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Exam/Qualifications – Requirements for Examination

You must meet the following qualifications to take the CPA exam.

  • Complete the electronic fingerprint process for a background check of the criminal history files of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). (You will receive background check instructions with notification of receipt of the AOI.)
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higherdegree from a board-recognized United States college or university, or an equivalent degree as determined by board rule from an institution of higher education in another country.
  • Complete120 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalents of college credit.
  • Complete 21 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalents of upper levelaccounting courses from a board-recognized college or university.
  • Complete 24 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalents of upper level relatedbusiness courses.
    Within the coursework two-semester hours of accounting or business communications are required.

The first step to determine your eligibility to take the CPA exam is to submit an Application of Intent.

The website contains detailed information about these and other requirements to take the CPA exam and become a Texas CPA.