Washington CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Washington? 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 Washington, 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 Washington CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you need a Baccalaureate degree in order to sit for the exam?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in WA 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 Washington


  • Acco- Baccalaureate degree is required.
  • 150 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Additional semester hour requirements. See full education requirements on the Washington Board of Accountancy website.

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Washington State Requirements & Education Options

As a first-time applicant, you must have completed:

  • At least 150 semester hours of college education, and
  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, and
  • A concentration in accounting, which means:
    • 24 semester hours (36 quarter) in accounting subjects, of which at least 15 semester (22.5 quarter) hours are at the upper level or graduate level.
    • The following are examples of acceptable accounting courses:
      • Introductory/Elementary Accounting
      • Intermediate Accounting
      • Advanced Accounting
      • Cost/Managerial Accounting
      • Audit
      • Tax courses
      • Accounting Information Systems
    • The following are examples of acceptable upper level accounting courses:
      • Intermediate Accounting
      • Advanced Accounting
      • Managerial Accounting
      • Cost Accounting
      • Governmental Accounting
      • Auditing
      • Tax Courses
      • Accounting Information Systems
      • Not-for-Profit Accounting
      • Accountant Theory
      • Forensic Accounting
      • Financial Statement Anaylsis
      • Any accounting courses taken as part of a Master’s Program
  • 24 semester hours (36 quarter) in business subjects at the undergraduate or graduate level in business and general education courses, that can include:
    • Macro-and Micro-economics
    • Budgeting
    • Investments
    • Business Law
    • Statistics
    • Money & Banking
    • Finance courses
    • Management and administration
  • Social Security Number is not required


US citizenship is not required.

Washington residency is not required.


NO Age Requirements.

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $155.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $988.60

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Contact Information:
Washington State Board of Accountancy
Email: customerservice@acb.wa.gov
Phone: 360-753-2586
Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9131
Olympia, WA 98507-9131

Physical Address:

711 Capitol Way S, Suite 400
Olympia, WA 98501

CPA License Requirements in WA


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is not required.

Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

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

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