Alaska CPA requirements

The first thing you'll want to do on the road to becoming a CPA in Alaska is to check the Alaska CPA requirements. This page serves as a resource for CPA requirements in Alaska and is current as of March 2021. Always consult with your state or jurisdiction's board of accountancy for the most current information.

Alaska CPA requirements

Getting a CPA in each state mandates different requirements for taking the CPA Exam and becoming an actively licensed CPA. Below, we've highlighted the difference in eligibility requirements for both achievements.

CPA Exam requirements

In order to be qualified to take the CPA Exam in Alaska, you must meet one of the following sets of requirements: 

  • Have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent conferred by a college or university acceptable to the Alaska Board of Accountancy. 
  • Hold an accounting concentration or the equivalent, as defined in regulations by the board.
  • Have a minimum of 15 semester credit hours or 22 quarter credit hours of accounting subjects or one year of public accounting experience under the direct supervision of a certified public accountant.

Or

  • Meet or be within 18 semester credit hours or 27 quarter credit hours of meeting undergraduate educational requirements within the Alaska Board of Accountancy CPA regulations and have completed at least 15 semester hours or 22 quarter hours of accounting subjects.

CPA license requirements

In order to earn a certified public accountant license in Alaska, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be of good moral character
  • You must pass the CPA Exam
  • You must meet educational and experience requirements, as detailed below

Educational and experience requirement for licensure

The education and experience requirements for an Alaska CPA license applicant are a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent conferred by a college or university acceptable to the Alaska Board of Accountancy. Additional semester hours or post-baccalaureate study is required so that the total educational program includes at least 150 hours, with an accounting concentration or equivalent as determined by the board to be appropriate. For experience, all applicants must have two years of accounting experience satisfactory to the board.

Ethics exam requirement

All licensed CPAs in Alaska are required to pass Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course For Licensure.

CPA license renewal period

CPA licenses are renewed in Alaska every two years. All licenses expire on December 31 of odd-numbered years regardless of when first issued.

CPE requirements

All licensed CPAs in Alaska must completed 80 hours of approved continuing education within the two-year license period. At least 20 hours of these hours must be completed within each year of that two-year period. At least 4 hours must cover ethics.

Fees

Application fee $185

Examination Fees

Auditing and Attestation (AUD) $224.99
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) $224.99
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) $224.99
Regulation (REG) $224.99

Registration Fees

4 examination sections  $90
3 examination sections $90
2 examination sections $90
1 examination section $90

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Exam, education, experience

CPE, renewals

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