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.

 

Education and Experience Requirements for CPA Examination and Licensure

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.

  • 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
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Meet all education requirements.
    • Application Documents: Application documents found on the board website (opens new window).
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure
    • Minimum Work Experience: One-year of accounting experience including 2,000 hours.

Additional information can be found on the Washington State 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 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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