Each state’s Board of Accountancy imposes specific eligibility criteria for individuals wishing to obtain a CPA license. You need to pass the Uniform CPA Exam, obtain relevant work experience, and gather your papers. This guide explains in detail how to become a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
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Credit Requirements: Applicants must earn 150 credits from a college or university approved by the state’s Board of Accountancy, including 30 credits from upper-level accounting courses and 24 credits from upper-level business courses.
Minimum degree: Baccalaureate.
Additional Requirements: None.
Educational Requirement: Candidates must complete 150 semester hours in a four-year educational institution recognized by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, including 30 semester hours of upper-level accounting courses and 24 hours of upper-level business courses.
Experience Requirements: Candidates must earn at least 2,000 hours of relevant work experience over a period of less than two consecutive years providing diversified accounting services under a licensed CPA’s supervision.
Ethics Exam: Yes – Texas requires applicants to complete a three-hour ethics course approved by the Board. Please note that this requirement is different from the AICPA Ethics Exam requirement imposed by many states.
Social Security Requirements: Yes
Participates in International Exam Program: Yes
Minimum Age: 18 years.
Citizenship: There is no citizenship requirement for obtaining a CPA license, but one must have a valid SSN.
More Requirements: None.
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
505 E. Huntland Drive, Suite 380 Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 305-7851
Fax: (512) 305-7875
Initial application fee: $20
Transfer of credit fee: $100
Eligibility application fee: $15 per exam section.
Re-examination fees: applicants must pay an examination and application fee for each exam section retaken.
Total: $984.60 (transfer of credit not included)
All fees are non-refundable.
Texas CPA licenses must be renewed annually by the last day of the licensee’s birth month.
Texas licensees must complete 120 CPE hours over a three-year rolling period to maintain their permits to practice, including four hours of Texas-specific accounting ethics hours every two years. No less than 20 CPE hours shall be completed each year.