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US CPA VS CFA – WHAT IS THE
US CPA (US Certified Public Accountant) is one of the highest accounting
credentials administered by the American Institute of Certified Professional
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) is a globally recognized credential in the field of
financial management and investment management. The CFA Institute
Certified Public Accountant:
US CPA exam is a single-level toughness exam. It is divided into 4 parts
1. BEC – Business Environmental Concepts
2. FAR – Financial Accounting and Reporting
3. REG – Regulation
4. AUD – Auditing and Attestation
The candidates can schedule the exam according to their leisure. Once they get
the result of the first exam, they have to clear the remaining parts of the
examination within 18 months.
AICPA, the world’s largest accounting body, offers memberships to all the
aspirants after they clear all 4 examinations. However, the CPA license is issued
by the 55 state boards of accountancy of the US, which are part of the National
Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
Each state board has different eligibility criteria that need to be met by the
aspirants to take the US CPA exams.
The common eligibility criteria for the exam are
• Have 120 credits to take the US CPA exam. It is considered that 1 year of
University education in India is equal to 30 credits of US education.
• Masters Degree in any of the streams like accounting, commerce, finance.
For the US CPA license/certification, the candidate has to
• Pass the Ethics Exam
• Require 150 credits for certification
• Must have 2000 hours of experience in taxation, accounting, and
The US CPA exam has Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Task-Based Simulations
(TBS), and Written Communication (Essay Type Question).
The candidate needs 75 points or more to pass the examination and become a US
Certified Public Accountant.
The US CPAs have many career opportunities in different fields like