Become a CPA


Achieving your CPA certification makes you an attractive hiring choice among top employers and opens doors to a wide range of career options! Let OSCPA help you focus on the journey to become a CPA.

Everyone is welcome to explore Become a CPA, but some important resources, like posting your resume, are only available to OSCPA members.

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Find out about scholarships that may be available to help you complete your accounting education!

The OSCPA Educational Foundation offers scholarships to full-time college accounting students who plan to pursue a career as a CPA in Oregon. Learn more about The OSCPA Educational Foundation scholarships


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Requirements to Become a CPA

Here's what it takes to become a CPA in Oregon:

  • Meet the education requirements described in ORS 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

Learn more at Oregon Board of Accountancy

Passing the Uniform CPA Examination

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

Career Development

OSCPA provides great opportunities to build your professional network and enhance your career development.

Career Showcase

At the annual fall Career Showcase, students meet with employer representatives from public accounting, government, and business for potential internships or employment. Exhibitors – that is, employers! – are eager to meet motivated accounting students – that's you! – who would be assets to their organizations.

Circle of Excellence

The spring Circle of Excellence annual awards program honors individuals at each stage of their accounting career – from college students who’ve earned OSCPA Educational Foundation scholarships and top accounting students, to top scorers on the CPA Exam, newly certified CPAs, and members who've achieved milestone membership status.

The Coaching Program

The Coaching Program is a one-on-one experience that pairs OSCPA member volunteers with college students who want to pursue a career in accounting. Coach and student pairs are determined in April, and pairs meet a suggested minimum of four times during the May to August program timeline. Learn more

Meeting topics:

  1. The Profession: public and private options
  2. Building your professional network
  3. The CPA Exam
  4. Recruitment, interviewing, and resume tips


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