Wisconsin CPA Exam Requirements

1. Education Requirements To Sit For The Exam:

Candidates should fulfill 150 credit hours and ONE of the following:

(a) Graduate degree in accounting:

  • You are automatically qualified

(b) Graduate degree in business:

  • Accounting courses:
    • 24 semester hours in undergraduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; OR
    • 15 semester hours in graduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; OR
    • Equivalent combination

(c) Undergraduate degree in accounting:

  • 24 semester hours in undergraduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  • 24 semester hours in business courses

(d) Undergraduate degree in business or accounting concentration:

  • 24 semester hours in undergraduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  • 24 semester hours in business courses
  • In accounting, the courses covering the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting would normally be all courses taken beyond the introduction level.

Special note:

  • May sit 60 days prior to meeting educational requirements.
  • Non-US candidates must earn credit for one course each of income taxation and business law from a four-year U.S. institution with regional accreditation.

2. Additional Requirements To Get CPA License:

Education:

  • None

Experience:

  • 1 year of accounting experience. Public accounting experience and equivalent experience will be evaluated by the board. Applicants can read the Position Statements on the CPA page on the department’s website for a list of experience equivalent to public accounting.
  • Part-time employment can be counted, but full-time employment is normally given the most weight.
  • Experience will be counted only after completion of the education requirement.
  • Verifier does not need to be a US CPA or equivalent

Ethics Qualifications:

  • Pass the Wisconsin ethics exam. It is an online exam and you need 80% or above to pass.

3. Residency & Age Requirements:

  • US citizenship not required
  • Wisconsin residency not required
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Social Security Number (SSN) requirements: not required to sit for the exam; for licensure, SSN is required if the individual has one. If the person does not have a SSN, there is a form on the department website (# 1051) that can be filled out and submitted with the application.

4. Fees:

  • First-timers: it depends on the number of parts you take, for 4 parts it will cost $990.2

5. Continuing Education Requirement:

CPE is required for license holders.

6. Other Useful Information:

7. Contact:

Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
P.O.Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

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