Colorado CPA Requirements



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 sections below for these requirements.



Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: 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
  • Additional Exam Information
    • 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 (opens new window).



Education and Experience Requirements for CPA Licensure

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.

  • 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
  • Experience for CPA Licensure
    • 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 (opens new window) website.


Note: Completing a WGU degree program does not guarantee employment or licensure in any profession. Requirements for licensure in accounting vary from state to state. For example, some states require a background check that may disqualify you from obtaining a license if you have committed certain actions, crimes, or misdemeanors. 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.  Although the Licensure team can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to continually check with the state licensing board where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing requirements.






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