Alabama CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Alabama? Each state or region in the United States has a different set of requirements in order to sit for the test. If you are considering Alabama, you should first understand if you meet all of the necessary qualifications including education, residency, and age requirements. Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all Alabama CPA requirements. For example, did you know that a candidate may take the exam with 120 semester hours, but will need to complete the 150 hour licensure requirement within 36 months or all exam credits will expire.

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in AL may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in January 2019.

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CPA Exam Requirements in Alabama


  • Baccalaureate degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • At least 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting, law, and at least 24 semester or equivalent quarter hours in business courses.

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Alabama State Requirements & Education Options

Persons who first sit for the uniform CPA exam on or after January 1, 2016, must have completed a total of 120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours of postsecondary education, including a baccalaureate degree at a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation board such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, with a concentration in accounting or the substantial equivalent as determined by the board. The Board may determine that a candidate has a concentration in accounting or its substantial equivalent upon receiving evidence that the candidate has satisfied any one of the following:

  1. The candidate shall have completed
    1. At least 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting (excluding introductory courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level;
    2. at least 24 semester or equivalent quarter hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level from among the following subject areas: economics; legal and social environment of business; business law; marketing; finance; organization, group, and individual behavior; quantitative applications in business; communication skills, and business ethics; or
  2. The candidate shall have been awarded a graduate degree in accounting from a program that, as of the date of granting said degree, is accredited in accounting by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or comparable accrediting organization recognized by the Board.


US citizenship is required.
Alabama residency is not required.


Minimum age:
19 Years Old

Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $120.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $953.60

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking.

Contact Information:
Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
Phone: 334-242-5700

PO Box 300375
Montgomery, AL 36130-0375

CPA License Requirements in Alabama


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Getting your CPA license in Alabama can mean that additional requirements must be met.  Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the Alabama State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.

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