Maine 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.

Maine 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$56.00
Additional RequirementsMaine 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 Maine 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 Maine.

Successful completion of the CPA exam.You must have completed at least 150 semester hours of education, including a minimum 4-year baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a college or university acceptable to the board.

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).”


$56 for the individual application and $35 for firm annual permit.

Work Experience

You must have completed at least two years of experience under the direction of a CPA licensed by any state or territory of the U.S. or equivalent direction, or by a licensed professional CPA in another country.

  • Your work experience must include the use of accounting or auditing skills, including the issuance of reports on financial statements, and at least one of the following: the provision of management advisory, financial advisory or consulting services; the preparation of tax returns; the furnishing of advice on tax matters; or equivalent activities defined by the Board.
  • You must have completed at least 150 semester hours of education, including a minimum 4-year baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a college or university.

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.

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

Maine State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: Mailing address: 35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035
Office address: Gardiner Annex, 76 Northern Avenue, Gardiner, Maine 04345
Phone: (207) 624-8672
Fax: (207) 624-8637
CPA Certification form: Maine CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Maine Annual Registration Form

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