Colorado CPA requirements
If you want to earn your CPA license, knowing the requirements before you start your journey can help you plan your strategy and timeline. To help you get started, we’re walking you through the Colorado CPA requirements, though it’s always a good idea to check with the Colorado Board of Accountancy for any updates or changes.
CPA requirements in Colorado
CPA candidates in Colorado are required to have 150 semester hours (225 quarter hours) of post-secondary education. Those hours must include:
- 33 semester hours (49.5 quarter hours) of accounting and 27 semester hours (40.5 quarter hours) must be above the introductory level. Of these, six hours (9 quarter hours) must be in auditing and three hours (4.5 quarter hours) must be in accounting or business ethics.
- 27 total semester hours (40.5 quarter hours) in business administration coursework. No more than nine semester hours (13.5 quarter hours) can be in any single subject area, though they can still count toward the 150 semester hour (225 quarter hour) requirement.
All CPA candidates must complete 1,800 hours of public, private or governmental accounting experience. This work must be completed within three consecutive years and under the supervision of an active CPA in good standing.
Colorado CPA requirements state that all candidates must take the AICPA Professional Ethics exam.
Colorado CPA license renewals
Colorado requires CPA license renewals every two years. CPA licenses expire every other year at midnight on the last day of the licensees’ birth month.