The Uniform CPA Examination enterprise is large and complex. Close collaboration among several organizations is necessary to deliver the examination on an ongoing basis to large numbers of candidates (more than 93,000 in 2009), while maintaining the highest standards of quality throughout the process. The organizations contributing to the CPA Examination enterprise are:
Boards of Accountancy in 55 Jurisdictions
Boards of accountancy are the state/territory (or jurisdiction) entities that have statutory authority to issue CPA licenses. They set the requirements for CPA licensure for every jurisdiction. All jurisdictions require that candidates pass the Uniform CPA Examination for CPA licensure.
To obtain board of accountancy licensure requirements, jurisdiction by jurisdiction, including the requirements for taking the CPA Examination, go to www.nasba.org /Exams/CPA Exam/Jurisdiction Map.
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
NASBA is the membership association of boards of accountancy. For the Uniform CPA Examination, NASBA acts as the central clearinghouse in the CPA Examination process, collecting information about eligible candidates from all jurisdictions, distributing advisory scores and other data, and maintaining a central database of candidate records. In addition, NASBA acts as the designated agent for a number of boards of accountancy and manages the test center in Guam.
To obtain CPA Examination candidate information, contact NASBA at:
Phone: 866-MY-NASBA (866-696-2722)
Prometric is a global leader in technology-enabled testing for information technology certification, academic admissions and professional licensure. For the Uniform CPA Examination, Prometric provides data communication, registration, scheduling, testing systems and software as well as test centers at which candidates are authorized to take the CPA Examination.
The CPA Examination is offered at authorized Prometric test centers in the US during two months of every quarter. To obtain test center information, contact Prometric at:
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
The AICPA is the national professional membership organization of CPAs. With respect to the Uniform CPA Examination, the AICPA is responsible for content (examination question) development and scoring. The AICPA Examinations Team – consisting of CPAs, psychometricians, test developers, systems experts, research and administrative staff – carries out these CPA Examination responsibilities.
AICPA contact information about CPA Examination: