Utah 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.

Utah 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$65.00
Additional RequirementsUtah 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 Utah 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 Utah.

Below are the requirements to apply for a CPA license in Utah.

  • One hundred and fifty (150) semester hours of education
  • Plus ONE of the following options:
  • Option 1:
    • Graduate degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited AACSB or ACBSP program
  • Option 2a:
    • Master of Business Administration degree from a regionally accredited AACSB or ACBSP business program,
    • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting at the upper-division undergraduate level or graduate level to include financial accounting, managerial accounting, audit and taxation
  • Option 2b:
    • Master of Business Administration degree from a regionally accredited AACSB or ACBSP business program
    • Fifteen (15) semester hours in accounting at the graduate level to include financial accounting, managerial accounting, audit and taxation
  • Option 3:
    • Bachelor’s degree in business or accounting from a regionally accredited AACSB or ACBSP business/accounting program
    • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting to include a minimum of 2 semester hours each in financial accounting, managerial accounting, audit and taxation, (16 hours must be at upper division undergraduate level and the remaining 8 must be at a graduate level)
    • Twelve (12) semester hours in business related subjects at the upper-division undergraduate level
    • Twenty-two (22) semester hours in business or accounting courses at the upper-division undergraduate/ graduate level. (12 must be at a graduate level and the remaining 10 hours can be at upper-division undergraduate level or graduate level)
  • Option 4:
    • Graduate or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting at the upper-division undergraduate level to include 2 semester hours each in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, accounting systems and taxation
    • Thirty (30) semester hours in business related subjects which must include 2 semester hours each in business law, computer science, economics, professional ethics, statistics/quantitative methods, written and oral communications, business administration (marketing, production, management, policy, or organizational behavior), and finance
    • Thirty (30) additional semester hours in business or accounting (8 semester hours graduate level accounting, 12 semester hours of graduate level accounting or business, and 10 semester hours of business at either the graduate level or upper-division undergraduate level)

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).”

Fees

$65 for the individual application and $130 for firm annual permit.

Work 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.

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

Utah State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: NASBA P.O. Box 198589
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (866) 627-2286
Fax: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Email: UTlicense@nasba.org
Web: www.dopl.utah.gov
CPA Certification form: Utah CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Utah Annual Registration Form

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