Colorado CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Colorado? 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 Colorado, 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 Colorado CPA requirements.

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in CO 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 Colorado

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.

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Colorado State Requirements & Education Options

On or after July 1, 2015, to be eligible for the examination as a candidate of Colorado, you must have completed a Baccalaureate Degree or higher degree with at least 120 credit hours of higher education that includes the accounting and business courses listed below:

  • At least 27 semester hours of non-duplicative accounting coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level with course grades of C (or equivalent) or higher.
    • Within the 27 semester hours in accounting, 21 semester hours must exclude introductory accounting courses and cover subject areas such as:
      • Accounting Ethics
      • Accounting Information Systems
      • Accounting Research and Analysis
      • Accounting Theory
      • Auditing and Attestation Services
      • Financial Accounting and Reporting of Business Organizations
      • Financial Accounting and Reporting for Government and Not-for-Profit Entities
      • Financial Statement Analysis
      • Fraud Examination
      • Internal Controls and Risk Assessment
      • Managerial or Cost Accounting
      • Taxation
      • Tax Research and Analysis
      • Other areas as approved by the Board
    • The 21 semester hours in accounting must include a 3 semester hour, or more, auditing course concentrating on U.S. GAAS. NOTE: “Concentrating on U.S. GAAS” means that any course content referencing non-U.S. standards is incidental to the course.
  • At least 21 semester hours of non-duplicative coursework in business administration at the undergraduate or graduate level that addresses subject areas such as:
    • Behavior of Organizations, Groups, and Persons
    • Business Communications
    • Business Ethics
    • Business Law
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Legal and Social Environment of Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Quantitative Applications in Business
    • Statistics
    • Other areas as approved by the Board
  • Of the 21 semester hours, no more than 6 semester hours can be in any single subject area. But semester hours in excess of the 6-hour maximum may count toward the total 120 semester hour requirement.
  • Of the 21 semester hours, 12 semester hours must be in courses above the introductory level in business administration.

If you do not have a baccalaureate degree, you may still qualify for the examination as a candidate of Colorado if you have completed at least 120 credit hours of higher education provided you are currently enrolled in a degree program at a college or university that: (1) requires a minimum 150 hours for graduation; and (2) does not offer a Baccalaureate Degree, but instead confers a Masters or higher degree, or offers a Baccalaureate Degree upon completion of a combined degree program.

Residency

US citizenship is not required.
Colorado residency is not required.

Age

NO age requirements.

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Initial Application Fee: $150.00
Audit: $208.40
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Contact Information:
Colorado State Board of Public Accountancy
Email: dora_accountancyboard@state.co.us
Phone: 303-894-7800
Address:

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

CPA License Requirements in Colorado

Education

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


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