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Tennessee CPA Requirements

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

How to Become a CPA in Tennessee

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

$1,070

in Application Fees

No

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

One

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

Yes

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Tennessee CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate

Additional Requirements: Completed at least 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of accounting at the upper division excluding credits from internship programs


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) with 30 semester hours in accounting (24 upper division) and 24 semester hours in business

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 2,000 hours of work experience earned in no less than 1 year but no more than 3 years, earned within 10 years preceding application for certification

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

State Board Contacts

Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
500 James Robertson Parkway, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1141

Email: tnsba@state.tn.uscpaes-tn@nasba.org
Phone: 615-741-2550
Fax: 615-532-8800

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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