APBP Qualifying Exam and University Credit Agreements

Students who complete the APBP course under an APBP-trained teacher may elect to take the APBP Qualifying Exam to earn college course credit, advanced placement or both at a university who has signed our APBP University Credit Agreement. The exam is optional and is not required for students to participate in the APBP course.

Become an APBP-trained teacher

Register for online or in-person training and take the first step toward offering Advanced Accounting at your school.

University Credit Agreement and Participating Schools

The APBP University Credit Agreement is a contract between the AICPA and participating universities that outlines the credits and/or advanced placement classes a student will earn upon passing the APBP Qualifying Exam. The exam is optional and is only available to students who have completed an APBP course taught by an APBP-trained teacher.

Participating schools:

  • Carlow University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Kansas State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Point Park University
  • Stetson University
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of Denver
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Pikeville
  • University of Toledo
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Western New England University

We are continuing to pursue institutions across the United States to accept this course for college credit. If you'd like to see a school added to this list, please contact us at apbp@aicpa-cima.com.

How to administer the APBP Qualifying Exam*

APBP-trained teachers only*. To become an APBP-trained teacher, register for an upcoming training.

1. Request the Exam.

  • Identify the student(s) who will take the (optional) online exam.
  • Select the date and time the exam will be administered.
  • Reserve a proctor who will be responsible for securing the exam.
  • Submit the following information to APBP@aicpa-cima.com at least 3 weeks prior to exam date:
    • Student name
    • Student email address
    • Date and time exam will be administered

2. Submit payment.

Exams are $86 each, payable via check. Please make checks out to “AICPA” with “APBP Qualifying Exam” in the memo line and mail to the following address:

P.O. Box 37048
Boone, IA 50037-0048

Once payment is received, the requestor will receive detailed instructions on how students will access the online exam on the date and time selected.

3. Administer the exam.

The exam will be administered online via the Questionmark platform. Proctor will oversee the exam according to the instructions provided by the AICPA. Students will have three hours to complete the exam. 

Dr. Dan Deines, CPA will grade the exams and report the results to the AICPA. The AICPA will then report the grades to the APBP teacher and send letters to the students who passed via their provided email address. (Grading and score reporting takes on average 4-6 weeks).

If the student passes with an accepting university eligible score, the student can request a copy of the completion letter be sent to the university for college credit by APBP@aicpa-cima.com with their name, high school and university requesting credit.