Colorado 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.

Colorado 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$150.00
Additional RequirementsColorado Board of Accountancy Site

Educational Hours Required 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 Colorado 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 Colorado.

  • A total of 150 Semester hours, including a bachelor’s degree
  • 33 semester hours must include 27 semester hours of accounting courses, excluding introductory accounting courses
  • 27 semester hours of non-duplicative coursework in business administration at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE CHANGED TO THE 150 HOUR REQUIREMENT PLUS THE ONE-YEAR OF WORK EXPERIENCE ON JULY 1, 2015.
  • Uniform CPA Exam or IQEX Exam
  • AICPA Ethics Exam with a 90 percent or better within two years immediately preceding the date of application for licensure.

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

  • Initial – $150
  • Transfer of Grades – $185
  • Reciprocal – $185
  • Firm – $175

Work Experience

  • One (1) year of experience in ONE area (Public Accounting, Industry, Government or Academia):
  • Must include a minimum of 1,800 qualifying hours which must have been obtained over a period of not less than one (1) year and not more than three (3) years.
  • Must have been met within five (5) years preceding date of application.
  • All qualifying hours must be verified by an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in good standing for the entire period verified

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.

  • The organizing documents of the partnership, articles of incorporation or articles of organization of the limited liability company must contain provisions that comply with Colorado’s Revised Statues.
  • A copy of the appropriate organizing or incorporation documents
  • Description of services provided prior to the application’s filing
  • Sample business cards and letterhead used prior to the application’s filing
  • Description of events or promotional materials in which the organization is represented as a CPA firm

Colorado CPA 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 Colorado Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

Colorado State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202
Email:dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us
Phone: (303) 894-7800
Fax: (303) 894-7693

NASBA Licensing Services
Address: PO Box 198589
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (866) 350-0017
Email: licensing@nasba.org
Web: apps.colorado.gov
CPA Certification form: Colorado CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Colorado Annual Registration Form

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