Virginia CPA Requirements


Virginia 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 Virginia. See the sections below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. 
  • Accounting Coursework: 24 semester hours in accounting courses beyond principles and introductory level courses to include 3 semester hours in each of the following: auditing; financial accounting; management accounting; and taxation.
  • Business Coursework: 24 semester hours in business related subjects. A maximum of 6 semester hours in accounting courses (not included in the 24 semester hours listed above) may be applied to the business course requirement.
  • Total Credit Hours: 120 semester hours
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Complete the education requirements including at least 120 semester hours.
    • 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 Virginia. 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 the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam and the annual two-hour Virginia-specific ethics course (opens new window) for initial licensure.
  • Total Credit Hours: 150 semester hours
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure
    • Minimum Work Experience: One-year of accounting experience or 2,080 hours.

Additional information can be found on the Virginia 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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