration once evaluation done what will be the next step ?

  • Hardik Shah says:

    I am Chartered Accountant from India.
    How many and which papers I need to clear to get CPA certificate in Kenya.

  • Raju says:

    My name is Raju from India. I have passed Indian CA and CWA and having 11 work experience in US multinational firms . But my graduation is in Science (BSc)

  • Mohammad Qasim says:


    Dear Sir,

    Please provide information about paper based exemption in CPA for finalist or qualified CMA Pakistan. As I have done 16 papers (2 left from final stage and). If i want to join membership of CPA how exemption will be granted. please also consider my experience for almost 3 years in diversified industries.

    Your Proper Response will be highly appreciated

    Thanks a lot
    Mohammad Qasim

  • Samia Sriti Mahmud says:

    Dear Stephine,

    I have completed 03 years articleship from ACNABIN Chartered Accountants,an Independent member of Baker Tilly International, UK. and passed 800 marks out of 1800 marks of Chartered Accountancy Under Institute of Chartered Accounts of Bangladesh, also doing MPA (Master of professional Accounting ) at University of Dhaka. I have completed 04 years BBA. Currently im working in Rangs Group, Corporate Audit as Assistant Manager. now can i get any exemption in CPA?

  • Nwogu, Nwanevu Chukwuma says:

    Dear Stephine,

    I have a 4 year B.Sc degree in Accounting with a state University in Nigeria and in addition have a professional Qualification with the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN). I wish to take CPA, at what level of the examination will I start and what are the cost implications. Thanks for your anticipated reply.

  • M. Mayur Prabhu says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    I an from India, I have a 3 year bachelor degree in Science, a Chartered Accoutant,and A CMA (USA). I have around 19 years of experience in Financial COntrolling, Management Accounting. Am I qualified to take the CPA exam?


  • Anita says:


    I am CA inter Plus Bcom from India. I have completed 3 years of articleship and currently working with capgemini india Pvt ltd (finance dept).

    I am Moving canada next year, hence will not be able to continue with CA final exams in india.

    Please let me know what exemptions I will be able to get in CPA canada?

    your guidance in this regard will be highly appreciated.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Anita, I am afraid I only cover the US CPA exam which is completely different from that in Canada. Regards, Stephanie

    • Parinitha says:

      Hi Anitha,

      I am in the same boat as well, Im a graduate, have completed my CS and a CA final student. moving to canada in the next month, can i do CPA there? if yes, please guide me on how to pursue it and am i eligible for any exemptions? i have also completed 3 years of articleship training

  • Jamal says:

    I`m ACCA affiliate and I have Bsc in applied accountancy also. i have 5 years EXP: currently I’m working in Saudi Arab.
    I’m interested in doing CPA. please suggest.

  • Durgesh says:


    I am from India and I have completed my bachelor degree in science in chemistry and math. But I have done my MBA in Finance. I have 5 plus years of accounting experience with Big 4. I am wondering if I can get enough credit to write CPA. Please share your thoughts on this.

  • Palak says:

    Hey I clear bcom and ca from India in 2010. Having total 5 yrs experience out of that 3 yrs expirence in banking sector as regional credit manager funding department. Can I eligible for cpa.. ? Is any waiver allowed for course study? Also note that I m on H4 visa and want to clear cpa Georgia.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Palak, I am afraid not, as experience is part of the requirement and not an “extra” that can be considered a waiver. As a BCOM + CA, you might want to check with Leslie-Anne Rogers for advice.

  • Sheroff says:


    I am Qualified Chartered accountant from Pakistan (ICAP).I want to apply for CPA Australia or Canada. I have 5 years of audit experience with a Big 4 audit firm.
    Can you please guide me about exemptions and the related requirements for this. do i still need to attempt any papers?

  • Rhys says:

    Hi Steph,

    I have a 3 year Bsc in Finance and Accounting from UK university and then went on to obtain ACCA membership separately whilst employed in Big 4 in UK. I have 7 years audit experience and moved over to Australia in Big 4 last year. I beleive I could obtain CA over here in Oz and then I could get US CPA? Can you please advise. Thanks

  • Abhishay Gupta says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Hope you are doing well.

    I am indian CA plus B.COM. I want to pursue for Canadian CPA. Kindly suggest:
    a. I am eligible for exemption in exam paper, and
    b. I am eligible for exemption in practical experience



  • Rashid Ahmed says:

    I need some information. I am an ACCA affiliate, can I now only register with cpa and claim my exemptions using ACCA membership later? Since I don’t have my ACCA membership right now.

  • Ztariq says:


    I have CA-Intermediate, a two years Full time coursework, with ICAP(Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan). How much Credits will I get for CA-intermediate.

    The course work included Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Information Tech., Company Law, Business & behavioural studies, auditing and taxation.



  • Faheem says:


    I have 2 years bachelor degree and a Masters degree in business administration. I have also passed 12 exams of ACCA out of 14. So am i eligible for CPA exams. I am living in US as a permanent resident. I have 5 years of Banking exp as well.


  • Ali Iftikhar says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Hope you are doing well.

    As an intro, i am Ali Iftikhar and currently working in Deloitte Bahamas under CPA licence holder partner. I have more than 6 years of working experience with Deloitte in different countries including Cayman Island, Barbados, Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In near future i have plan to pursue American CPA but i am afraid whether i am eligible for it or not. Currently i am holding CA Pakistan certification along with master equivalency (M.Com) certificate that was issued on the basis of CA certificate.

    Can you please guide?


  • jithin baby says:


    i have cleared Both groups of CA-Intermediate from India and have an internship experience of over 1 year I dont hold a degree certificate. i wanna know about my eligibility to join the course.

  • Ana Rocha says:

    I have more than 15 years experience in being an financial auditor, an accountant, and financial coordinator in Portugal.
    I have five year university education, and a master in Management. I have a Portuguese accountant certification from OCC (Ordem dos Contabilistas Cerificados) and I actually sign the statutory accounts (local books accounts) from one multinational company.
    I wish to work abroad and I have to obtain a qualification as CPA. Please advice me on CPA.
    Thank you

  • Ana Rocha says:

    Hello again,
    I forgot to tell you that I can also obtain a qualification for ACCA.
    So, for me witch of them (CPA or ACCA) will be easier to get, and if my CC certification in Portugal and education can guaranties some kind of equivalence to one of them.
    Thank you again.

  • Marie says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I am a CPA,CA who have a bachelor degree in business administration(specialized in accounting) which is a 3years degree and also 1 year of second cycle diploma in public accounting which is the year we study here in canada that leads us to write the UFE exam and become a CA.

    Also, as a member of the CPA,Canada, we have yearly class training given by CPA Canada to do of 30hours per year in order to maintain our licence.

    Will these studies (3 yrs undergrad and 1 year in public accounting) meet the 150hours requirement?

    Does the class hours of training and updates in accouting/tax we do with the CPA, Canada every year can also count to meet the requirement?

    Also, Who should i contact to get it evaluated (Nasba or the state itself)?

    Thank you

  • Masud Khan says:

    Can an IMA member (who has a BBA degree & not an MBA degree) sit for AICPA exam?

  • Mohammad Amir says:

    I am ACMA (UK) from Chartered Institute of Management Accoutants. What courses would be exempted for me and pls let me inform what courses I need to complete with approximate expenditure to complete the CPA (Canada)








  • Satish Chundi says:

    Hi, I am an Indian and US CMA with Bachelors in Commerce (3 year course) with 3 years of experience. After going through your posts and comments on educational requirement to appear for the CPA exam, I understand that an M.Com can help in fulfilling the educational requirements. Can you please let me know if doing M.Com in distance (as I am working) will be helpful in fulfilling the educational requirement. Also, is there a possibility of doing a 1 year diploma program in Corporate Finance (Distance again) and getting the eligibility to sit for the exam. In the second case I will be planning to get the remaining 30 credits by pursuing any other relevant courses later.

    Thanks in advance. I would like to mention that during my prep for CMA-US exams, I followed your site to get insights and it was really helpful. You are doing a great work here.


  • Naeem Chughtai says:

    Hi Sir:

    I have a bachelors degree, BA in arts from Pakistan. I am also a CA finalist with total of 6 years of financial experience. Will i be able to get CPA admission in any state.

  • Mutiu Aileru says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    My names are Mutiu Aileru. I have Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HND) from a Polytechnic in Nigeria, as well as a professional qualification (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

    However, i desire to sit for the CPA exams. What advice do you have for me based on my own peculiar case.


  • Muhammad Shayan Qamar says:

    Hi Stephanie
    My name is Shayan Qamar and i live in Lahore, Pakistan. I’ve done O-Levels , am an ACCA affiliate and also have the Bsc hons from Oxford Brookes University through the thesis method. I plan to move to canada and work and live there. For that i want to do cpa. Kindly guide me the procedure through which ill become a cpa and then can work and live in canada.
    Kind regards

  • chinmay says:

    hello, i m chinmay.i am acca affiliate..i have obtained indian bcom of 3 years..with this while doing acca i submitted thesis and got oxford brookes bsc..i desperately wanna do cpa usa.will i satisfy 150 credit hours with this?

  • Nadir Malkani says:


    I am qualified chartered accountant from Pakistan (ICAP) and have done my bachelors from University of Karachi. I would like to know what would be the exemptions for me for CPA and also the credit hours

  • Adeeb says:

    Hi Staphanie,
    Hope you are doing great.

    Could you please tell me that are there any possible exemptions in CPA USA, if I have completed Chartered Accountancy from ICAP (Institution of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan) ?
    In addition, could you please tell me the exemptions in CPA USA if I am certified from Pakistan Institute Of Public Finance Accountants (An IFAC recognized certification).

    Thanks in advance.

  • kumar says:

    I have a three year b com from india along with cma . I know im not eligible for doing cpa right away,thus im planning to take a one year masters program and then to take up cpa. so i want to know in that case will i be eligible for any exceptions to do cpa? and how long it takes to do th course and how to choose and state here in usa . Im on h4 Visa and will convert soon to F1 for my masters .
    Thanks in advance . Awaiting your reply

  • Allison K. Telee, Jr. says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I hold a 4-year BA degree in Accounting and a 2-year Masters degree in financial management both from the University of Liberia, West Africa. In addition to that, I have over five years’ experience working in the field of financial management. I intend to do CPA in the USA, please advise whether I am qualified for exemptions in some papers and how many papers.



  • Aryan jung Shahi says:

    Greeting From Nepal

    I am from Nepal. I have completed my Master degree in Business study (MBS). and i want to join CPA so.i want to know Any provision for nepal about CPA. Will I must go out from my country for achieve CPA Degree.

  • Sohan tiwari says:

    I am graduated bcom(Hons) in Delhi university and I scored 85%marks in my graduation. Should this meets education requirement for CPA. One of CA told me this meets requirement if I done graduation with 1st Division . There is any chances of conducting CPA exam in India in late 2018 or early 2019.

  • Waqas Ali says:

    I have done B.Com (2 years) and MBA-Finance (2 Years) from Pakistan and having 10 years of professional experience in Pakistan.

    I just wanted to know what is the requirement for CPA USA and CPA Canada enrollment in Pakistan any am i eligible for any exemption.

    Thanks and Regards,

  • Md Shadab says:

    Hello Sir,
    Dis is Md.Shadab I just wanna know if I will complete my graduation.Can I give CPA exam??

  • syed Mukkarram says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    This is Syed here, I have done Bachelor in Commerce, and have 2 masters degree, 1 in Finance & other one is in economics. I have cleared Fundamental papers of ACCA.
    Currently working in Saudi Arabia as an Accountant by having almost 9 years of total experience.
    Can I eligible for the CPA USA. Can anyone tell me how i can do this.
    And would it be necessary to take admission in some of the universities in USA to appear for exam or I could give it their papers by sitting here in Saudi Arabia.
    What are the procedures to enroll in CPA.

  • Salman says:

    i have passed first 4 papers of CA Pakistan.can i get exemptions of 4 papers or less in Candian CA.
    And also,, Is there any scholership for tthis in canada

  • Nithin says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    How many credit hours does cma usa provide?
    I am planning on doing CPA. Can cma with bcom provide eligibility for CPA?

  • Salman says:


    I am chartered accountant from Pakistan. I am currently working in one of the big four audit firm in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. I want to pursue CPA USA can you guide me which state is the best? Will Texas recognize and give me credit hours?

  • Hello Sir,

    I am a Nigeria graduate of Accounting from a Polytechnic ad FCA – Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, with over 17 years post qualification work exprience.

    If I want to become a CPA, what are exemption and or level that I will start from.

    Thank you.

    Olajide Abiodun

  • Hamza Ali says:

    Hey, let me clarify this to you. They want you to spend a lot of money before you get that licence.Taking CPA is not harder than ACA, CA or any other Chartered Accounting Exam. Now all over the world, they start teaching you courses based on Accounting Standards in that country right when you start your Undergraduate Degree and in most countries, one can appear for Chartered Accounting Exams right after their Undergraduate Degree. Becuase they have made their undergraduate degrees extensively based on standards of accounting. Here, in United States, an undergraduate student knows only a few standards by the time he/she graduates. Most standard based courses are taught in graduate school. Now this is completely unfair. If an undergraduate student in any other country can study standard based accounting right after high school then a US student can also do it. There is no point to make him go to graduate school and then appear for his CPA. In this way, by the time, the student is done with his graduate degree, he is in alot of student loan and has given a lot of business to the universities and the federal government. Also note that cpa exam fees are way higher than chartered accounting exam fees in many countries, even if you break the exam into parts and compare their per part fee to equivalent chartered accounting exam fees in other countries. Its all regulation of salaries and earning enough business in the process of making a student’s career.

    The same idea goes for medical schools and law schools. Almost all countries in the world allow students to start law school or medical school right after high school except for US. It is all about money.

    Most Presidents of US Colleges have served at some point in US Treasury. Take them as lieutenant fixed by government to regulate the fee structure, requirements for licences, pre requisites as harsh and tough as possible to all the students would have to go through alot of Bullshit and would need Government’s assistance in funding and the colleges too would generate a lot of revenue in the process.

    This is unfair as it makes cost of attaining a suitable level of education hard and so damn expensive for students. Moreover, it makes students work and attend college instead of focusing entirely on their classes. This is an entirely corrupt system and I really don’t know why does no citizen portest against it. How can all of you get raped like this and do nothing. If I personally need to stand anywhere in this and play any role in going against it, I will certainly do it. It would be my honor. But people should do something about it.

  • Nabeel Ahmad says:


    Is ACCA membership with two-year Bachelors and two-years Masters in Commerce from Pakistan is sufficient for CPA exam entrance from any state.

  • Divya Changulani says:

    I am a Chartered Accountant (ACA) from India and am also a Cost and Management Accountant (ACMA) from the ICMAI (earlier ICWAI), India. I also hold a Bacherlor’s of Commerce degree from Mumbai University with a First Division. Would I be eligible to take up the CPA exam? Also, can I become a member of the IMA, US and use the degree CMA (is the MOU between ICWAI and IMA still valid)?

  • Dave says:

    Hi Stephanie, I am FCCA with a MSC in Professional accounting from the University of London. Do I qualify to sit for the CPA.

    • Meghan D says:

      There are so many factors to consider before knowing if you’ll qualify to sit for the CPA Exam. But the very first step you may want to take is having your transcripts evaluated. Meeting the educational requirements for the CPA Exam can be quite challenging and this is generally the largest hurdle candidates have. So find out if you have enough credit hours and let me know what you find out.

      I Pass the CPA Exam

  • Muhammad Usman Akbar says:

    What Exemptions are available to members of ICMA Pakistan????

    • Meghan D says:

      The CPA Exam has very few exemptions that will apply. Therefore, most candidates have to meet all of the requirements regardless of what other designations and/or certifications they may have.

      I Pass the CPA Exam

  • Joanna says:

    Hi, I have a 3-year bachelors degree and i am an ACCA affiliate. Am I eligible to appear for the CPA examinations?

  • Danyal says:

    I’m an ACCA member having 6+ years of professional experience at one for the big4 accounting firms. I also hold a bachelors degree and want to pursue CPA. I wanted to know if I’m eligible for 150 credit hours required for the CPA eligibility?

  • khizar hayat says:

    i interested in cima/acca and my qualification is mba finance/

  • John says:

    Hi! I have my M’com degree from India and completed CMA, from IMA, I want to proceed with CPA with Colorado board and they have a concentration in Audit under us GAAP requirement. I would like to know wether this criteria of Audit GAAP concentration is exempted for CMA? Thanks

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