How to Become a CPA in California – CPA Exam Requirements

Are you contemplating to become a CPA and are currently working or living in California? In fact, even if you live outside of CA, you can consider to sit for the exam through California because of its uniquely favorable CPA exam requirements. I am going to provide a step-by-step explanation in the following article.

First of all, to become a CPA in the US, you will need to go through what is typically described as “3Es”: Education, Exam and Experience. You may be interested to know that the CPA designation is granted by individual state (through its State Board of Accountancy) rather than at the federal level in the United States. In other words, each state may have slightly different CPA exam and licensing requirements.

Having said that, after the candidate is deemed qualified to sit for the CPA exam in the state, the candidate will take the “Uniform CPA Examination” which is the same throughout the US. This CPA exam has 4 parts covering everything a “qualified” accountant should know, including financial accounting, auditing, business law, ethics, information system and taxation.

The examination is 100% computerized and is administered at various sites throughout the United States. Non-US citizens and residents can take this exam as long as they fulfill the CPA exam requirements and are willing to travel to the US to sit for the exam.

A Good CPA Course Can Help You Pass the CPA Exam Easily

Preparing for the CPA exam is a tough task, especially if you do it without a good CPA course. Although it is the most critical of the CPA requirements, the passing rate of the CPA exam is one of the lowest among all professional exams, and a good CPA course can help you become one of the few who pass the exam on their first attempt.

Several organizations have realized this and as a result have compiled various CPA courses and test programs that assist candidates in preparing for and passing the exam. Some of these courses are self-study courses, in text or interactive form, while others are mainly interactive either through multi-media interaction or interaction with a real human being.

My son took a course that helped him pass the first time he took the exam. His lowest score was on the Audit and Attestation where he scored a 91%. Yes, he did very well and according to him the CPA course he took helped preparing him for success. I will tell you which CPA course my son took, but let’s first discuss why take a review course and what makes a review course a good course.

Why Take a CPA Course?

There is no doubt that a CPA course will give you an upper hand over the rest of the candidates taking the exam. It is statistically proven that those who take a credible CPA course are 90% more likely to pass the CPA exam on their first try. You too want to pass the first time as retaking is not only demanding on your time and life, but also mentally draining and very expensive.

CPA review courses are extremely effective because they are offered in various modes of learning. You can therefore select a mode that fits your learning preference the best. For example, if you want one on one interaction, you can sign up for a local review course taught by a real human being.

Good CPA courses incorporate real questions from previous exams, as well as anticipated questions based on more recent developments in the industry. The creators of the course put a targeted emphasis on areas that are most important and are highly likely to be covered in the Prometric CPA exam.

What I like best about these courses is that all answers to all questions and problems are reviewed after each chapter and lesson to ensure students fully understand the material. Real people with accounting backgrounds teach the live interactive courses which are typically held in college / university like settings. The real people are typically faculty / accounting professors.

In summary, the best CPA review courses are compiled with one and only one goal; to enable the candidate to pass the CPA exam with flying colors on their first attempt and go earn that big CPA salary.

Which is the Best CPA Course?

There are three big names that offer CPA review courses. Of the three, I will tell you the course my son decided to go with. He researched each of the courses and determined this course would give him the best chance of succeeding.

During his internship he met two colleagues who had taken the Becker Conviser CPA review course and failed. Later that summer, he met another intern who had taken the Gleim CPA review course and failed, but later took another course and passed the second time around.

When I looked into these courses myself, the biggest differentiating factor I found in the third course was its ability to provide the level of personal service that they do. Unfortunately, this personal touch is often forgotten by some companies like Becker and Gleim as they grow larger over time.

I called the company and personally spoke with their founder. I was impressed not only because I was able to talk directly to the founder, but more so by what he told me about the company. This company not only ensures that you pass the CPA exam, but also that you understand the material covered in the exam. Anyone can pass an exam by memorizing gibberish, but programs like this one ensure that you thoroughly learn what you must in the accounting field and fully prepare you for the CPA exam requirements.

How to Make Money With CPA Offers

CPA Offers – What Are They?

CPA stands for: Cost Per Action. What it basically is: you promote an offer and you get paid only when a person clicks on your promotion and then follows through with certain requirements in order to get that free iPod, acai berries or whatever the offer is. There are literally thousands of companies that that have CPA offers. Some pay as little as two dollars per CPA offer, others range into the hundreds of dollars.

The catch is that you have to sign up and get approved by a CPA company, who are the middlemen, and who are supposed to represent the companies who make the offer. Their main preoccupation is to make sure that you, the CPA affiliate, are following their requirements as you capture leads and send people to the CPA offers.

Becoming a CPA Affiliate

To be able to sign up with the better CPA networks you will need to have a quality website or blog up and functioning. The good companies always seem to do two things after you sign up. One is they check out your websites, and if that checks out, then you will receive a personal phone call from one of their reps who will ask you some basic questions to make sure you have at least some basic understanding of what CPA offers are all about and what actions you will be taking to promote them.

Beware Of Scam CPA Companies

As much money as there is to be made being a CPA affiliate, imagine running a company that has thousands of affiliates promoting offers. It would be sweet to have your own CPA network with thousands of worker bees making the honey for you.

Now it used to be pretty hard to sign up with a CPA network and get approved, and as far as the better companies, it still is. But because of the increasing money to be made, there are new CPA networks sprouting up everyday and not all of them are to be trusted. What I am saying is don’t just sign up as a CPA affiliate with anybody who will take you.


There is a practice known as ‘shaving’. What this means is that you, the affiliate does not always get paid what you are entitled to, and in many cases the CPA network just keeps your hard earned money, and you will have little recourse except to call them names. It doesn’t matter if you have been doing everything by the book, its just conventional internet wisdom that as often as politicians ‘shave’ the truth, CPA companies will continue to ‘shave’ your profits.

The CPA Secret

The important thing to understand is that once you get accepted by a CPA network, the vault is wide open. You will be able to promote anything they offer.So you need to do your research and find an offer or two that you initially feel comfortable with. And make sure that your site is a good fit to the offer you will be promoting. If you hope to achieve any kind of success with CPA offers this is important from the get-go anyway.

In part 2, I will cover what you will need to know and say about the all important phone call.

In the meantime, get your website or blog looking good before you even try to sign up with any CPA network.Look over their online form before you fill it out and see what their requirements are.As I said, there is a lot of money to be made promoting CPA offers, so there is no need for you to waste time and learn the hard way, lets get start on the right track right from the beginning.