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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). Learn about obtaining a Masters Degree from UNR and UNLV.

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.

NVCPA Scholarships

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.

Have you recently passed the CPA exam? Reimbursement scholarships are available. Learn More!

AICPA Scholarships

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..


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. .

About Applying

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.

About Preparing

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..

Prep Courses.

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             Gleim


Contact Lupe Casillas for Northern Nevada -

Contact Lori Reed for Southern Nevada -