Pennsylvania does not require 150 semester hours of educational requirements to sit for the exam, but the full 150 hours are needed to obtain the CPA license.
Pennsylvania CPA Requirements
1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam in PA
Bachelor’s degree or above.
24 credit hours of accounting courses, including accounting and auditing, business law, finance or tax subjects of a content satisfactory to the board, not necessarily as a part of your undergraduate work.
2. Additional Pennsylvania CPA Requirements to Get the License
150 credit hours from an accredited university or educational institution.
24 credit hours of accounting and auditing, business law, finance or tax subjects of a content satisfactory to the board.
additional 24 credit hours in accounting, auditing and tax subjects of a content satisfactory to the board, not necessarily as part of the individual’s undergraduate or graduate work.
Note: the PA State board refers the CPA license as the “CPA certificate”. This is not to be confused with the CPA certificates available in two-tier states.
150-credit candidates must complete one year (1,600 hours) of work experience through employment in government, industry, academia, or public practice within 5 years of the date of certification application.
The experience must be verified by an individual who is currently licensed to practice public accounting as a CPA in Pennsylvania or another state.
*Launched in Apr 2016* The NASBA Experience Verification service is now available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.
3. Pennsylvania CPA Requirements on Residency & Age
US citizenship not required but Social security number is required
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