Below you will find the basic prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all California CPA requirements. There may be additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience. For help with further requirements, we offer FREE U.S. CPA Exam Eligibility Assessments to anyone purchasing or already purchased a 4-part Wiley CPAexcel Review Course. We will provide you continued support throughout the application process at no additional charge.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in June 2020.

CPA Exam Requirements in California

Education


Baccalaureate degree is required
120 total semester hours
24 semester hours of accounting
24 semester hours of business

View Other California Education Requirements.

Residency


US citizenship is not required.
California residency is not required.

Age


NO Age Requirements.

Exam Fees:


Initial Application Fee:$100.00
Audit:$208.40
Financial:$208.40
Regulation:$208.40
Business:$208.40
Total:$933.60

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking. Fees are always subject to change.

Contact Information:


Christopher McGrath
Wiley CPAexcel Eligibility Advisor
Email: chmcgrath@wiley.com


CPA License Requirements in CA

Education


150 semester hours (including 20 additional semester hours of accounting)

10 semester hours of ethics

 

Work Experience


Work experience is required.

Other Qualification


Social Security Number required.

Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Getting your CPA license in California can mean that additional requirements must be met. Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the California State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.