District of Columbia 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 the District of Columbia. See the charts below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination


Baccalaureate degree with a concentration in accounting (or equivalent) from a college or university recognized by the board.

Accounting Coursework

24 semester hours in accounting to include coverage of financial accounting, auditing, cost accounting, and federal income taxes.

Business Coursework

3 semester hours of business law

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours


Additional Exam Information

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Must have completed degree requirement and accounting and business coursework 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 the District of Columbia. The combination of the BSAC and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program meets the education 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

Ethics Coursework

Not required

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours


Experience Requirements for Licensure

Minimum Work Experience

At least one-year of full-time experience or 2,000 hours. Experience must be verified by a CPA who is licensed in D.C. or in another state.


Additional information can be found on the District of Columbia Board of Accountancy website.


Note: Students should contact WGU Business Licensure at licensure@wgu.edu 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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