Before applying for a CPA license through NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s licensure requirements below.
NASBA Licensing offers pre-evaluations as an optional service. A pre-evaluation will identify any academic deficiencies in your education before you submit a first-time application for the licensing. To begin a pre-evaluation application, click here.
To apply for a CPA license, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our licensing online application tool. Registering for a user account will allow you to obtain the required documents to submit with your licensure application, apply for the license, maintain your current information and check the status of your license application.
Please allow up to two weeks from your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed. Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be sent to you via email, unless otherwise indicated. This notice is sent only as acknowledgment of receipt of application.
NOTICE: The educational requirements for licensure will be changing July 1, 2015. Please refer to Rule 2.5 of the Colorado State Board Accountancy Rules and Regulations for details.
Educational requirements to apply for a CPA license in Colorado vary depending on the Rule used to apply for licensure (Education with Experience –Rule 2.6 and Rule 4.1 – 4.5) or Education in Lieu of Experience – Rule 2.7).
Education with Experience (Rule 2.6 and Rule 4.1 – 4.5) – These Specific Education Requirements Expire on June 30, 2015. Please see Rule 2.4.
Education Only (Rule 2.7) – This Rule Expires on June 30, 2015
Applicants who obtained their education outside the United States must:
Please Note: Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for a Colorado CPA license.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE ARE CHANGING TO THE 150 HOUR REQUIREMENT PLUS THE ONE-YEAR OF WORK EXPERIENCE ON AND AFTER JULY 1, 2015.
There are two general requirements to apply for a CPA license in Colorado. You must have passed both the:
The experience requirements necessary to qualify for a CPA license in Colorado are listed below.
One (1) year of experience in ONE area (Public Accounting, Industry, Government or Academia):
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To apply for a license in Colorado one must satisfy the following:
The Board may issue a Certificate to an individual holding an active certificate or designation from an organization that has entered into a MRA with the IQAB, provided the applicant has:
Note: Individuals who qualify under this rule may have their experience verified by an individual who holds an active certificate and/or designation from an approved IQAB country.
NON-MRA APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE SAME REQUIREMENTS AS INITIAL APPLICANTS.
To apply for a firm license in Colorado, a firm must submit the following to the Colorado state board:
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