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AICPA, NASBA and Prometric Announce U.S. CPA Exam to Be Administered in Europe

  • Sites in England, Germany, Ireland and Scotland to offer the Exam
  • Candidates can begin registering September 5 for testing on October 1
  • The same, English language version of the Exam is offered in the U.S.
    and internationally

The American
Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
, the National
Association of State Boards of Accountancy
, and Prometric are
pleased to announce the administration of the Uniform CPA Examination®
(Exam) will be expanded to test sites in England, Germany, Ireland and
Scotland starting on October 1.

The U.S. Exam is administered internationally in response to demand for
U.S. CPA licensure from international candidates and as a convenience to
professional accountants abroad, particularly those employed by public
accounting firms operating in these regions.

Testing in the newly announced international locations will be open to
eligible citizens and residents of the countries in which the exam is
being administered. In addition, eligible citizens and residents of the European
Union (EU) nations
, Norway, the Russian Federation and Switzerland
will be able to take the Exam at these locations. U.S. citizens living
abroad are eligible to test at any location where it is offered.

"The U.S. CPA license has long commanded respect internationally as a
leading global accounting credential," said Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA,
AICPA president and CEO. "By further expanding our reach
internationally, we're providing the opportunity for qualified
candidates to conveniently sit for the Exam and earn their U.S. CPA

The international administration of the Exam, which is offered in
English, is the same as the Exam administered by the AICPA, NASBA, and
Prometric in the United States. The content of the Exam is closely
aligned with the work a newly licensed CPA would be required to perform.

"Expanding the international testing locations to Europe is a direct
result of the overwhelming positive response from international exam
candidates in Japan, the Middle East and Brazil where the Exam is
currently offered," said NASBA President and CEO Ken L. Bishop.
"Thousands of young professionals throughout the European Union, Norway,
Switzerland and the Russian Federation are now afforded the opportunity
to become U.S. CPAs in the same manner as candidates who reside in the
United States."

Licensure requirements for international candidates are the same as for
U.S. CPA candidates. Along with passing the Exam, international
candidates must meet educational and experience requirements as mandated
by U.S. boards of accountancy. In the United States, boards of
accountancy are the only governmental legal jurisdictions authorized to
grant the U.S. CPA license.

Registration for the international Exam testing will begin on October 1,
and applications may be made through certain U.S. boards of accountancy
offering eligibility for international candidates. A list of
participating jurisdictions and information about fees will be posted on
the NASBA website at

"We are incredibly proud of our long-standing partnership with the AICPA
and NASBA and how this collaboration expanded access to the Uniform CPA
Examination for residents of the EU and the Russian Federation," said
Charles Kernan, Prometric president and chief executive officer. "At
Prometric, we aspire to give individuals throughout the world the
opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities in high-quality
and professional environments that help them advance in their chosen

Test centers offering the U.S. Exam also offer the U.S. CPA International
Qualification Examination (IQEX)
. IQEX is offered to accounting
professionals from countries whose professional bodies have entered into
mutual recognition agreements that provide reciprocity with the U.S.
accounting profession.

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Publicos (IMCP)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
  • New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • CPA Australia

In addition to the newly announced locations, the U.S. Exam is
administered by the AICPA, NASBA and Prometric in 55 U.S. jurisdictions
and internationally in Japan, Bahrain, Brazil, Kuwait, Lebanon and the
United Arab Emirates. International
Testing FAQs
on the AICPA website provide more information.

About the American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world's largest member
association representing the CPA profession, with more than 431,000
members in 137 countries and territories, and a history of serving the
public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of
practice, including business and industry, public practice, government,
education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its
members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit
organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and
grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials,
builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency
development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and
Ewing, NJ.

Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at


Since 1908, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
has served as a forum for the nation's Boards of Accountancy, which
administer the Uniform CPA Examination, license more than 650,000
certified public accountants and regulate the practice of public
accountancy in the United States.

NASBA's mission is to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common
interests of the Boards of Accountancy in meeting their regulatory
responsibilities. The Association promotes the exchange of information
among accountancy boards, serving the needs of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions.

NASBA is headquartered in Nashville, TN, with a satellite office in New
York, NY, an International Computer Testing and Call Center in Guam and
operations in San Juan, PR. To learn more about NASBA, visit

About Prometric

Prometric enables test sponsors worldwide to advance their credentialing
programs through test development and delivery solutions that set the
standard in quality and service excellence. It offers a comprehensive
and reliable approach to advising, developing, managing and delivering
programs in an integrated, technology-enabled environment across the
world's most secure testing network or through the conveniences of
online testing services, delivering more than seven million tests each
year in more than 180 countries.

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