Colorado CPA Requirements – A Closer Look

When you start working as a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado, chances are you will be among the better paid professionals in the state.    The State of Colorado’s Labor Market Information Gateway  reports that the median salary for CPA’s in Colorado was $65,600 in 2012, ranking it 11th among the 50 states.  Maybe you already working in an accounting related career in Colorado and are thinking about starting CPA program.  Maybe you are just beginning your studies and are thinking about what you want to do and be.   Either way, there are few things you want to think about before getting started.  Below we provide some information we hope you will find useful pertaining to general requirements for future CPA licensees as well as some items specific to the state of Colorado.

Colorado CPA Requirements – A Quick Review

Colorado CPA RequirementsThe requirements for CPA applicants are going to vary from state to state.   Before we take a more in-depth look at Colorado’s CPA requirements, we will review the fairly standard requirements for most accountants seeking licensure across the country.

Professional requirements for CPA’s will typically include:

  • That all those sitting for a licensing exam have obtained a degree from a four-year university in accounting or a similar field
  • That the future licensee has completed 150 semester unit of college undergraduate classes.
  • That the CPA applicant has complete and passed the four part Uniform CPA Exam which is administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Previous work experience – For the most part, all state accountancy boards will require previous experience working as an accountant or in a similar capacity.  One year or 2000 hours of actual employment is typical of this requirement

The State of Colorado requires that first time applicants who wish to obtain a CPA license from that state to have completed the following requirements:

  • That the aspiring licensee has possession of a United States Social Security Number
  • That the applicant completes the State of Colorado’s Affidavit of  Eligibility
  • That the applicant submit relevant official transcripts to Colorado’s State Board of Accountancy

Additionally, an applicant must also have completed one of the three sets of educational requirements listed at the Colorado page of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy site.

How to Get Started

To find out more about CPA schools in Colorado, just use the search feature at the top of this page.  You can also find great information on other bookkeeping and accounting careers by visiting our main page and following our sidebar links.  There’s no time like now to get started on your educational goals and dreams!

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