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California CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree or higher

Credit Requirements:: 150 semester units total including 24 semester units in accounting, 24 semster units in business, 20 semester units in accounting study, and 10 semester units in ethics study

Residency Requirements
Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship not required
Minimum Age: None

License Requirements
Social Security Requirement: Yes
Education Requirement: 150 semester hours
Experience Requirements: 1 year general experience which includes any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax or consulting skills. For those wishing to sign attest reports, the experience shall include 500 hours of attest.
Ethics Exam: Must pass California Professional Ethics Exam

California State Board Contacts
California State Board of Public Accountancy
2000 Evergreen St., Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95815-3832
Phone: (916) 561-1703
Phone 2: (916) 571-1701 (licensure)
Fax: (916) 263-3675

California CPA Exam Fees
Initial Application Fee per Section: $100
Reapplication Fee per section: $50

Examination Fees

  • AUD - $208.40
  • FAR - $208.40
  • BEC - $208.40
  • REG - $208.40