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The Certified Public Accountant (CPA®)

The U.S CPA designation provides you the key to career success with stability, excellent compensation, increased mobility, and continued career growth opportunities

Why the CPA is on demand?

Need for CPA

  • Increasing globalization
  • Widespread adoption of IFRS
  • Greater focus on ethics
  • Tighter industry regulations
  • A changing world
  • Strategy is more important than ever

Exam structure & content

  • The CPA Exam is a computer-based test comprised of four sections. The current exam—administered by the AICPA —takes a total of 14 hours for all four parts.
  • Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
  • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  • Regulation (REG)
What you should know about the CPA® exam?
18 months
to pass the 4 parts
14 hours
total lengths of the exam
candidates per year

How to become a CPA® charterholder?

1- The requirements
To qualify for the CPA Exam, you need to meet educational and other requirements specific to the state or jurisdiction in which you intend to be licensed to practice. Most states require that you have a bachelor’s degree before you sit for the exam. However, some states require that you have 150 hours of coursework (the equivalent of a Master’s degree) before you qualify to sit. More information about the requirements.
2- Prepare the CPA Exam
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3 - Apply to the CPA Exam
To apply for the CPA Exam, you must submit forms and transcripts, along with fees (ranging from $900 to $1,000), to the state board or its designee. You may apply to any state or jurisdiction, but may only register to take the exam in one jurisdiction at a time. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year, and the process usually takes from four to six weeks for first-time candidates. Read the official CPA applicants guide
4 - Schedule Your Exam
Once your application has been processed by the state board, you’ll receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is required for you to schedule your CPA Exam at a Prometric Test Center. Generally, you’ll need to sit for your first exam within six months of receiving the NTS, although this can vary by jurisdiction. The CPA Exam is offered two out of every three months of each quarter. The months when testing is available are called "testing windows." You may schedule the exam parts in any order, and one at a time, if you prefer.
5 - Become CPA license
To earn your CPA you need to meet work experience requirements. Contact your State Board for full details. ( Contact your State Board for full details.

How to prepare for the CPA® exam?

This selective designation requires only the best. Top Finance, in partnership with Becker accompanies you through your CPA® Exam preparation thanks to comprehensive program

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