Alabama CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Alabama…

How to become a CPA in Alabama?

To obtain a CPA license in Alabama, you must meet certain eligibility criteria that might not
match those imposed by other states. This guide contains all the information you need about
the requirements for becoming a CPA in Alabama.

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Overview of Alabama Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Years of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Alabama CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements:

120-semester units to sit for the exam, including a Baccalaureate degree with a concentration in Accounting OR AACSB-accredited Graduate Degree

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate

Additional Requirements: 24 Semester hours of Accounting (upper division 300 level or higher undergraduate and/or graduate level)

  • 24 Semester hours of Business related courses

CPA applicants must be at least 19 years old

Educational Requirement: 150 Semester hours to obtain the license, including 33 semester hours in Accounting and 27 semesters in business

The CPA exam candidate has 36 months from passing the CPA Exam to obtain additional education requirements.

Experience Requirments: 1 year in public accounting OR 2 years in the accounting industry, business, government, or college teaching )or a combination of these industries)

Ethics Exam: No

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in Internal Exam Program: No

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship required

More Requirements: It is not required to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
PO Box 300375
Montgomery, AL 36130-0375

Phone: 800-435-9743
Fax: 334-242-5700

Initial application or Transfer of Credit: No fee

Re-examination Application: No fee

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Note that all fees are non-refundable.

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Alabama CPA licenses are renewed annually from October 1 to September 30.

Licensed CPA’s in Alabama must report 40 hours of CPE each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). At least 8 of those hours must be Accounting & Auditing (A&A) and at least 2 hours must be in ethics.

Learn more by visiting the AICPA website

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