Become a CPA

Why become a CPA?

CPAs are an attractive hiring choice among top employers. The license opens doors to a range of careers. Set yourself up for a bright future — become a CPA!

Can OSCPA membership help me? Yes!

    • OSCPA Student Membership on your resume shows employers you are serious about your career.
    • Networking and learning opportunities build the skills you need to thrive in the workplace.
    • OSCPA Career Center lets you post your resume and browse jobs.
    • The annual Circle of Excellence Awards Night honorees include Oregon's top accounting students, Foundation scholarship recipients, and top exam scorers — will it be you?   
    • The annual Career Showcase connects students with representatives from public accounting, government, and business for potential internships or employment. Student members enjoy early-bird entrance!
      OSCPA Chair Selene Sullivan greets students at the 2020 Virtual Career Showcase.
      Chair Selene congratulates honorees at the 2020 Virtual Circle of Excellence.

How to become a CPA in Oregon

The Oregon Board of Accountancy handles licensing. Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Meet the education requirements described in OAR 801-010-0050, which includes 150 semester hours or 225 quarter hours and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college
  • Complete one year of experience in accounting
  • Pass the Uniform CPA Examination
  • Pass the Ethics Examination

How do you pass the CPA Exam?

Is the CPA Exam hard? Yes. Can you do it if you are determined and work hard? Yes! Here are some tools:

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