New York CPA License Process

New Yorkers, are you ready to find out about the New York CPA licensing process? Are you ready to change your CPA status from candidate to licensee? Are you ready to change your life forever? You can have all this and more. For five easy payments of $9.99, you can get the stains out of anything 🙂 I have to stop watching OxiClean infomercials. It gets me all frazzled and channels my inner Billy Mays. Okay, calm down, Andrew. Calm down, you got this!

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The Empire State Licensing Process

In order for you to get the pretty three letters CPA on your business card, New York does not require you to pass an ethics exam. Unlike other states that require candidates to take a state-based professional conduct exam or the AICPA Ethics Exam, New York currently does not require its candidates to take and pass a similar exam. For more information on licensing requirements, please visit

As far as work experience is concerned, New York requires that you have one year of accounting experience under a licensed CPA. Please document your work experience on the Applicant Experience Record Form. In addition, you will need to have your employer verify your work experience on the Verification of Experience by Supervisor Form.

Once you have your work experience completed, you are on your way to becoming a CPA. All that is left for you to do is to fill out the Application for Licensure. In addition to the application, you will need to make sure that you submit $377 to the New York State Department of Education. Please keep in mind that you will need 150 credit hours to become a licensed CPA. Although you could have passed the CPA Exam with a four year degree (120 credit hours), you will need to ensure that you earn the extra 30 credit hours. If you did not have 150 credit hours when sitting for the CPA Exam, you will need to fill out the Certification of Professional Education Form. In addition, you must be at least 21 years old to become licensed in New York. If you have any additional questions about licensing requirements for the different pathways offered in New York, please visit and your state board for up to date information. As always, remember to breathe.


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