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Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Eligibility and application for the CPA examination

To be eligible to take the CPA exam, you must have completed:

At least 150 semester credits of college education, including:

  • A baccalaureate degree of higher
  • 24 semester credits in accounting subjects with 15 credits at the upper or graduate level
  • 24 semester credits in business administration subjects

To apply for your first Washington State CPA license as a Washington candidate, you will need to:

  1. Pass the CPA exam.
  2. Verify that you have met the good character requirements (this will be done on your application).
  3. Verify that you completed a course and an examination on materials covering all of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and have obtained a score of 90% or better on the exam
  4. Verify that your experience is qualified and complete an 'Experience Affidavit'.
  5. Verify that if it has been more than four years since you passed the CPA exam, that you have completed the following Continuing Professional Education (CPE):
    1. 120 hours within the 36 months immediately preceding the date you submit your application. This is limited to 24 CPE hours in nontechnical subject areas.
    2. Four hours in Board approved ethics and regulations applicable to the practice of public accounting in Washington State within six months immediately preceding the date you submit your application.
  6. Verify that you have reviewed an example of what your CPE reporting period will be for your first renewal
  7. Complete the license application.