Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin. See the charts below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination


Baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting, or the reasonable equivalent of an accounting concentration, from a regionally accredited university.

Accounting Coursework

24 semester hours* in accounting course to include 3 semester hours in each of the following: financial accounting; auditing; taxation; management accounting; and accounting information systems. 

Business Coursework

24 semester hours* in business courses to include coverage of the following subjects: economics; finance; statistics or data analytics; business law; and information technology.

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours

* Or 15 semester hours in graduate level courses.


Additional Exam Information

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Meet all education requirements.

Application Documents

Application documents found on the board website.


The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Wisconsin. 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 an online examination on the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules.

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours



Experience Requirements for Licensure

Minimum Work Experience

One-year of accounting experience earned after completion of the degree requirement.


Additional information can be found on the Wisconsin Accounting 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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