Colorado CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in Colorado

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Getting your Colorado CPA

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 21 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