Now is a great time to become a CPA, no matter where you live. The accounting profession is thriving all around the globe, so it's only fitting that the CPA Exam follows suit.
How can I qualify to take the CPA Exam outside the United States?
The CPA Exam is part of the licensure process for the U.S. CPA credential. The licensure process for international candidates follows the same general path as CPA candidates in the United States, so you must apply through a participating U.S. state board of accountancy. Once you pass the CPA Exam and meet all of the requirements you will be granted a CPA license from your state board of accountancy.
Where can I take the CPA Exam?
In August 2011, the administration of the CPA Exam was expanded to Prometric testing centers in select international locations. The list keeps growing, and you can find the most up-to-date list of testing countries here.
Usually, you need to be a citizen or permanent resident of the country in which the exam is offered to be able to test in that country. In some cases though, you may qualify for regional eligibility--meaning you can take the CPA Exam in a country close to where you hold citizenship. Learn more about regional eligibility here.
So, what's the difference between the CPA Exam offered in Indiana and the one offered in Japan?
The CPA Exam is the same no matter where it is administered. Even the words on the test are the same since the exam is only offered in English.
The primary difference for international candidates is the addition of an informed consent agreement, international testing fees, and additional identification requirements.
Learn more about International CPA Exam testing and international licensure and prepare for your future as a CPA by reading up on one CPA's journey to a becoming a U.S. CPA from outside the United States.
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