A CPA’s work is challenging, rewarding, and essential. Here’s everything you need to know
about obtaining this esteemed credential.
Before you take the Uniform CPA Examination, make sure
you’ve met the following requirements.
You must have completed a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
You must have completed 120 hours of total, non-duplicative higher education courses with the following accounting-specific qualifications:
Accounting Information Systems
Accounting Research and Analysis
Auditing and Attestation Services
Financial Accounting and Reporting of Business Organizations
Financial Accounting and Reporting for Government and Not-for-Profit
Financial Statement Analysis
Internal Controls and Risk Assessment
Managerial or Cost Accounting
Tax Research and Analysis
Behavior of Organizations, Groups, and Persons
Computer Information Systems
Legal and Social Environment of Business
Quantitative Applications in Business
No more than 6 of these semester hours can be in any single subject area.
Of these semester hours, 12 must be in courses above the introductory level in business administration. All coursework must address the subject areas, but it need not be taken with the business or accounting department.
You can qualify to sit for the exam in Colorado without a bachelor’s degree if you have 120 credit hours with the correct courses and you are enrolled at a college or university that requires a minimum 150 hours for graduation and does not offer a baccalaureate degree but instead confers a masters or higher degree, or grants the baccalaureate degree
on completion of a combined degree program.
Send your transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that count towards your credit requirements to CPAES in Nashville – NOT the Colorado State Board of Accountancy. Email transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure that you have a record of all of your courses on hand before you apply in order to speed up the application process. It may take up to six weeks to process your exam application.
NASBA has additional information about exam prep and content.
Before you apply for Colorado licensure
Also, you must complete 2 hours of Colorado Rules and Regulations within 6 months preceding your application or after you are granted your Colorado license.
If you’ve met all of the above requirements…