Steps to Becoming a CPA
Earning the CPA designation will advance your career significantly. The following checklist will help take you from exam candidate to CPA.
Step 2: Review the CPA Candidate Bulletin
The CPA Candidate Bulletin provides detailed information every candidate should read prior to applying for the CPA Exam.
Step 3: Apply to Take the Exam
Contact your board of accountancy or its dedicated agent to receive an application form. Complete the application form and submit it along with your examination fees to the appropriate address. The application process may take as long as 4-8 weeks.
Step 4: Take a CPA Review Course
You should plan to spend 250-400 hours in total preparation for the CPA Exam. Put in the time and effort to prepare yourself completely so you can sit for each section with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to pass.
Step 5: Receive Your Notice to Schedule (NTS)
Verify that all information is correct. Be sure the name appearing on the NTS exactly matches the name on the identification documents you will be bringing to the testing center.
Step 6: Schedule Your Exam
Schedule your examination appointment immediately after you receive your NTS. It is recommended that you schedule at least 45 days before the desired test date.
Step 7: Take Your Exam
Proper nutrition and rest leading up to exam day are crucial for maximum recall of reviewed topics.
Step 8: Receive Your Scores
A passing score is 75, and scores may be released as early as 30 to 90 days after taking your exam.