Colorado CPA Requirements

Colorado CPA Requirements

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Colorado CPA Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: None. Must have 27 semester hours of accounting courses (3 hours of which have to be in Auditing), and 21 semester hours of business courses (no more than 6 hours in any one subject). (Requirements may vary. Contact the Colorado State Board for more information on Colorado requirements to take the CPA exam.)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in upper-division accounting. 6 hours must be in auditing of which 3 hours must cover Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). 3 separate hours of accounting ethics is also required and 21 semester hours in Business

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not a Colorado CPA exam requirement

Minimum Age: There are no Colorado CPA requirements dictating a minimum age limit

Additional Requirements: There are no Colorado CPA exam requirements to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Education Requirement: 150 semester hours including Bachelor's Degree 

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year employment (1,800 hours) for one or more employers as an employee of a CPA. The experience may be gained through public accounting, industry, government, or academic + 30 semester hours. 

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam with at least a 90%

Colorado State Board of Accountancy
1560 Broadway-Suite 1340
Denver, CO 80202


Phone: 303-894-7800

Fax: 303-894-7692

Initial Application Fees $150
AUD $193.45
BEC $173.60
FAR $193.45
REG $173.60
Total $884.10

     *$75 re-examination application fee