Oregon CPA Experience Requirements [2022]

Oregon CPA Experience Requirements

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To meet the Oregon CPA experience requirements and become a CPA, a minimum of 12 months full-time employment or a total of 2,000 hours of equivalent part-time experience is required to be obtained over a period of 12 or more months. All experience must be directly supervised by a qualified supervisor licensee who holds an active CPA license issued by any state or a PA license (excluding experience in attest services) during the period of supervision and for at least five of the past seven years immediately prior to such supervision.

Summary of Oregon CPA Requirements

Credit Hours to sit for CPA Exams150
Credit Hours in Upper-division Accounting specific courses24
Credit Hours in Accounting or related (lower-division accounting, business, finance, economics, and written/oral communication)24
Bachelor’s Required to Sit for CPA Exams?Yes
Ethics ExamYes
Work Experience1 Year
Required CPE Hours Every Two Years40

Education Requirement for the CPA Exam in Oregon

Credit Requirements for Oregon CPA License

For aspiring CPAs, the Board follows the 150-hour rule, which states that candidates must finish 150 semester hours of college-level study, including a recognized bachelor’s degree, to qualify for a license. The 150 semester hours in Oregon must contain 24 semester hours of upper-level accounting and 24 semester hours of accounting or accounting-related business disciplines.

With a conventional bachelor’s degree in accounting consisting of only 120 semester hours, pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate or master’s degree in accounting is the most tried and established approach to obtain those 30 more credits. There are also specialized five-year CPA track programs that offer a hybrid bachelor’s and master’s curriculum tailored to provide you with the 150 semester hours required to achieve Oregon CPA education requirements standards.

Accepted Educational Institutions

When selecting a school, make sure it is accredited by one of the six regional accreditation organizations listed below. The Oregon Board of Public Accountancy has accredited six organizations, including:

Required Courses

Meet Oregon’s CPA degree and curriculum requirements. The Oregon Board of Accountancy requires 150 semester college credit hours to be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level or a combination of the two.

Upper-division accounting requires 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of study, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Statements
  • Theories of Accounting

24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of business or accounting courses such as:

  • Business Law
  • Business Communications
  • Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Ethics

You may take classes from online or community colleges as long as the credits transfer to a four-year university and graduate with a bachelor’s degree or higher. However, you will still need to request official transcripts from each college you attend, so keep track of all institutions and how to contact their registrar’s offices. Credit from the community or two-year college courses is acceptable if those credits were successfully transferred to the four-year college where you received your bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Education

Suppose you graduated from a foreign university, or even if you took a few courses from a non-U.S. You will need to have those courses reviewed if you attend an accredited university. Contact the NASBA International Evaluation Services to have your international transcripts examined for them to be accepted for your Oregon licensure application. To schedule an evaluation, contact the agency directly.

Pass the Uniform CPA Examination

The “Uniform CPA Examination”, which is a 4-part exam, is developed by the AICPA – the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and administered by NASBA – the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

The Four CPA Exam Sections are:

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)

The Auditing and Attestation (AUD) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) tests the essential knowledge and skills a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate when performing audit engagements, attestation engagements or accounting and review service engagements.

Newly licensed CPAs are required to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and skills related to professional responsibilities, including ethics, independence and professional skepticism. Professional skepticism reflects an iterative process that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of audit evidence.
  • understand the entity including its operations, information systems (including the use of third-party systems) and its underlying business processes, risks and related internal controls.
  • understand the flow of transactions and underlying data through a business process and its related information systems.

Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)

The Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) tests knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate when performing:

  • Audit, attest, accounting and review services
  • Financial reporting
  • Tax preparation
  • Other professional services

The content areas tested under the BEC section of the Exam encompass five diverse subject areas. These content areas are enterprise risk management, internal controls and business processes, economics, financial management, information technology and operations management.

Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)

The Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) assesses the knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate in the financial accounting and reporting frameworks used by business entities (public and nonpublic), not-for-profit entities and state and local government entities.

The financial accounting and reporting frameworks that are eligible for assessment within the FAR section of the Exam include the standards and regulations issued by the:

  • Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (U.S. SEC)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)

Regulation (REG)

The Regulation (REG) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) tests the knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate with respect to:

  • U.S. federal taxation
  • U.S. ethics and professional responsibilities related to tax practice
  • U.S. business law

Tips for Passing the CPA Exam

The CPA exam covers so many topics that you will need to study specifically for each section, usually for 6-8 weeks per section. Even a master’s degree in accounting doesn’t adequately prepare you to just walk in and pass the 4 CPA exams.

You will need a full review course such as Becker, Wiley CPA, Gleim, Roger, etc, and you will need to dedicate several hours a day over the course of months to even have a chance at getting passing scores.

How to Save Yourself MONTHS of Time and Frustration
Keep in mind that the CPA exam is the one part of getting your CPA license that you can control how long it takes. The education and experience requirements take as long as they take, but the CPA exams can take you as little as 6 months, or as long as multiple years… depending on how effective your study process is from the beginning.
Learn how to study strategically so you can save yourself tons of time and retake fees with this free training…

AICPA Ethics Exam

After passing the CPA exam, you will have one additional test to take: the AICPA’s Ethics exam. The association offers an 11-hour self-study course, after which you can take the open-book test. The Ethics Examination is not expected to be particularly tough, but you must pass with a minimum score of 90 to get your license.

Oregon CPA Exam Fees

Candidates must also pay Examination Section Fees, including computer testing fees, grading fees, and administrative fees. The candidate pays the examination section fees directly to NASBA using a payment coupon that provides payment instructions. Candidates must pay for all approved ATT sections within 90 days of the date.

The figure below depicts the fees for each exam section as of January 1, 2022:

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)​$226.15​
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)​$226.15​
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)​$226.15
Regulation (REG)​$226.15


​The total paid to NASBA for all exam sections (if each team is passed on the first attempt) is $904.60.

How to Save Yourself MONTHS of Time and Frustration
Keep in mind that the CPA exam is the one part of getting your CPA license that you can control how long it takes. The education and experience requirements take as long as they take, but the CPA exams can take you as little as 6 months, or as long as multiple years… depending on how effective your study process is from the beginning.
Learn how to study strategically so you can save yourself tons of time and retake fees with this free training…

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