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CPA Licensing Education Requirement

An applicant for CPA Certification must have a Bachelors Degree that includes 150 hours (credits) of education. Included in the 150 hours the applicant must have the following:

30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits Accounting courses above the introductory level. Subjects to be covered include:

Financial Accounting 9 credits
Cost Accounting 3 credits
Auditing 3 credits
Federal Income Tax 3 credits
Accounting Electives 12 credits

3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits of Business Law

24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in Business at the undergraduate or graduate level. The courses must in areas other than accounting and courses already provided above.
Subjects to covered include:

Behavior of Organizations
Business Finance
Business Law
Data Processing
Ethics in Business
Oral Communication
Quantitative Applications in Business
Legal & Social Environment

All foreign evaluated transcripts must give a detailed listing of each course indicating the U.S. equivalency of the semester hours in order to apply the 150 hour requirement accurately.

If you have questions regarding your education please contact the board office at (775) 786-0231.

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