I desparately want to do the CPA, but I am unsure if (1) I am eligible (2) which state to choose.
Firstly, I am interested in just passing the CPA exams and being able to put some form of "CPA inactive" on my CV. I am not interested in becoming licensed as I live outside of the US. Is this possible? I am not talking about getting the CPA certificate here (available only with two-tier states), but simply passing the exams.
Secondly, I did a double degree (Bachelor of Commerce/Arts) in Australia which was a 4 year degree, with a major in Economics To complete my commerce degree, I had to do 16 subjects (accounting was included). Each subject was about 3.5 hours/week for 13 weeks. So in the end, I did 45.5 hours of accounting 45.5 hours of finance and 637 hours of other general business subjects. I am not sure if this is the same system of measurement in the US and I am not certain if this would account to meeting the 120/150 credit rule required.
Given this info, do you think it would be possible to apply for a CPA? I was thinking more about California, but I was not sure (1) if I had enough credentials and (2) If it is possible to just pass the exams without being licensed.
Many thanks for your help!!