Wisconsin CPA Exam Requirements


Education Requirements

150 Semester Hours Required to Sit for the Exam? No
Minimum Degree Required: Baccalaureate

Additional Educational Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree with at least 24 hours in accounting and at least 24 hours in business courses or
  • Graduate degree with concentration in acctg or graduate degree from a business school with 24 hours in acctg at the undergrad level or 15 hours at the grad level
  • Educational requirements must be met within 60 days of taking the exam


Need 150 hours to be granted license but do not need 150 to sit for exam.

Residency Requirements

U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Applicant must be a resident, employee, OR have office in the state? No

Age Requirements

Age Minimum: 18

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Wisconsin CPA Exam Requirements exam fees

Initial Application Fee: $267
Audit: $193.45
Financial: $193.45
Regulation: $193.45
Business: $193.45
Total: $1,040.80

Special Fees: Application fee and re-exam registration fee vary based on number of parts

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Wisconsin CPA Exam Requirements state board contacts

Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
P.O.Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Web: dsps.wi.gov/Home
Phone: 608-266-2112
Fax: 608-261-7083

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Wisconsin CPA Exam Requirements Application Process

  • Review exam requirements

    To sit for the CPA examination as a first-time four-part candidate in Wisconsin, follow these steps: You will need 150 hours of college credit and one of the following:

    A graduate degree with a concentration in Accounting awarded by an accredited institution recognized by the State Board, or

    A graduate degree from an accredited business school or college of business, with at least 24 hours in accounting above the introductory level including financial accounting, auditing, taxation and managerial accounting, or 15 graduate hours, or an equivalent combination of the above

    A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited business school or college of business, with at least 24 hours in Accounting, with courses covering financial accounting, auditing, taxation and managerial accounting above the introductory level, and 24 hours in other business courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, other than accounting, of which no more than 12 hours can be in any one subject, or

    A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution with the equivalent of a concentration in Accounting as described in #3 above.

  • Submit your exam application, enroll in Becker
    If you meet the educational requirements, submit your application to the CPA Examination Services Wisconsin Coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee. The exam fees could total $1,040.80; however the total fee paid depends on the number of sections and the specific combination of sections taken. Allow up to two weeks after receipt of application, fees and transcripts for processing. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the exam 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. Your name on the application should exactly match your name on your primary form of identification, which is usually your driver's license. At this time you should also begin planning your study approach by making inquiries into CPA reviews available in your area. The Becker CPA Review offers classes live, online or self-study to accommodate the needs of all candidates.
  • Request and forward your transcripts
    Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not expect any problems in processing your application it is best to make plans to start your review at this time. The Becker CPA Review will significantly increase your chances of passing the exam.
  • Pay your exam fees
    After receiving the required information, CPA Examination Services will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.
  • Schedule your exam
    Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable. Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at www.prometric.com/cpa. You can take the exam at a site in Brookfield, Madison, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.