Arkansas CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Arkansas? 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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas CPA requirements. For example, did you know that in Arkansas there is no residency or age requirements to take the exam? Great for international candidates!

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

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

CPA Exam Requirements in Alaska


  • Baccalaureate degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam, and 150 hours is required to license. Successful candidates must complete this educational requirement within 3 years of the date the last CPA exam section was passed.
  • 30 semester hours of upper-level accounting courses is required. 30 hours of business courses is required.

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Arkansas State Requirements & Education Options

Arkansas’s qualifications to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination are simple: you must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 120 credit hours. Thirty of these hours must be upper-level Accounting and thirty in Business other than Accounting. Accounting and Business classes must be completed with a grade of “C” or above.

The Accounting classes must cover the following 6 topics:

  • Financial Accounting (Intermediate Acct.)
  • Management Accounting (Cost Acct.)
  • Governmental or Not-for Profit Accounting (Institutional Acct.)
  • Federal Taxation (Adv. Income Tax or Fundamentals of Taxation.)
  • Auditing and Attestation
  • Accounting Information Systems.


US citizenship is not required.
Arkansas residency is not required.


NO age requirements.

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $170.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $1,003.60

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

Contact Information:
Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy
Phone: 501-682-1520

101 East Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201

CPA License Requirements in Arkansas


Continuing education is required.
*Additional 30 hours of continuing education is required within 3 years of passing the last section of the exam.

Work Experience

Work experience required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

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

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