Information for the License:

Certified Public Accountant

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  California Board of Accountancy
Division Name: Licensing Division
Telephone:  (916) 263-3680
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

Fees: Examination application: First-time candidate $100, Transfer Candidate $100, Repeat candidate $50. Additional fees will be paid directly to NASBA for each section of the exam.

License application: $250.
Initial License Fee: $100/$200.
Renewal Fee: $50.

Examination Frequency:  Six days per week, two out of every three months.

Examination Locations: Nationwide Prometric Testing Centers.

Educational Requirements:  Baccalaureate degree or higher from a college or university that is accredited by a U.S. regional or national accrediting agency, with a total of 150 semester units comprised of at least 24 semester units in accounting subjects, 24 semester units in business-related subjects, 20 semester units in accounting study, and 10 semester units in ethics study.  Foreign education must be evaluated by a CBA-approved foreign credentials evaluation service.

Licensure Requirements: Pass the CPA Exam, 2 years accounting experience with education listed above or 1 year accounting experience with education listed above.

Application processing time:  Exam:  6-8 weeks, Licensing:  Once all documents are submitted, 4-6 weeks.

Renewal Period: Biennially (every second year).

Special License Requirements: The Board accepts and evaluates for approval, applications from individuals licensed in other states who wish to practice in California, if California licensing requirements are met.

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Division 3, Chapter 1, Sections 5000-5192. California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 1, Article 1-13, Sections 1-99.1.