Education & Exam
The first step in becoming a CPA is to complete your higher education. Graduating from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university is strongly recommended.
120 Initial Credit Hours
These hours are equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and are required by all states before you sit for the Uniform CPA Exam..
30 Additional Credit Hours
These hours are required by all boards of accountancy to be licensed as a CPA, and may be taken through a graduate accounting program (although not required).
State & Territory Requirements
Additional or unique education requirements for licensure are determined by each state or jurisdiction board of accountancy. Please review your state's requirements. or NV Requirements.
The NVCPA offers scholarships to Accounting students at UNR, UNLV, TMCC, CSN, GBC, and WNC. As long as you apply for scholarships through your school, you are automatically included in our scholarship pool. No additional application is required. Please see your local scholarship office for details..
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers a wide variety of scholarships throughout the nation. Learn More!
NVCPA Student Memberships
When you join the Nevada Society of CPAs as an undergraduate or CPA candidate, you will be one step ahead of your peers! Membership gives you unlimited access to the career-starting resources listed below. Gain a competitive advantage and join today. Scholarships available for most students. Contact Anna Durst for more information.. email@example.com.
All CPAs must pass a four-part, uniform CPA Exam. It’s a good idea to get a high-level of understanding of the exam before you begin studying.
About the Exam
There are four parts: Auditing & Attestation (AUD), Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), Regulation (REG), and Business Environments & Concepts (BEC). BEC will be replaced in 2024. Review the Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Bulletin for more information about the exam content and the examination process. .
The exam is the same worldwide, but requirements to sit for it vary across each state. First, determine which state or jurisdiction you will become licensed in, then apply directly through its board of accountancy to determine if you are eligible to take the exam. After your application is received and accepted, you'll be issued a Notice to Schedule (NTS) that allows you to schedule your first section.
Some can pass all sections with just a few hours of studying per week, while others may need 25 hours or more. Ultimately, how you prepare is up to you, but there are resources to help. You can access free materials like the CPA Exam Blueprints and tutorial and sample tests on the AICPA website. You may also want to check out Next Stop: CPA the official CPA Exam podcast of the AICPA..
Most CPA candidates use a nationally-recognized CPA Exam Review Course provider to study for the exam. There are many to choose from. The most important things to consider are finding a course that fits your study style and your budget.
The NVCPA has CPA Review Course discounts with the following providers:
Wiley U World Roger CPA Review
Contact Alex Reyes for Northern Nevada - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Lori Reed for Southern Nevada - email@example.com