The 150-Hour CPA Requirement

A successful financial executive with considerable experience in the accounting sector, James Kasim has worked for many years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a distinction that requires a certificate and license from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). As part of its CPA program, the AICPA requires all membership candidates to complete at least 150 semester hours of education.

In today’s complicated business landscape, four-year undergraduate programs no longer provide all the tools necessary for a graduate to succeed as an accountant. The AICPA’s 150-hour requirement provides an opportunity for candidates to learn about topics such as new tax legislation, complex business methods, and the evolution of roles in the profession. To complete the 150-hour prerequisite, aspiring CPAs can pursue a master’s degree in accounting or enroll in a five-year professional accounting school. Today, all U.S. jurisdictions except the U.S. Virgin Islands require 150 hours of study for CPA licensure.

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