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Colorado's CPA Requirements

By Bryan Kesler

Colorado's (CO) CPA exam requirements are possibly the most advantageous of all the states. It does not require 150 hours and you don't even have to get work experience prior to becoming licensed. With no requirement to be a US Citizen, a resident of CO, or a certain age, it makes Colorado one of the easiest states to sit for the CPA exam and become licensed. Be sure to follow each caption below to ensure that you are qualified to sit for the exam.

Once your education requirements are met, send your application and initial application fee to State Board of Accountancy. Refer to the State Resources tab below.

Your state will process your application and send you your NTS (Notice to Schedule), which will allow you to schedule your exam within the next 9 months. Please note that your NTS does expire after 9 months so plan accordingly. To schedule exams, find the nearest location, reschedule your exam or confirm your exam time, please visit Prometric to find out more.

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Disclosure: Please note that I do my best to keep these requirements up to date but seeing as there are more than 50 states and nations with individual requirements it is difficult for me to keep up with them all. Please verify each requirement with your state board of accountancy to ensure 100% accuracy and then post any errors in the comment box below to assist your fellow CPA'ers and I can update!

Education Requirements

150 Hours Required to sit?
CO does NOT require 150 semester hours to sit for the exam. Only a Bachelors degree is required to sit for the exam.

Effective July 1, 2015: Need 150 hours to be granted certificate, but do not need 150 hours to sit for exam.
Accounting Course Requirements
CO requires 27 semester hours of accounting, 3 of which are required to cover auditing that covers US GAAS. Additionally it is required that 21 of the hours pertain to specialized accounting.
Business Course Requirements
CO requires 21 semester hours excluding accounting hours in business related courses
Business Law Requirements
CO does not have a business law requirement
Ethics Exam
Required to take AICPA Ethics Exam

CPA License Requirements

1) Get licenced by work experience:
-To obtain your CPA license CO requires at least 1 year of public accounting / private / governemental experience (1,800 hours)
-You have to meet this requirement within 5 years preceding the date of apply for your certificate
- Part time work is acceptable as long as you hit your 1,800 hours within 1-3 years
- Must be under supervision of an active CPA or Chartered Accountant from an IQAB MRA country in good standing


2) Get Licensed by Education in lieu of experience:
- Master's degree, Doctoral or a second bachelors with at least 30 additional accounting hours
- 45 total semester hours in accounting which must include 6 in Auditing covering US GAAS
- 36 total general business semester hours with no more than 9 hours in any subject

Need More Credit Hours?

CPAexcel Prep Courses
CPAexcel offers the University of North Alabama Professional Accounting Prep Program (all online courses) to assist you in meeting the 150 hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. They offer 8 3-credit hour accounting/business law courses. Each course is $475 per 3-credit hours which includes the cost of text books.

I have discussed this program with CPAexcel staff and the courses used incorporate technical material directly from their review course. So not only will you be getting course credit but you will be learning technical material that corresponds directly with the CPA exam.

You can read my comprehensive review of CPAexcel on the Top 10 CPA Review Course Comparison page
If you want to learn more about CPAexcel's Course Prep Program you can follow this link: Earn University Accounting Credits
Roger CPA Prep Courses
Roger CPA offers an online review course that can count for up to 6 university credit hours. If you enroll in the Roger CPA Review for Academic Credit program you gain access to the Roger cyber campus program which has no residency requirement.

If you are looking for an efficient way to obtain your 150 hours then this is an ideal way to accomplish this requirement.

You can read my comprehensive review of Roger on the Top 10 CPA Review Course Comparison page
You can find out more here: CPA Review for Academic Credit Program

Age & Residency Requirements

US Citizenship Required? You are NOT Required for Colorado to be US Citizen to sit for the CPA exam
Residency of State Required? Colorado does NOT require you to be a resident, employee, OR have an office in the state for you to take the CPA exam.
Minimum Age to Sit for the CPA Exam Colorado does not have a minimum age requirement to sit for the CPA exam

CPA Exam Fees

Colorado has fairly standard exam fee rates. An advantage to Colorado is that there are no special fees related to retaking the exam.
Initial Application Fee: $150
Audit: $195.35
Financial: $195.35
Regulation: $176.25
Business: $176.25
Total: $893.20
Special Fees: NONE

State Board Contacts Tab

Colorado State Board of Accountancy
1560 Broadway-Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-5961
Fax: 303-894-2310

What's Next

Once you have determined you are eligible to sit for the CPA exam then it is time to find the review course that fits how you study. I have been able to identify the target audience for each of the top five CPA review courses. I would recommend you see where you fall in my side-by-side comparison of these five review courses here. I also offer a free CPA exam coaching guide where I walk you through what I experienced while taking the CPA exam. You can sign up for my free guide here.

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