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.

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Leventhal School of Accounting
ACC 101, mc 0441
3660 Trousdale Parkway
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0441

 

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