U.S. CPA Exam Testing in Brazil Expands to All of South America

June 17, 2013

Contacts: AICPA, James Schiavone, 212-596-6119, jschiavone@aicpa.org, NASBA, Thomas Kenny, 615-880-4237, tkenny@nasba.org

NEW YORK (June 17, 2013) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA) today announced that, beginning July 1, 2013, testing for the Uniform CPA Examination in Brazil will be open to all qualified citizens and permanent residents of South America.

Administration of the Uniform CPA Examination began in Brazil in February 2012, with citizens and permanent residents of Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela able to sit for the CPA Exam. As of July 1, 2013, testing in Brazil will be expanded to citizens and permanent residents of Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Testing candidates can register on Prometric.com and conduct their exams at Prometric Inc. test sites throughout Brazil.

The U.S. CPA Exam is administered internationally as a service to foreign nationals, as well as, in response to escalating international demand for the U.S. CPA license. In 2010, the last year before international testing, more than 10,000 international candidates traveled to the U.S. to take the U.S. CPA exam, a 22 percent increase from 2009. U.S. citizens living abroad are eligible to test at any location.

The international administration of the Exam, which is offered in English, is the same as the U.S. Exam administered by the AICPA, NASBA, and Prometric in the United States. Licensure requirements for international candidates are the same as for U.S. CPA candidates. Along with passing the Uniform CPA Examination, international candidates must meet educational and experience requirements as mandated by U.S. state boards of accountancy.

In the United States, Boards of Accountancy are the only governmental legal entities authorized to grant the U.S. CPA license. South American candidates may apply through certain U.S.  Boards of Accountancy, which offer eligibility for international candidates. A list of participating Boards of Accountancy and information about fees is posted on the NASBA website at www.nasba.org.

An updated FAQ on the International CPA Exam is available online at www.aicpa.org/cpa-exam.