University of Southern California

CPA Licensing

 
California CPA Exam and Licensure Requirements

 
Exam Requirements

To qualify to take the CA CPA Exam, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree or higher
  • 24 semester units in accounting subjects
  • 24 semester units in business-related subjects

Licensure Requirements

To become licensed as a CPA in CA, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree or higher
  • Passing score on the Uniform CPA Examination
  • 150 semester units total
  • 30 semester units in accounting subjects
  • 38 semester units in business-related subjects
  • 10 semester units in ethics courses
  • Completion of one year of general accounting experience (500 hours) under the supervision of a licensed CPA

California Board of Accountancy

For more detailed information about becoming a licensed CPA, visit the California Board of Accountancy site.

CPA Exam Updates

For updates on the computer-based exam, visit the AICPA CPA exam website.