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CalCPA is extending its successful new member promotion for the entire fall term. We are offering dual membership to CalCPA and AICPA—with one easy application! By completing one form, you'll join peers from across the state and nation. And as a bonus, members signing up will receive a Starbucks gift card!

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Students can join CalCPA for FREE and utilize specific member resources, all intended to help launch a CPA career.

As a CalCPA student member you'll have access to:

Video Resources for Students and CPA Candidates

CPA Evolution is Coming

The CPA Evolution initiative aims to transform the CPA licensure model to recognize the rapidly changing skills and competencies the practice of accounting requires today and will require in the future. It is a joint effort of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

New Model for CPA Licensure; Expected to Launch in 2024

NASBA and the AICPA carefully reviewed all of the feedback received, studied other professions’ licensure models and considered multiple options for updates to the licensure model before developing the below approach, which we expect to launch in 2024. We believe this approach is responsive to stakeholder input and propels the profession into the future.

The new model is a core + disciplines licensure model. The model starts with a deep and strong core in accounting, auditing, tax and technology that all candidates would be required to complete. Then, each candidate would choose a discipline in which to demonstrate deeper skills and knowledge. Regardless of chosen discipline, this model leads to full CPA licensure, with rights and privileges consistent with any other CPA. A discipline selected for testing would not mean the CPA is limited to that practice area.

This model:

  • Will enhance public protection by producing candidates who have the deep knowledge necessary to perform high-quality work, meeting the needs of organizations, firms and the public.
  • Is responsive to feedback, as it builds accounting, auditing, tax and technology knowledge requirements into a robust common core.
  • Reflects the realities of practice, requiring deeper proven knowledge in one of three disciplines that are pillars of the profession.
  • Is adaptive and flexible, helping to future-proof the CPA as the profession continues to evolve.
  • Results in one CPA license.

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For more information about the proposed model and why our two organizations believe it is the best approach for CPA licensure, visit

Want to be a CalCPA Student Ambassador?

Ready to share your knowledge and help other students launch their accounting careers?

Campus Ambassadors will be responsible for approximately 20 hours of work per semester in order to achieve three primary objectives:

  • Building awareness of FREE CalCPA student membership benefits for students and educators on your campus.
  • Increasing the visibility of CalCPA on your campus.
  • Strengthening ties between local CalCPA chapters and your school.


  • Campus Ambassadors receive a stipend of $600 per term served.
  • Free admittance to CalCPA chapter events.
  • Opportunities to work with your chapter board and committee.

Apply Today!

For more information, contact Jackie Quinn-Piper at

Student’s Guide to Getting Through COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages college students are suddenly thrust into uncharted and choppy waters. Many are forced to rethink basic needs all while balancing their educational commitments and the potential financial fallout posed by an uncertain economic future once they graduate. Here are some resources to help students through these perilous times:

Upcoming CalCPA Fall Student Events

These are FREE MEMBERS ONLY events sponsored by CalCPA. By registering you are confirming that you are either a CalCPA member or you are signing up for FREE student or candidate membership by way of this registration.

Oct. 21, Noon–4:30 p.m.
CalCPA’s Virtual Mock CPA Exam  
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Oct. 28, 6–8 p.m
From Community College to CPA  
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Nov. 4, Noon–1 p.m.
Careers in Forensic Accounting  
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Nov. 17, Noon–4:30 p.m.
CalCPA’s Virtual Mock CPA Exam  
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Nov. 18, Noon–1 p.m.
What to Expect as a First Year Associate: Advisory  
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Nov. 30, Noon–1 p.m.
What to Expect as First Year Associate: Audit  
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Dec. 16, Noon–4:30 p.m.
CalCPA’s Virtual Mock CPA Exam  
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Transfer Your Way to CPA:
The Essential Guide to Transferring
to a Four-Year Accounting Program

Community college is a great starting point for many students. Now that you’ve decided to pursue accounting (and potentially become a CPA), transferring to a four-year college or university will be your next step. This guide can help you through the process by keeping you on track and ensuring you’re taking all the right steps to make it happen.

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