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Colorado CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in Colorado

Curious how to become a CPA in Colorado? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to your one-stop shop for CPA Requirements in Colorado. Navigate through the tabs below for a comprehensive overview of your state’s specific CPA requirements, including: education and residency requirements, licensure details, who to contact, and how much the exam costs.

120

Semester Units

1800

Hours of Experience

$1,050

in Application Fees

No

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

One

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

Yes

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Colorado CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester hours

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree
*You can sit for the exam without a Bachelor’s Degree if:
– You are enrolled in a program where you receive a Bachelor’s Degree upon completion of a combined degree program (Dual Degree)
– Your program requires 150 semester hours for graduation
– Your program does not offer a Bachelor’s Degree but instead confers a Master’s or higher degree

Additional Requirements: 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in upper-division accounting. 6 hours must be in auditing of which 3 hours must cover Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). 3 separate hours of accounting ethics is also required and 27 semester hours in Business Administration courses at the undergraduate or graduate level


Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not a Colorado CPA exam requirement

Minimum Age: There are no Colorado CPA requirements dictating a minimum age limit

Additional Requirements: There are no Colorado CPA exam requirements to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

State License Requirements

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 semester hours (including Bachelor’s Degree), must include 33 semester hours in accounting and 27 semester hours in business at undergraduate or graduate level

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year employment (1,800 hours) for one or more employers as an employee of a CPA. The experience may be gained through public accounting, industry, government, or academic + 30 semester hours.

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam within 90 days of fulfilling work experience requirement

State Board Contacts

Colorado State Board of Accountancy
1560 Broadway-Suite 1340
Denver, CO 80202

Email: accountants@dpo.state.co.us,
 cpaes-co@nasba.org

Phone: 303-894-7800

Fax: 303-894-7692

CPA Fees

Initial Application Fees $150
AUD $224.99
BEC $224.99
FAR $224.99
REG $224.99
Total $1049.96

   *Re-examination application fee varies

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