Washington CPA Requirements

To obtain CPA licensure, you must meet the three Es: Education, Experience, and Exam. Following are the specific requirements for examination and licensing in Washington.

 

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

Degree

Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university. 

Accounting Coursework

24 semester hours in accounting courses including a minimum of 15 semester hours in upper division accounting courses.

Business Coursework

24 semester hours in business administration subjects.

Ethics Coursework

Must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours

 

Experience Requirements for Licensure

Minimum Work Experience

One-year of accounting experience including 2,000 hours.

 

Additional Exam Information

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Meet all education requirements.

Application Documents

Application documents found on the board website.

 

Additional information can be found on the Washington State 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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