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last updated 6/13/2016


Age Requirement: None
Citizenship Requirement: No
Residency Requirement: No
Social Security Number Requirement: No
Education Requirement for Licensure 150 hours (including B.A. Degree)
Participates in International Examination Program Yes
Hours in accounting: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting subjects of which 15 hours must be at the upper division or graduate level
Exam sitting requirements: Must be within 180 days of completing education requirement
Experience requirements: 1 year general experience gained through the practice of public accounting and/or employment in industry, academia, or government.
Ethics exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure

The Es of becoming a CPA

When it comes to licensure requirements, don't forget your Es: education, experience, examination and—depending on your state—ethics. Here's the lowdown on licensure to become a CPA.

The Es of becoming a CPA

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Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants

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