New York CPA Licensing Requirements – A Brief Overview

Certified Public Accountants  who acquire a certification in New York will find themselves among the best paid accounting professionals in the state.  The Department of Labor for the State of New York reported that the median salary for Certified Public Accountants in New York was $75,600 in 2012, ranking it 2nd in the United Sates.   So if you are working in the field of accounting and you are thinking about going back to school, or if you’re just getting started on your academic career, you might want to consider enrollment in an accredited CPA program.   On the page below we will provide you with some need-to-know details about requirements for Certified Public Accountants everywhere as well as items specific to those seeking a CPA license in New York.

New York CPA Licensing Requirements – A Closer Look

New York CPA Licensing RequirementsThe educational and professional requirements for Certified Public Accountants are going to vary from state to state.  So while it’s always a good idea to pay close attention to the requirements specific to your state during your exam preparation, you can count on there being some fairly standard requirements for CPA license applicants everywhere.  These requirements will usually include:

  • That potential CPA license holder will have completed an undergraduate degree program from an accredited institution with a major in accounting or in a field of study that is closely related to that of accounting
  • That during the completion of that program, the potential CPA license holder will have completed a minimum of 150 semester units of college coursework
  • That the potential CPA license holder will have taken and passed the four-part Uniform CPA Exam.  This exam is offered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants  and is typically taken over a period of 6 to 18 months
  • That the potential CPA license holder will have been employed a minimum of one year-full time in an accounting related job or in a position that is closely related to an accounting job

The state of New York also requires that all CPA license applicants can meet the requirements detailed in one of the following options:

  • Option 1: That the potential CPA license holder has earned a bachelor’s or higher degree, with 120 semester units including, which will include the following: 24 units in accounting, 21 semester units in business and accounting electives, and  a minimum of 60 semester units in liberal arts and sciences
  •  Option 2: That the potential CPA license holder has earned a bachelor’s or higher degree, with 150 semester units, which will include the following: 33 semester units in accounting (financial accounting theory and principles, managerial accounting, and others), 36 semester units in general business electives, and a minimum of 60 semester units in liberal arts and sciences

To learn more about New York’s requirements for Certified Public Accountants, please visit  the CPA requirements section at New York State Office of the Professions page.

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