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Kentucky CPA Requirements

See what you need to become a CPA in Kentucky. Download your FREE Kentucky CPA Requirements Guide to learn everything you need to become a CPA in KY!

How to Become a CPA in Kentucky

Curious how to become a CPA in Kentucky? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to your one-stop-shop for CPA Requirements in Kentucky. 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.

150

Semester Units

2,000

Hours of Experience

$984

in Application Fees

No

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

No

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

Yes

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Kentucky CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements:120 semester units (180 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: a concentration in accounting, or the equivalent of 39 semester hours in business-related subjects, of which at least 27 semester hours must be accounting courses, and the remaining hours in subjects such as finance, marketing, economics, management, statistics, and computers


Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: 18

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state. However, candidate must have a Kentucky mailing address

State License Requirements

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 Semester hours (including Bachelor’s)

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year (2,000 hours) of work experience in public accounting or auditing, industry, academia*, or government completed after receiving Bachelor’s Degree and within 5 years of passing the CPA Exam

*If experience is gained through academia, you must participate in 24 semester hours of teaching college accounting courses

Ethics Exam: None

State Board Contacts

Kentucky State Board of Accountancy
332 West Broadway, Suite 310
Louisville, KY 40202-2115

Email: cpa@ky.gov

Phone: 502-595-3037

Fax: 502-595-4281

CPA Fees

Initial Application Fees $150
AUD $208.40
BEC $208.40
FAR $208.40
REG $208.40
Total $983.60

   *$30 re-examination application fee

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