District of Columbia 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.

District of Columbia 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$110.00
Additional RequirementsDistrict of Columbia 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 District of Columbia 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 District of Columbia.

  • Holds a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in accounting conferred by a college or university recognized by the Board
  • If graduated after 1/1/2000 must complete 150 semester hours of college education. If graduated before 1/1/2000, 120 credit hour degree will be accepted.
  • 33 semester hours in accounting excluding introductory courses
  • 27 semester hours in business courses excluding accounting courses
  • 3 semester hours in business law

Minimum age required

Minimum age not 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).”


$110.00 for the individual application and $110.00 for annual permit (upto 2 years).

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

  • Must have 2,000 hours of work experience in no less than 1year and no more than 3years.
  • Experience in government, industry, academia or public practice will be accepted.
  • Experience must be validated by a CPA licensed in the District of Columbia or another state.

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.

District of Columbia CPA firm Registration

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 District of Columbia Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

District of Columbia State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: DC Board of Accountancy
8100 Professional Place
Suite 220
Landover, MD 20785
Phone: (866) 270-9817
Fax: (202) 403-3446
Email: licensing@dcopla.com (Subject line must contain “DC Board of Accountancy”)
Web: accountancy.dcopla.com
CPA Certification form: District of Columbia CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: District of Columbia Annual Registration Form

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