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The best way to advance your career in the accounting field is to get your CPA. Having a CPA will give you more choices in job opportunities and will allow you to earn a higher salary. Each state has their own requirements, below is information regarding the Standard CPA exam in Florida.

Currently applicants sitting for the CPA examination are required to have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, plus 30 semester hours in excess of the Bachelor's Degree to include a total education program with concentration in accounting and business.

The computer based CPA exam consists of four parts and is 14 hours long. The four parts include: 1) Auditing and Attestation. This part covers knowledge of auditing procedures, generally accepted auditing standards and other standards related to attest engagements, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge in those engagements (4.5 hours). 2) Financial Accounting and Reports. This section covers knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles for business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge (4 hours). 3) Regulation. This section covers knowledge of federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge (3 hours). 4) Business Environment and Concepts. This section covers knowledge of general business environment and business concepts that candidates need to know in order to understand the underlying business reasons for and accounting implications of business transactions, and skills needed to apply that knowledge (2 hours).

The CPA exam can be taken in the months of January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November. Each part can be taken separately but all parts must be successfully taken with 18 months from the date you passed the first part. If you sat for the exam in another state, meet all Florida's educational requirements, and passed all sections, you can apply for Credit Transfer by Endorsement.

To schedule an exam contact NASBA at 1-800-CPA-EXAM or go online to Prometric, the computer-based testing vendor's site at www.prometric.com/cpa. For additional information about the Florida CPA exam go to www.myflorida.com/dbpr/cpa.

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