Wisconsin CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Wisconsin? 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 Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you need to be at least 18 years old in order to sit for the exam?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in WI 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 Wisconsin


  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Need 150 hours for licensure, but do not need 150 to sit for exam.
  • Additional semester hour requirements. See full education requirements on the Wisconsin Board of Accountancy website.

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Wisconsin State Requirements & Education Options

Education Requirement for Examination

Applicants are eligible to take the Exam after they complete the education requirements according to Wis. Stats § 442.04(5)(b)4 which states, “A person is not eligible to take the examination under this subdivision unless the person has completed at least 120 semester hours of education at an institution that include course work in accounting and business subjects, as determined by the examining board.” The required accounting and business subjects are detailed in Wisconsin Administrative Code Accy 2.303 and Accy 2.202. These codes were amended effective June 23, 2017 and can be found in EmR1713.

The accounting and business subjects required are:

  • At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, including coverage of each of the following subjects:
    • financial accounting
    • cost or management accounting
    • taxation
    • auditing
    • accounting information systems
  • At least 24 semester hours in business courses other than accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, including coverage of each of the following subjects:
    • economics
    • finance
    • statistics or data analytics
    • business law
    • information technology

Note: The courses covering the subjects of financial accounting, cost or managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing would generally be courses taken beyond the introduction level.


US citizenship is not required.
Wisconsin residency is not required.


Minimum Age:
18 Years Old

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $273.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $1,106.60

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

Contact Information:
Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
Email: Erin.Karow@wisconsin.gov
Phone: 608-266-2112

4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705

CPA License Requirements in Wisconsin


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

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

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