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What is a CPA?

In the accounting profession, CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant. A CPA is an accounting license issued by the U.S. state board of accountancy to practice the profession. It is one of the most credible, reputed, and sought-after certifications in the accounting industry.

One has to undertake an arduous journey to earn a CPA license. To earn the credential, you must pass the Uniform CPA Exam and fulfil the state-specific experience and educational requirements. Thereafter, you must meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements every 1-3 years per your state board policies to sustain the license.

The American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) coordinates with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the 55 U.S. jurisdictions to conduct the CPA exam and issue the license. 

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