Alaska CPA Requirements

A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy.

To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

Alaska CPA licensure Requirements – Overview
Educational Hours Required for Licensure150 Semester Hours
Residency RequiredU.S. citizen or legal resident
Degree RequiredBachelor’s or Master’s
Minimum AgeNot required
Application Fee$300.00
Additional RequirementsAlaska Board of Accountancy Site

Educational requirements for licensure

The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional, and ethical standards. In addition, candidates must pass the rigorous CPA exam in order to earn the distinction of this credential. Before candidates can sit for the exam, they must satisfy their Alaska CPA requirements and qualifications. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA licensure, which should not be confused with CPA exam requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of Alaska.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO RECEIVE CERTIFICATION IN ALASKA (INACTIVE STATUS)

  • An applicant for a certified public accountant license shall be of good moral character.
  • A total of 150 semester hours of college education, including a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a college or university.
  • Two years of accounting experience satisfactory to the board
  • Achieve a passing grade on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO RECEIVE A PERMIT TO PRACTICE ( ACTIVE STATUS ) AFTER CERTIFICATION

  • 2 years of experience, which includes providing any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills.

Minimum age required

No minimum age required. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or legally present in the United States.

Professional Ethics

Candidates who have successfully passed the examination will be required to complete the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s continuing professional educational course “Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course On-Demand (For Licensure).”

Fees

  • Non refundable Initial Application Fee: $300.00
  • Certification Fee: $390.00
  • Optional Wall Certificate: $20.00

Work Experience

2 years of experience, which includes providing any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills.

A firm license process

Each firm and office thereof established or maintained for the practice of public accountancy in this State shall register with the Board within 30 days after it is opened, and annually thereafter, on a form prescribed by the Board.

Each office shall be under the direct supervision of a resident manager who must be registered with this Board and the holder of a valid annual permit.

Firm Registration form

Additional Information

While we do our best to keep all of this information up to date you are welcome to visit and or contact that Alaska Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-4712
Fax: (907) 269-8156
Email: BoardOfPublicAccountancy@Alaska.Gov
Web: professionallicense.alaska.gov
CPA Certification form: Alaska CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Alaska Annual Registration Form

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