APA® Exam Registration

Certification Exam Eligibility Criteria

To register for and take the APA® certification exam, a candidate must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  1. Hold a four (4)-year degree with a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours in Accounting and one (1) year of oil and gas industry work experience; OR
  2. Have five (5) years of oil and gas industry work experience.

NOTE: If the candidate has an International Degree, evidence of equivalent academic credentials will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Exam Registration

Candidates interested in taking the APA® Exam must submit an application, evidence that they meet the eligibility requirements, and the First Time Examination Fee to the APA® Administrator at a minimum of forty-five (45) days prior to an exam-testing window. Should the candidate be determined to be ineligible to take the exam, a refund (less the Administrative Fee) will be given prior to the testing window for which application is made.  Following is a list of registration deadlines for upcoming exam windows:

 Exam Month  Registration Opens  Registration Closes 
March 2021 December 1, 2020 January 15, 2021
May 2021 February 1, 2021 March 19, 2021
July 2021 April 1, 2021 May 17, 2021
September 2021 June 1, 2021 July 15, 2021
November 2021 August 1, 2021 September 15, 2021

Once the application and all eligibility requirements are deemed to have been completed, the APA® Administrator will contact Scantron, the testing vendor, to begin the exam registration process. The candidate will receive instructions directly from Scantron to register with Scantron’s online test scheduling system to select a testing session. Candidates may select from Scantron’s network of test sites, based on seating availability, or complete the exam in a live online-proctored setting.  Candidates who choose to take the exam at a test site will select from a listing of available testing centers by geographical location and test date.

Candidates registered for the exam will receive an email notification from Scantron with instructions to download and print out a confirmation notice once an examination date, site, and time have been selected and approved. The confirmation process for the exam registration is an automated process, with email confirmation that registration dates are either approved or unavailable generally received by candidates within minutes of submitting their registration. However, on occasion, this process can take up to 2–3 business days following registration. On the day of the examination, candidates must report to the testing center no later than 15 minutes prior to the registered start time indicated on the email confirmation and, for identity purposes, present the confirmation notice and a current government-issued ID with photo and signature that matches the name on the confirmation notice.

NOTE: Once a candidate’s preferred testing site, date, and time choices are approved, the candidate is subject to the reschedule and cancellation policy.  Walk-in registrations are not permitted at any time.

Exam Fees

 Retail Exam Pricing
(U.S. and Canada)
 COPAS Member Fee   Non-Member Fee 
First Time Exam $475.00 $650.00
Administrative Fee (ineligibility
or failure to schedule)
$50.00 $50.00
Scantron Reschedule/
Cancellation Fee
$50.00 $50.00
Retake within one year of first
exam if didn’t pass
$375.00 $550.00
Late Registration Fee (within
30 days of testing window)
$75.00 $75.00
No Show Fee (no reschedule
or cancellation of appointment)
$475.00 $650.00

International Exams

The APA® Certification Exam is built around the accounting practices, guidelines, and principles of the United States only. No international accounting practices, procedures, guidelines, or principles are part of this examination. However, the APA® certification exam is offered through Scantron’s international testing sites (outside the US or Canada). All candidates must follow the procedures listed above. If a candidate chooses an international testing site, an international testing surcharge of $150 will be required when registering in Scantron’s network of test sites. This fee will be charged immediately upon selection of an international testing facility.

Register Now

Register below for the March 2021 exam window.  Registration will close on January 15, 2021.  For questions, or to apply for an international exam, please contact the APA® Administrator at APAadministrator@copas.org

Step 1 of 3

  • Please allow 15 days for application processing. In order to receive important electronic correspondence regarding certification, please ensure that your email program will accept emails from xxxxx@scantron.com and APAadministrator@copas.org.

  • Personal Candidate Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

$650.00