Kentucky CPA Requirements

Kentucky CPA Requirements

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Kentucky CPA Requirements

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Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: 39 semester hours in business-related subjects, of which at least 27 semester hours must be accounting courses, and the remaining hours in subjects such as finance, marketing, economics, management, statistics, and computers

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: 18

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state. However, candidate must have a Kentucky mailing address

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 Semester hours (including Bachelor's)

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year (2,000 hours) of work experience in public accounting or auditing, industry, academia*, or government completed after receiving Bachelor's Degree and within 5 years of passing the CPA Exam

*If experience is gained through academia, you must participate in 24 semester hours of teaching college accounting courses

Ethics Exam: None

Kentucky State Board of Accountancy
332 West Broadway, Suite 310
Louisville, KY 40202-2115

Email: cpa@ky.gov

Phone: 502-595-3037

Fax: 502-595-4281

Initial Application Fees $30
AUD $208.40
BEC $208.40
FAR $208.40
REG $208.40
Total $863.60

     *$30 re-examination application fee