Kentucky CPA Requirements

Kentucky CPA Requirements

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Kentucky CPA Requirements

Education Requirements

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

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: A concentration in accounting means a minimum of 39 semester hours in business-related subjects, of which at least 27 semester hours consists of accounting courses

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 or Master's Degree 

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year of experience (2000 hours in a period of not less than 12 months earned after the awarding of a baccalaureate degree)

Ethics Exam: None

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


Phone: 502-595-3037

Fax: 502-595-4281

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

     *$30 re-examination application fee