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Texas CPA Exam Requirements


For Candidates in Texas that have not Taken the Uniform CPA Exam

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy is comprised of 15 members that are chosen by the Governor and the state Senate. Of those members, 10 are licensed CPA’s and five are public members that have no direct affiliation with accountancy. The Board is responsible for administering the CPA examination, issuing licenses, regulating accountants and accounting firms, and administering discipline when necessary.

Texas is also home to the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, a nonprofit organization that represents more than 27,000 members throughout the state. The TSCPA is dedicated to raising the overall standards of licensed CPAs in Texas.

*Accredited online master’s programs in accounting are helping to make the 150 semester hours required for a CPA license more accessible than ever. The AICPA recognizes Master of Science in Accounting programs as providing bachelor’s degree holders with the most direct path to earning the additional credit hours required for CPA licensure.

Those applying to take the CPA exam in Texas must apply through the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Education Requirements

Applicants must complete 150 semester hours and earn at least a bachelor’s degree before applying to take the CPA exam. Semester hours must include:

  • At least 30 semester hours must be in upper-division accounting classes such as:
    • Accounting information systems (maximum 12 semester hours)
    • Accounting research and analysis (minimum 2 semester hours)
    • Auditing and attestation
    • Financial accounting and reporting for business/government/non-profit/international
    • Financial statement analysis
    • Fraud examination
    • Internal accounting control and risk assessment
    • Taxation (maximum 12 semester hours)
  • At least 24 semester hours must be in upper-division business courses such as:
    • Business communications (minimum of 2 semester hours)
    • Business law
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Information systems or technology
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • At least 3 semester hours must be in a board approved ethics course

General Requirements

  • Applicants must submit an application of intent to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Applicants must submit to a background check
  • After the application of intent has been approved by the board, applicants must submit an eligibility application
  • There is no citizenship or residency requirement for taking the CPA exam in Texas
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that have been attended

Fee Requirements

  • Application fee – $50
  • Eligibility application fee – $20 per test section
  • Examination fees:
    • Auditing and Attestation (AUD) – $192.03
    • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) – $192.03
    • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) – $172.51
    • Regulation (REG) – $172.51

Prometric testing centers in Texas are located in the following cities:

  • Abilene
  • Odessa
  • Wichita Falls
  • Lubbock
  • Waco
  • Bedford
  • Austin
  • San Antonio (2)
  • Dallas (2)

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