To be eligible for taking the CPA Exam you must meet the requirements of the board of accountancy in the U.S. state (or jurisdiction) in which you plan to take the CPA Exam.
Most states require CPA Exam candidates to have a minimum of 120 college credits or a bachelor's degree both of which must include specified accounting and business courses from a college or university approved by the state's board of accountancy.
However, to become a licensed certified public accountant you will need to have:
- Passed the CPA Exam
- Earned 150 college credit hours in courses specified by your state
- Passed an ethics exam
- Had a specified amount of professional accounting work experience