Certified Accounting Paraprofessional (CAP) License

Assure Employers of Your Accounting Knowledge, Skill, Experience, and Ethics

Note: CAP licenses obtained in the fourth Quarter (October, November and December) expire on December 31 of the following year.

Become a Licensed Certified Accounting Paraprofessional (CAP)
National Association of Certified Accounting Paraprofessional's (NACAP) Certified Accounting Paraprofessional (CAP) license is the premier accreditation for accounting paraprofessionals who want a career in the accounting profession. The license allows you to place "CAP" behind your name and communicates your accounting knowledge, skill, and ethics to accounting and CPA firm employers.

NACAP's nationally recognized CAP license helps you:

  • Distinguish yourself,
  • Build credibility,
  • Validate accounting knowledge,
  • Demonstrate accounting skill,
  • Verify accounting experience, and
  • Confirm professional ethics.

The CAP license validates your knowledge, skill, and experience in the following:

  • Accounting,
  • Accounting Principles,
  • Payroll,
  • QuickBooks, and
  • Tax.

You obtain and maintain your CAP license by passing a five part Uniform Certified Accounting Paraprofessional Examination, verifying accounting education or experience, agreeing to abide by a professional code of conduct, and maintaining 24 hours of continuing professional education each year.

For Exam information, click Uniform Certified Accounting Paraprofessional Examination.

CAP License Requirements
You may apply for the CAP license by education or experience.

Education Requirements

  1. Pass the Uniform Certified Accounting Paraprofessional Examination,
  2. Possess a Bookkeeper Certificate or Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in accounting,
  3. Agree to Abide by the CAP Code of Professional Conduct,
  4. Obtain 24 hours of CPE (certified professional education) credit each year, and
  5. Complete and Submit the CAP Application for Licensure.

Education Alternative
If you do not possess the education requirement above, you may substitute the requirement with the Certified Accounting Paraprofessional Licensing Program.

For more information, go to CAP Licensing Program.

Experience Requirements

  1. Pass the Uniform Certified Accounting Paraprofessional Examination,
  2. Possess Two-years (4,000 hours) of Public Accounting Paraprofessional Experience,
  3. Agree to Abide by the CAP Code of Professional Conduct,
  4. Obtain 24 hours of CPE (certified professional education) credit each year, and
  5. Complete and Submit the CAP Application for Licensure.

CAP Application for Licensure
You should not complete the CAP Application for Licensure (Application) until you have passed the Uniform CAP Examination, possess the education or experience requirement, and agree to abide by the CAP Code of Professional Conduct. The 24 hours of CPE credit annual requirement begins once you obtain your CAP license.

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To access the Application, click CAP Application for Licensure.

Application Fee Payment
$100

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