Connecticut 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.

Connecticut 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 RequirementsConnecticut 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

  • Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree and pass all 4 parts of the Uniform CPA Examination administered by NASBA with a passing grade of 75 or better.
  • Total of 150 semesters hours including: 
    • 36 semester hours in accounting,
    • 30 semester hours in economics & business administration, 
    • 60 semester hours in general education and
    • 24 semester hours in any credit subject
  • Minimum 2 years, 104 weeks for applicants who took the exam after January 1, 2000 with 150 semester hours of education or prior to January 1, 2000 with 150 hours of education. 
  • Minimum of 3 years, 156 weeks for applicants who took the exam prior to January 1, 2000 with less than 150 semester hours of education.
  • Ethics – Successful completion of the AICPA Professional Ethics for CPAs self study Comprehensive Course for Certification with a score of 90 or higher.

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

All applicants must select one of the following options:

  • CPA Certification only: Application fee: $150.00. The CPA Certificate alone does not grant the authority to use the title Certified Public Accountant or the initials CPA, and does not grant the authority to practice public accountancy.
  • CPA Certification & Registration: Application fee: $190.00. The registration allows for limited use of the title Certified Public Accountant and the Initials CPA.
  • CPA Certification & License: Application fee: $300.00. The license allows for unlimited use of the title Certified Public Accountant and the initials CPA as well as being a prerequisite to obtaining a firm permit.

All fees must be in the form of a check or money order made payable to: “Treasurer, State of Connecticut” and mailed with the completed application.

Work Experience

The candidate will have 36 months from the time all test sections are passed to obtain a total of 150 semester hours or 225 quarter hours of post secondary education that must include

  • 33 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting (excluding introductory courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • A reciprocal certificate based on a certificate issued by another state may be issued without examination to an applicant who meets the qualifications.

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.

Connecticut 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 Connecticut Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

Connecticut State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: Board of Accountancy
450 Columbus Blvd, Ste. 801
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 713-6000
Fax: (860) 706-1200
Live Chat: Live Chat
Email: dcp.licenseCPA@ct.gov
Web: portal.ct.gov
CPA Certification form: Connecticut CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration: Connecticut Annual Registration

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