Wisconsin CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in Wisconsin

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

1

Year of Experience

$1,180

in Application Fees

No

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

One

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

Yes

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Wisconsin CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units

Minimum Degree: None

Additional Requirements:
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 120 credit hours of education leading to a bachelor’s or graduate degree to apply for the Uniform CPA Exam, which includes at least 24 semester hours in accounting from an educational institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination that covers each of the following subject areas:

  • Financial accounting
  • Cost or managerial accounting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Accounting information system

Check out the Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board‘s page to view complete credit hour requirements.


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

State License Requirements

Social Security Requirement: Optional

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

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year experience of public accounting or its equivalent. Equivalent experience may be considered in government, industry, academia, law, self-employment (must be documented and presented in detail for Board consideration)

Ethics Exam: Must pass the Wisconsin online ethics exam

State Board Contacts

Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
P.O.Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Email: web@drl.state.wi.uscpaes-wi@nasba.org
Phone: 608-266-2112
Fax: 608-267-3816

CPA Fees

First Time Applicant Registration Fees
1 Section $430.99
2 Sections $680.98
3 Sections $930.97
4 Sections $1,179.96

   *Re-examination application fee varies

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