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Age Requirement: None
Citizenship Requirement: No
Residency Requirement: No
Social Security Number Requirement: Yes
Education Requirement for Licensure 150 hours (including B.A.)
Participates in International Examination Program Yes
Hours in accounting: Accounting courses = minimum 24 semester hours, to include: auditing, financial accounting, management accounting and taxation. Business courses = minimum of 24 semester hours, not more than 6 semester hours of accounting courses (not included in the 24 hours of accounting courses) may be considered as business courses. Principles or introductory courses do not qualify in the 48 required hours.
Exam sitting requirements: 120 semester hours (including B.A.) with accounting concentration or equivalent.
Experience requirements: Employed full-time equivalent of 1 year in academia, a firm, government or industry in any capacity involving the substantial use of accounting, financial, tax or other skills that are relevant. Whether other skills are relevant shall be determined by the Virginia Board of Accountancy on a case-by-case basis. Self- employment does not qualify as experience.
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state society

Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

Lauren Simonetti


4309 Cox Road

Glen Allen, VA




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state board

Virginia Board of Accountancy


9960 Mayland Drive

Suite 402

Henrico, VA


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