Iowa CPA Requirements – What You Need to Know

Certified Public Accountants working in Iowa make an extremely competitive salary.  According to the Iowa Workforce Information Network the median salary for CPA’s in Iowa was $55,000 in 2012.  So if you are an accounting student just beginning your academic career or are already working as an accounting or bookkeeping professional and thinking about returning to your studies, you might want to consider enrollment in a CPA program.  However, before you begin there is some important information you’ll want to review.  On the page below we’ll take a look at the standard criteria that needs to be met by CPA’s everywhere as well as some items that are state-specific to Iowa.

Iowa CPA Requirements – A Closer Look

Iowa CPA RequirementsThe criteria requirements that must be met by Certified Public Accountants seeking state licensure are going to vary from state to state.  But before we review the state requirements for Iowa let’s take a look at some fairly standard items required to be met by CPA’s in all 50 states:

  • Anyone that wishes to sit for a CPA licensing exam will have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year university in the area of accounting or closely related major
  • That during the course of that degree program  the CPA Licensee has completed at least 150 semester hours of college undergraduate coursework
  • That the license applicant has taken and passed the four part Uniform CPA Exam.  This Exam is offered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • That the applicant has completed at least one year of appropriate employment in the field of accounting or in a field that is similar

The state of Iowa also requires that a CPA license applicant has met ONE of the following requirements:

  1. That the applicant has earned a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program that is accredited by an agency recognized by the State Board of Accountancy
  2. That the applicant has earned a graduate degree in business from a program that is accredited by an agency recognized by the State Board of Accountancy and:  The applicant has completed at least 24 semester units in the area of accounting with at least one course in each of the following: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  3. That the applicant has earned a baccalaureate degree in business or accounting from a program that is accredited by an agency recognized by the State Board of accountancy and: The applicant has completed at least 24 semester units in the area of accounting with at least one course in each of the following: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  4. That the applicant has earned a baccalaureate or higher degree and completed the following hours from an accredited institution recognized by the State Board of Accountancy and:
  • The applicant has completed at least 24 semester units in accounting with at least one course in each of the following: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  • The applicant has completed at least 24 semester hours in business-related courses, such as: finance, management, marketing, economics, and business law

 

To read in greater detail about CPA requirements for the state of Iowa, visit the CPA page at the Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau.

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