New York CPA requirements
If you want to get your CPA license, you'll need to meet the New York CPA requirements outlined by the state's Board of Accountancy. We're providing a breakdown of the education and experience requirements as well as the steps you'll need to take to maintain your license, but it's also important to verify with your state board for any updates or changes.
NY CPA Requirements
In order to receive your CPA license in New York, you must meet the following requirements:
Be 21 years of age or older
Be of good moral character
Meet the experience requirements below
Meet the education requirements below
Education requirements for your California CPA license
In order to sit for the CPA Exam in California, you must meet a set of education requirements. First, you need to have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. You must also have 120 semester units within the subjects listed below.
If you applied for licensure or completed your education after August 1, 2009 and have completed 150 semester hours, you must meet one of the following:
- Completed a registered 150 program approved by NYSED (CPA Examination Services reviews education. Complete Registered Program Form), or
- Completed a master’s degree with a major in accounting from a school accredited in accounting by AACSB (CPA Examination Services reviews education), or
- Completed a bachelor’s or higher degree and a minimum of 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in college level education to include the following:
- Financial accounting, at the upper division and beyond introductory level,
- Cost accounting,
- Audit and attestation, at the upper division,
- Accounting research, and
- 36 semester (54 quarter) hours in general business.
- Note: The following two subjects: Communications and Ethics and Responsibilities, are required and may come from accounting or business.
You must also meet the following experience requirements:
- At least one year of acceptable full-time experience (for the 150-hour education pathway), OR at least two years of acceptable full-time experience (for the 120-hour education pathway).
- Acceptable experience may be earned in a public accounting firm, government, private industry or an educational institution.
- Experience can be in one of the following service areas:
- Management advisory
- Financial advisory
- Consulting skills.
- Experience must be gained under the supervision of a US certified public accountant who is properly licensed and registered or authorized to practice in the jurisdiction of their principal place of business.
Maintaining your New York CPA license
New York CPAs must renew their license every three years. The cycle occurs January 1 - December 21 triennially.