Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination

Before applying for the Uniform CPA Examination through CPA Examination Services (CPAES), please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s educational requirements to determine if you are eligible to apply as a first-time candidate. You are also advised to read The Candidate Bulletin before submitting applications online. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.


NASBA Advisory Evaluation

Wisconsin offers the NASBA Advisory Evaluation as an optional service. An Advisory Evaluation will identify any academic deficiencies in your education before you submit a first-time application for the Exam. Please visit CPA Central for more information about submitting an Advisory Evaluation in this jurisdiction. You must create a CPA Central user account to begin the Advisory Evaluation process.

You may register online via credit card. To apply for the CPA Examination online, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our online application tool. If you’ve previously applied for the CPA Examination outside of our online application tool (via paper application or other method), you will need to import your previous application information. To do this, you will need to know the jurisdiction in which you sat for the examination as a first-time candidate, and your Jurisdiction ID Number. If you need your Jurisdiction ID number, click here. Registering for a user account will allow you to apply for the exam, maintain your current information, view your scores, check your application status and reprint your Notice(s) To Schedule.

Send any additional required information or documents to:

CPA Examination Services – WI
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219

Eligibility Requirements

Education Requirement for Examination

Applicants are eligible to take the Exam after they complete the education requirements according to Wis. Stats. § 442.04(5)(b)4 which states, “A person is not eligible to take the examination under this subdivision unless the person has completed at least 120 semester hours of education at an institution that include course work in accounting and business subjects, as determined by the examining board.” The required accounting and business subjects are detailed in Wisconsin Administrative Code Accy 2.303 and Accy 2.202. These codes were amended by 2017 Wisconsin Act 88, and became effective on December 2, 2017.


If you have completed education in the U.S.:

  • Credit for courses completed at institutions located outside the U.S. must be transferred to an accredited bachelor degree-granting institution inside the U.S. in order for those credits to be accepted toward the education requirement under Accy2.202(2)(a)-(e) or Accy 2.202(3)(a)-(b).
  • You must submit an official transcript from each school you attended.
  • Official transcripts are those that have been issued by the institution’s Registrar’s Office and include the Registrar’s official seal.
  • The degree you have earned must be posted on your official transcript.
  • Transcripts may be submitted electronically provided they are official. Some schools do not offer this service. Contact your Registrar’s office for additional information. If an email address is required for electronic delivery, use Electronically delivered transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
  • Photocopies of transcripts are not official and cannot be accepted.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied when you submit your transcripts, your education documents will be kept on file for one year. After that time, the documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents when you apply.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

Course Requirements

  • Credits must be earned at an institution that offers a bachelor’s degree and which is accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • CPA review courses are not acceptable.
  • Upper division courses means courses usually taken at the junior or senior undergraduate level.
  • All courses must qualify for college-level credit at an accredited institution which offers a bachelor’s degree. Credits from junior and community colleges must be transferred to an accredited institution which offers a bachelor’s degree in order to be accepted toward the education requirements. An official transcript from each institution must be submitted.
  • Correspondence, CLEP credit, pass/fail grades and online courses are acceptable when you receive credit for the courses at a regionally accredited college or university. These courses must appear on an official transcript.


There is not a residency requirement for the state of Wisconsin.

Materials to be Submitted

  1. An official transcript from each school listed on your application. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school to CPA Examination Services.
  2. Testing Accommodations Request Form, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.

Please allow two to four 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.

If you have previously applied and sat but were currently enrolled in college at the time of application (Certificate of Enrollment form), you are NOT automatically considered a re-examination candidate.

Applicants with Disabilities

In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, examination administration accommodations are available, should you qualify. Please download the Testing Accommodations Request Form for more information.


First-Time Application

All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application (Once you have been found eligible, your candidate status will change to Re-examination Applicant.)

4 examination sections – $1233.60
3 examination sections – $970.45
2 examination sections – $707.30
1 examination section – $444.15

Re-Exam Application

All re-examination applicants are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of re-exam registration.

4 examination sections – $1150.60
3 examination sections – $887.45
2 examination sections – $624.30
1 examination section – $361.15

Examination Fees

When applying you may select one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months (The exam section fees are included in the fees above).

Refund Policy

There is no provision for withdrawing from the examination and/or requesting an extension of your current Notices to Schedule (NTS). Application and/or examination fees are not refundable. If you have an extreme circumstance, you may request an NTS extension or a partial refund of your examination fees under specific circumstances utilizing the Exception to Policy Form.

Exam Credit

You may take the required test sections individually and in any order, but are required to pass all four sections of the examination within a rolling 18 month period, which begins on the date the first examination section passed was taken.

Credit for any section passed shall be valid for 18 months from the actual date the examination sections were taken. Examination credit expires by section. You will lose credit for each section passed outside the 18 month period, and will have to retake those sections.

Online Scores/Candidate Letters

When getting your scores, be advised that scores are advisory in nature until ratified by the Board; therefore, you must refrain from contacting the Board regarding your licensing status until after you have received your Successful Candidate Letter. Successful Candidate Letters are not printed until the end of the score release.



Candidate Bulletin
Score Information
Score Reprint
NASBA Candidate Identification Cards
Wisconsin State Board


Exception to Policy
Transferring into Wisconsin (FT only)
Information Change Request Form
Testing Accommodations Request Form


800-CPA-EXAM (800-272-3926)
International: (615) 880-4250

Email Inquiries:

Mail Inquiries:
Wisconsin Coordinator
CPA Examination Services
PO Box 198469
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-8469