Pennsylvania CPA License Process

Ha ha! Mhm! Good morning! Are you ready to go on a really, really big adventure? Boy, I sure am. Today, we are going to talk about the Pennsylvania CPA licensing process. Before we do, I need you to concentrate; I need you to focus; I need you to channel your inner Pee Wee Herman. Ha ha! Mhm! Get your juke box ready to play Tequila by The Champs. Are you ready? I sure am! Join your thumbs to your index fingers and make two circles. Start dancing 🙂 Still not clear enough, check out this video:



Sure looks like Pee Wee is having a great time with his new friends! Squad goals 🙂 You will too when you complete your big adventure of becoming a licensed Pennsylvania CPA. You have already passed the CPA Exam. So you are almost there. Ha ha! Mhm! In all seriousness though, you have no ethics requirement to worry about; however, you still need to obtain your work experience requirement and submit your licensing application. Are you ready to find out more information? Let’s hop on in and explore the requirements of the Keystone State.

The Keystone State Licensing Process

In order for you to get the pretty three letters CPA on your business card, Pennsylvania 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, Pennsylvania currently does not require its candidates to take and pass a similar exam. For more information on licensing requirements, please visit the Pennsylvania’s State Board of Accountancy website.

As far as work experience is concerned, Pennsylvania requires that you have one year of accounting experience under a licensed CPA. One year of work experience equates to 1,600 accounting related hours. To document your work experience, please complete the Verification of Experience Form. For more information on work experience requirements, please visit Pennsylvania’s Experience Requirement for CPA Certification.

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 your Certified Public Accountant Certification Application. 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 have any additional questions about licensing requirements, please visit and your state board for up to date information. As always, remember to breathe.


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