Iowa CPA Requirements

Iowa CPA Requirements

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Iowa CPA Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 150 semester units (225 quarter units) required for certification but not required to sit for the exam

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting above elementary level accounting or principles of 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

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year experience in more than one employment situation (includes internships) in government industry, academia, or public accounting or 2 years experience for attest CPA which includes 1 year of attest and year of general experience

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

Iowa Accountancy Examining Board
1920 SE Hulsizer Road
Ankeny, IA 50021-3941


Phone: 515-281-5910

Fax: 515-281-7411

Initial Application Fees $145
AUD $193.45
BEC $173.60
FAR $193.45
REG $173.60
Total $879.10

     *Re-examination application fee varies