The American Institute of CPAs and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy this month celebrated the one-year mark since the launch of the U.S. CPA examination at test sites in Japan and the Middle East.

The exam administered abroad, offered in English, is the same as the one administered by the AICPA, NASBA and Prometric in the United States, with the same licensure requirements.

“Historically, there has been strong demand for the U.S. CPA Exam in Japan and the Middle East, which is one of the key reasons we selected these locations to debut international administration of the Exam last year,” said Craig Mills, AICPA vice president of examinations and CPE, in a statement. “We have been very pleased with the level of interest from candidates in the first year of international administration of the CPA Exam and hopefully that momentum will continue to build in the coming years.”

The CPA exam was administered abroad for the first time in history in August 2011, to candidates in Bahrain, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

“The positive response from international exam candidates is a direct reflection of the first year’s success of the administration of the U.S. CPA Examination in international locations,” stated NASBA executive vice president & COO Colleen Conrad. “Thousands of aspiring CPAs are now afforded the opportunity to become U.S. CPAs in the same manner as candidates who reside in the United States.” 

“The ability to sit for the U.S. CPA Exam in their home market provides tremendous benefits to candidates in Japan, improving convenience, reducing costs and allowing candidates to dedicate their attention to their studies,” stated Hiroshi Miyamasu, of the Japan Society of U.S. CPAs (JUSCPA), a nationwide organization of U.S. CPAs who are principally employed or reside in Japan.

A FQQ sheet on international testing is available at the AICPA Uniform CPA Examination website.