Before applying for a CPA licensethrough NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s licensure requirements below.
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 current contact information and check the status of your license application.
Please allow up to six weeks from your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed and sent for board approval
The Colorado Board of Accountancy requires that all licensure eligible applications be reviewed and subsequently approved at their monthly board meeting. Please refer to the Board of Accountancy’s website for board meeting schedule and agenda. NOTE: Licensure eligible applications are sent three weeks prior to the board meeting date.
General Education Requirement
Specific Accounting Course Requirement
Specific Business Course Requirement
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.
Professional Education Papers, Examinations and/or Membership in a Professional Association are not acceptable as coursework.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE CHANGED TO THE 150 HOUR REQUIREMENT PLUS THE ONE-YEAR OF WORK EXPERIENCE ON 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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