Washington, DC CPA 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 a regionally accredited college or university

Minimum education requirement
150 semester hours with a concentration in accounting which must include:

  • 3 semester hours in commercial law

24 semester hours in accounting subjects

  • accounting subjects shall include courses in financial accounting, auditing, cost accounting, and federal income taxes

Minimum experience requirement
At least one year of experience is required.

One year of experience shall consist of full or part-time employment that extends over a period of no less than a year and no more than three years and includes no fewer than 2,000 hours.

Experience gained through employment in government, industry, academia or public practice shall qualify.

Experience may consist of providing any type of business services or advice using accounting, attest services, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax or consulting skills.

Every two years.

80 hours of CPE per 2 year reporting period.

A licensee seeking to renew an initial license issued for less than two years is not required to submit proof of continuing professional education for the first renewal.

Required to complete four hours of professional ethics instruction per licensing cycle as part of the continuing professional education requirement.


Education, experience, CPE, renewals

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