Virginia CPA Requirements

Virginia CPA Exam Requirements
By Bryan Kesler on Saturday October 10, 2015

Virginia Requirements Overview:

Virginia's (VA) CPA exam requirements are very specific relating to accounting and business courses that are required to be taken prior to sitting for the exam. Be sure to follow each caption below to ensure that you are qualified to sit for the exam. 

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Once your education requirements are met, send your application and initial application fee to State Board of Accountancy. Refer to the State Resources tab below. 

Your state will process your application and send you your NTS (Notice to Schedule), which will allow you to schedule your exam within the next 12 months. Please note that your NTS does expire after 12 months so plan accordingly. To schedule exams, find the nearest location, reschedule your exam or confirm your exam time, please visit Prometric to find out more.

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Disclosure: Please note that I do my best to keep these requirements up to date but seeing as there are more than 50 states and nations with individual requirements it is difficult for me to keep up with them all. Please verify each requirement with your state board of accountancy to ensure 100% accuracy and then post any errors in the comment box below to assist your fellow CPA'ers and I can update!

Education Requirements

150 Hours Required to Sit?

VA does not require 150 hours or graduate degree to sit for the CPA exam.

Accounting Course Requirements

VA requires 24 semester hours including: 
* auditing
* financial accounting, 
* management accounting, and
* taxation

Business Course Requirements

VA requires 24 semester hours excluding accounting hours

Business Law Requirements

VA does not have a specific business law requirement

Ethics Exam

Required to take AICPA Ethics Exam

CPA License Requirements

To obtain your CPA license VA requires:

- Complete 150 credit hours which includes 120 hour bachelor degree with an accounting concentration or equivalent

Work Experience:
-1 year of full-time experience in public or non-public accounting as well as academia in accounting. The experience does not have to be supervised by an active CPA licensee.

Note: See additional licensing requirements here.

What If I Don't Have 150 Credit Hours?

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Age & Residency Requirements

US Citizenship Required?

You are NOT Required for Virginia to be US Citizen to sit for the CPA exam but a SSN # or a valid Virginia Control Number (e.g. drivers license #) is required to sit for the exam.

Residency Required?

Virginia does NOT require you to be a resident, employee, OR have an office in the state for you to take the CPA exam.

Minimum Age to Sit for the CPA Exam

Virginia does not have a minimum age requirement to sit for the CPA exam.

Virginia CPA Exam Fees

Virginia has fairly standard exam fee rates. If you need to re-take a part there is a varying re-application fee that you will have to pay.

Initial Application Fee: $120
Audit: $195.35
Financial: $195.35
Regulation: $176.25
Business: $176.25
Total: $863.20
Special Fees: Re-exam registration fee (varying amounts based on number of parts)

Virginia State Board Contact Info

Virginia Board of Accountancy
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 402
Henrico, Virginia 23233

Phone: 804-367-1111
Fax: 804-527-4409

What's Next?

Once you have determined if you are eligible to sit for the CPA exam, then it is time to find the review course that fits how you study.

The MOST important step in passing the CPA exam is having a review course that caters to your methods of learning. I have been able to identify the target audience for each of the top five CPA review courses, which will help you accomplish just that. I would recommend you see where you fall in my side-by-side comparison of these five review courses here.  

Thank you so much for starting your CPA Journey here with me! If you found these requirements useful, please feel free to share them with your peers.

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