Alabama CPA requirements

Alabama CPA license requirements

This page serves as a resource for your state's CPA licensure requirements and is current as of December 2019. Always consult with your state or jurisdiction's board of accountancy for the most current information.

Degree requirement
bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university

Education requirements
150 semester semester (225 quarter) hours including:

  • 33 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) in upper-level accounting courses
  • 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in business courses other than accounting in the following:
    • economics
    • legal and social environment of business
    • business law
    • marketing
    • finance
    • organization, group and individual behavior
    • quantitative applications in business
    • communication skills
    • business ethics

Ethics exam requirement

Candidates who have successfully passed the examination will be required to complete the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant's continuing professional educational course “Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course.”

Experience requirement

One year of full-time employment by a public accounting firm as a staff accountant and supervised by a practicing CPA or PA holding a valid permit to practice; or two years of full-time employment properly supervised and has sufficient quality and depth in the accounting field in industry, business, government or college teaching, or any combination of the above

CPA license renewal period
October 1 to September 31

CPE requirements
40 hours of acceptable continuing professional education each fiscal year ending September 30.  For specific CPE details and requirements, please refer to the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy Code on continuing professional education.


Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy

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