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IOWA CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in Iowa

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

150

Semester Units

1

Year of Experience

$1,070

in Application Fees

No

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

One

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

Yes

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Iowa CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting, including at least one course of each of the following: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting

If degree is not accounting, an additional 24 credit hours of business-related courses, such as finance, management, marketing, economics, and business law are required


Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: None

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary 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)

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year experience in more than one employment situation (includes internships) in government industry, academia, or public accounting or 2 years experience for attest CPA which includes 1 year of attest and year of general experience

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

State Board Contacts

Iowa Accountancy Examining Board
1920 SE Hulsizer Road
Ankeny, IA 50021-3941

Email: Sylvia.King@iowa.govcpaes-ia@nasba.org

Phone: 515-281-5910

Fax: 515-281-7411

CPA Fees

Initial Application Fees $170
AUD $224.99
BEC $224.99
FAR $224.99
REG $224.99
Total $1069.96

   *Re-examination application fee varies

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