Kansas 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.

Kansas 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$165.00
Additional RequirementsKansas 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 Kansas 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 Kansas.

42 semester hours studying business and general education courses. These hours must include some or all of the following:

  • Macro and microeconomics
  • One upper-level economics course
  • Two courses covering business law
  • Algebra or some other higher level math
  • Statistics
  • Computer science
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

11 hours studying written and oral communications. You might select courses such as the following:

  • Technical writing
  • Business communications
  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal communications

30 hours studying the theory and practice of accounting including, but not limited to:

  • Upper level financial accounting
  • Upper level managerial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Upper level accounting systems

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).”


$165 for the individual application and Evaluation Fee: $250.

Work Experience

One year of experience practicing accounting in a public, private, governmental or academic institution. You will need to have a licensed CPA validate your year of experience.

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.

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

Kansas State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 556
Topeka, KS 66612-1239
Phone: (785) 296-2162
Fax: (785) 291-3501
Email: ksboa@ks.gov
Web: www.ksboa.org
CPA Certification form: Kansas CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Call to for Renewal form: (785) 296-2162

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