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Certified Public Accountant


A certified public accountant (CPA) prepares, evaluates, and attests to the accuracy and completeness of financial statements and related information. A CPA also provides accounting and auditing services, tax preparation and management advisory and consulting services to corporate and individual clients on business matters.

Licensing Requirements

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as a certified public accountant in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Fees: (as of July 18, 2011)

The fee for licensure is $377.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2010, there were 4,099 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2011, there were 3,000 licenses issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
CPA Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 270

Standard Occupational Classification

13-2011 - Accountants and Auditors
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 10/4/12.

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