Ohio CPA Requirements

 

Ohio 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 Ohio. See the sections below for these requirements.

 

Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited university.
  • Accounting Coursework: 30 semester hours (which can include principles of accounting courses) to include coverage in the following subject areas: auditing with coverage of U.S. Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS); financial accounting; management or cost accounting; and taxation. 
  • Business Coursework: 24 semester hours in business related subjects.
  • Total Credit Hours: 120 semester hours
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Complete all education 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 Ohio. 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.

  • Ethics Coursework: Must pass a professional standards and responsibilities course that emphasizes the Ohio accountancy law and Board rules.
  • Total Credit Hours: 150 semester hours
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure
    • Minimum Work Experience: One-year of full-time accounting experience to include 2,000 hours.

 

Additional information can be found on the Accountancy Board of Ohio (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 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. 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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