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Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all Kentucky CPA requirements. Please note that obtaining a CPA license in Kentucky may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

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

CPA Exam Requirements in Kentucky


Baccalaureate degree or higher is required.
150 semester hours are required to sit for the CPA exam
33 semester hours of accounting (18 upper level and 3 in audit)
27 semester hours in business
Specific instructions for transcripts. See full education requirements on the Kentucky Board of Accountancy website.

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US citizenship is required.
Kentucky residency is not required.


Minimum 18 Years of Age

Exam Fees:

Initial Application Fee $30.00*
Auditing $250
Financial $250
Regulation $250
Business Analysis and Reporting $250
Information Systems and Controls $250
Tax Compliance and Planning $250
Total: $1,030.00

*This is the tentative exam fee structure, as the 2024 CPA exam fee structure is yet to be published.

Contact Information:

Kentucky State Board of Accountancy

Email: cpa@ky.gov

Phone: 502-595-3037

332 W. Broadway, Suite 310
Louisville, KY 40202-2115

CPA License Requirements in KY


80 hours of continuing education is required for CPAs who have 3000 hours of experience earned within 2 years.

150 total semester hours.


Work Experience

1 year of work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

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

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