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Below you will find the basic prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all Illinois CPA requirements. There may be additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience. For help with further requirements, we offer FREE U.S. CPA Exam Eligibility Assessments to anyone purchasing or already purchased a 4-part UWorld CPA Review Course. We will provide you continued support throughout the application process at no additional charge.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in January 2024.

CPA Exam Requirements in Illinois


Baccalaureate degree or higher is required
150 semester credit hours with an accounting concentration that includes managerial accounting, taxation, financial accounting, and auditing or an accounting major

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US citizenship is not required.
Illinois residency is not required.


Minimum age: 18 Years Old

Exam Fees:

Education Evaluation Application Fee: $120.00
Auditing $225.00
Financial $225.00
Regulation $225.00
Business Analysis and Reporting $225.00
Information Systems and Controls $225.00
Tax Compliance and Planning $225.00
Total: $1,020.00

*Please note that this is a tentative exam fee structure.

CPA License Requirements in IL


120 hours of continuing education is required.

Graduate degree or accounting major with 30 semester hours in accounting and 24 semester hours in business

Work Experience

One year of work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number NOT required.

Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

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

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