Ohio CPA Licensing Requirements

Certified Public Accountants  who become licensed in Ohio will place themselves among the highest paid accounting professionals in the state.  According to Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services’ Labor Market Information page the median salary for Certified Public Accountants in the state of Ohio was $59,600 in 2012, ranking it 24th in the United States.   So if you are already working in the field of accounting and you are thinking about returning to your studies, or if you’re just getting started in your academic career, you might want to consider enrollment in an accredited CPA program.   In the paragraphs below we will provide you with key information about requirements for CPA’s everywhere as well as some details specific to applicants seeking a CPA license in Ohio.

Ohio CPA Licensing Requirements – A Closer Look

Ohio CPA Licensing RequirementsThe educational and professional requirements for CPA’s are going to differ from state to state and region to region.  While it’s always a good idea to prepare to meet the requirements specific to your state, you will be glad to learn that the requirements for prospective CPAs everywhere are fairly standard.  These requirements will typically include:

  • That the prospective CPA license holder will have completed a degree program from an accredited university with a major in accounting or in a concentration that is closely related to that of accounting
  • That during the completion of their studies, the prospective CPA license holder will have completed a minimum of 150 units of college coursework
  • That the prospective CPA license holder will have taken and passed the four-part Uniform CPA Exam.  This exam is administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants  and is typically taken over a period of up to 1.5 years
  • That the prospective CPA license holder will have been employed for a minimum of one year (2000 hours) in a position in the field of accounting or in a position that is similar or in a closely related field of endeavor

The state of Ohio also requires that all prospective CPA License holders be of good moral character and at least 18 years of age and meet at least ONE of the following FOUR requirements:

  • Received a graduate degree in the field of accounting from an institution recognized by CHEA or accredited by AACSB
  • Received a graduate degree in business from an institution recognized by CHEA or accredited by AACSB with a minimum of 30 semester units in accounting at the undergraduate level or 18 semester units  of accounting at the graduate level with at least one course in each of the following: financial accounting, management accounting, auditing with coverage of GAAS, taxation, and professional ethics
  • Received a undergraduate degree from a university recognized by CHEA or accredited by AACSB or recognized by the board with 30 semester units of accounting with at least one course in each of the following: financial accounting, management accounting, auditing with coverage of GAAS, taxation, and professional ethics and responsibilities, and a minimum of 24 semester hours in business related courses
  • In  equivalence to the completion of 150 semester units of general college education, a minimum score of 620 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the earning of a baccalaureate degree from a university recognized by CHEA or accredited by AACSB or recognized by the board with 30 semester units of accounting with at least one course in each of the following:  financial accounting, management accounting, auditing with coverage of GAAS, taxation, and professional ethics and responsibilities, and a minimum of 24 semester hours in business related courses

To learn more about Ohio’s CPA requirements visit the Accountancy Board of Ohio’s CPA Requirements page.

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