Accounting Resources

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Scholarship Opportunities

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay/CPA Scholarship Fund

Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA)

Florida Board of Accountancy (FBOA), Clay Ford Minority Scholarship

American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)

Government Finance Officers Association

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

CPA License Information

A CPA holds a state license to practice public accounting. State licensing requirements differ as to education, residency and experience requirements. Some states have adopted the 150-hour rule for the number of academic credits required to sit for the CPA exam.

Students planning on taking the CPA examination should contact the state board of accountancy in the state where they plan to take the certification examination for eligibility requirements.

Certified Public Accountant examination in the State of Florida

The educational requirements for taking the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination in the state of Florida require that applicants sitting for the exam must have completed 120 semester hours or 160 quarter hours from an accredited college or university. The education program must include:

  • 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of upper division accounting, to include coverage of taxation, auditing, cost-managerial, financial, and accounting information systems;
  • 24 semester hours of upper division general business courses, with some exceptions. One microeconomics, one macroeconomics, one statistics, one business law, and one introduction to computers course may be lower division;
  • As part of the general business hours, applicants are required to have a total of 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours of business law courses, which must cover contracts, torts, and the Uniform Commercial Code;
  • Excess upper division accounting courses may be used to meet the general business requirement. However, elementary accounting classes are never acceptable for credit. Neither are courses for non-accounting majors and any graduate courses that are equivalent to elementary accounting.