Iowa 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 Iowa. See the charts below for these requirements.

 

Education Requirements for CPA Examination

Degree

Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited university.

Accounting Coursework 

24 semester hours of accounting courses beyond the introductory level to include financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and cost accounting.

Business Coursework

24 semester hours of business related subjects.

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours

 

Exam

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Must have completed the degree requirement and the accounting and business course requirements.

Application Documents

Application documents found on board website.

 

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Iowa. 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

Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours

 

Experience

Minimum Work Experience

At least one-year of full-time experience including 2,000 hours.  

 

Additional information can be found on the Iowa Accountancy Examining Board 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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