Colorado CPA Requirements

To obtain CPA licensure, you must meet the three Es: Education, Experience, and Exam. Please note there are different accounting and business education requirements for examination and licensure in Colorado. See the charts below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination


Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited university.

Accounting Coursework

27 semester hours in accounting subjects with a course grade of C or higher. 18 semester hours must be beyond the introductory level and include 3 semester hours of auditing with coverage of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).

Business Coursework

21 semester hours in business related subjects with a maximum of 6 credits to be applied in single subject areas.

Ethics Coursework

3 semester hours in accounting or business ethics

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours



Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Candidates must meet the degree requirements and all accounting and business course requirements.

Application Documents

Application documents found on the board website.


The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Colorado. The combination of the BASC and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program meet the total semester hour, accounting, and business requirements for CPA examination and licensure. In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete the following to be licensed.


Education Requirements for CPA Licensure

Accounting Coursework

33 semester hours with at least 6 semester hours in auditing including coverage of GAAS. 21 semester hours must be upper division courses.

Business Coursework

At least 27 hours in business related subjects to include 3 semester hours in business communication. 15 semester hours must be beyond the introductory level. A maximum of 9 semester hours will be applied in single subject areas.

Ethics Coursework

3 semester hours in accounting or business ethics and must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure. 

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours




Minimum Work Experience

At least one year of full time experience or 1,800 hours in accounting experience.


Additional information can be found on the Colorado State Board of Accountancy website.


Note: Students should contact WGU Business Licensure at prior to contacting their State Board of Accountancy regarding education and experience requirements. The Licensure team is available to students and alumni for all accounting licensure questions and advisement. 




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