Becoming a CPA


Candidates are required to have two years of experience obtained while under the supervision of a CPA who's been in good standing for at least three years.

In order for experience to count it needs to be in four out of the eight categories below:

  • Assessment and testing of the adequacy of the employer’s internal controls
  • Tax return preparation
  • Tax return research
  • Preparation of financial statements
  • Analysis of financial statements
  • Cost accounting
  • Professional services performed in the course of practicing public accountancy


The Fine Print: 

  • Experience need not be paid and can be in the form of internships or co-ops. However, all experience must be obtained under the supervision of an individual who has held a CPA certificate for at least three years prior to the candidate beginning his or her experience.
  • Experience may be obtained in public accounting, industry, or government.    
  • Experience must be obtained no earlier than 10 years prior to the initial application for certification.
  • You must work a minimum of 20 hours a week for your experience to count. You can claim a maximum of 35 hours per week.


Calling all corporate accountants!

If you thought CPA status was out of your reach because of Connecticut's old experience requirements, the above requirements (which became regulation in 2011) just may open the door for you. Read more about how the new requirements can help you achieve your goals


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