CPA: Certified Public Accountant Definition

A CPA is an accountant who has undergone the required training, testing, and experience and received CPA licensure through a state board of accountancy.

Extended Definition
Accountants applying for CPA licensure must have completed a college accounting program, passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and fulfilled the work requirement, which is usually two years. The requirements for CPA licensure may differ from state to state.

CPAs must undergo continuing professional education (CPE) to keep their license active. This may include webinars, workshops, conferences, and online self-study courses. CPAs must earn a certain number of CPE credits during a time frame, which the state decides.

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Rachel Blakely-Gray | May 11, 2023

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