Illinois CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in Illinois

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Getting your Illinois CPA

CPA Exam Requirements


Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 150 semester units (225 quarter units) with Baccalaureate are required in the Illinois requirements to take the CPA exam

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: For a a graduate degree in accounting, no specific classes are required as long as there are 150 semester units. For a graduate degree in business, out of the 150 semester units you must have 30 semester credit hours in accounting including Managerial Accounting, Taxation, Financial Accounting, Audit, and at least two semester credit hours of Research & Analysis (as of 1/1/2019, Research and Analysis will not be required).
For an undergraduate degree (regardless of major), you must have 150 total semester units and 30 of them must be made up of the accounting classes including those stated above. In addition, you must have 24 semester credit hours in business including two semester credit hours of Business Communication and three of Business Ethics


Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not an Illinois CPA exam requirement

Minimum Age: None

Additional Requirements: There are no Illinois CPA exam requirements to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state