Certified Public Accountant-CPA

The Uniform CPA Examination protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Individuals seeking to qualify as CPAs – the only licensed qualification in accounting - are required to pass the CPA Examination.


The CPA Exam is a computer-based test comprised of four sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUID); Financial Accounting and Reporting FAR); Regulation (REG); and Business Environment and Concepts (BAC). The Uniform CPA Examination is a professional licensing examination used by all state accountancy boards to ensure applicants possess the minimum accounting/technical knowledge needed to enter the CPA profession and protects the public interest by ensuring that only qualified individuals become licensed as CPAs. The CPA examination process is a partnership between the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and Prometric.

Much like preparing for any important exam, be sure to review any preparation material, or take any practice tests that will help you achieve a competitive score!

General Requirements

To qualify to become a candidate sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, an applicant shall satisfactorily complete 120 undergraduate semester hours or 180 undergraduate quarter hours, including the attainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education as specified in the Maryland Public Accountancy Act. For more information on CPA candidate requirements, click here.


The total cost to take the CPA Exam is $898.20. Total costs consists of the following prices: $175 (Application Fee); $190.35 (AUD and FAR); and $171.25 (BAC and REG).

Register for the CPA Exam

To register for the CPA exam in Maryland, visit Maryland's on-line CPA examination application and registration system, to get started! For further details or questions e-mail cpaexam.state.md.us or call (410) 230-6231 or Toll Free (888) 218-5925.