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.
|Louisiana CPA licensure Requirements – Overview|
|Educational Hours Required for Licensure||150 Semester Hours|
|Residency Required||U.S. citizen or legal resident|
|Degree Required||Bachelor’s or Master’s|
|Additional Requirements||Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana.
To apply for a Certified Public Accountant license in Louisiana, you must have 150 hours of college education including a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a college or university acceptable to the board, with concentrations in accounting and business courses.
- Successfully complete the Uniform CPA examination
- 24 hours (or 21 hrs. graduate level) of specific accounting and 24 hours of business courses (including an acceptable three hours of business law exclusively covering Uniform Commercial Code and forms of commercial transactions ).
- Be of good moral character
Minimum age required
Applicant must be 18 years of age. Applicants must have maintained continuous residence (physical presence) in Louisiana for a period of not less than 120 days within the one year period preceding the date of the initial examination.
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).”
$100 for the individual application and $100 for firm annual permit.
The candidate must have the necessary one (1) year of qualifying experience verified by a licensed CPA in order to obtain your CPA certificate (license).
- The experience must involve the use of accounting, attest, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills. It must be of sufficient complexity and diversity, and be verified by a licensed CPA.
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.
While we do our best to keep all of this information up to date you are welcome to visit and or contact that Louisiana Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.
Louisiana State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: Pan American Life Center
601 Poydras Street, Suite 1770
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 566-1244
Fax: (504) 566-1252
CPA Certification form: Louisiana CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Louisiana Annual Registration Form