Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin 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$118.00
Additional RequirementsWisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

A candidate applying for a certificate to practice as a certified public accountant must have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited educational institution and have satisfied one of the following for purposes of meeting the 150-hour coursework requirement

  • Earned a master’s degree in accounting from an institution, with an accounting program or department accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from a business program or college of business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and completed
  • At least 24 semester hours in accounting from an accredited educational institution at the undergraduate level or
  • 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, that cover each of the following subject areas:
    • Financial accounting.
    • Cost or managerial accounting.
    • Taxation.
    • Auditing.
    • Accounting information systems.
  • Earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited educational institution and completed all of the following:
  • (a) At least 24 semester hours in accounting from an accredited educational institution at the undergraduate level or
  • 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, that cover each of the following subject areas:
    • Financial accounting.
    • Cost or managerial accounting.
    • Taxation.
    • Auditing.
    • Accounting information systems.
  • (b) At least 24 semester hours in business and economics courses other than accounting courses from an accredited educational institution at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, that cover each of the following subject areas:
    • Economics.
    • Finance.
    • Statistics or data analytics.
    • Business law.
    • Information technology.
  • A candidate for a certified public accountant certificate shall successfully pass the certified public accountant examination. The passing grade on each section is 75 or higher.
  • shall successfully pass an open book professional ethics examination on statutes and rules governing the practice of public accounting in Wisconsin.

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

$118 for the individual application and $43 for firm permit.

Work Experience

An individual must have at least one year of public accounting experience or its equivalent as determined by the board.

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.

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

Wisconsin State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: P.O. Box 8935Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone: (608) 266-2112
Fax: (608) 251-3036
Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov
Web: dsps.wi.gov
CPA Certification form: Wisconsin CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Wisconsin Annual Registration Form

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