Wisconsin 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 including:

24 hours in accounting covering financial accounting, cost or managerial accounting, taxation, auditing and accounting information system
courses must be beyond the introductory level

24 hours in business and economics courses other than accounting

Minimum experience requirement
One year of public accounting experience or its equivalent as determined by the board. Experience may consist of providing any type of services or advice using accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or related consulting skills.

Ethics exam
Must successfully pass an open book professional ethics examination on statutes and rules governing the practice of public accounting in Wisconsin. The passing grade on the professional ethics examination is 80.

Two-year reporting periods.

80 hours of CPE required per two-year reporting period.

At least 20 CPE credits completed during each 12-month period of each compliance period.

Three CPE hours in ethics.

Requirements reduced by one-half for a compliance period during which a CPA is initially licensed during the first year of such compliance period, and do not apply to a compliance period during which a CPA is initially licensed during the second year of such compliance period.

Maximum of 40 carryover hours per year.


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