Tennessee CPA Requirements

Tennessee CPA Requirements

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Tennessee CPA Requirements

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Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate 

Additional Requirements: 18 semester hours of upper division accounting

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: None

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 semester hours (including Bachelor's Degree) with 30 semester hours in accounting (24 upper division) and 24 semester hours in business

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 2,000 hours of work experience earned in no less than 1 year but no more than 3 years, earned within 10 years preceding application for certification

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
500 James Robertson Parkway, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1141

Email: tnsba@state.tn.us, cpaes-tn@nasba.org
Phone: 615-741-2550
Fax: 615-532-8800

Initial Application Fees $170
AUD $208.40
BEC $208.40
FAR $208.40
REG $208.40
Total $1,003.60

     *Re-examination application fee varies