Florida CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Florida…

How to become a CPA in Florida?

To sit for a CPA Exam, one must meet the eligibility requirements. If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide on CPA examination and licensing education, experience, and legal requirements in Florida state, this page is for you.

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Overview of Florida Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Year of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Florida CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements: at least 120 credit hours or 160 quarter hours, including 24 upper-division accounting courses covering taxation and auditing and 24 hours of upper-division business-related courses, out of which three hours must be in business law. 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate.

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: at least 150 credit hours or 225 quarter hours, including 30 semester hours of upper-division accounting study covering taxation, auditing, and managerial accounting and 36 semester hours of upper-division business courses, including three hours covering U.S. business law. 

Experience Requirements: one must receive at least one year of accounting practice experience to obtain the CPA license. The experience must be verified by an active CPA. 

Ethics Exam: No

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: U.S. citizenship or Florida state residency is not mandatory

More Requirements: None.

Florida Board of Accountancy

240 NW 76th Drive, Suite A

Gainesville, FL 32607

Phone: (850) 487-1395 

Fax: (352) 333-2508

Initial application fee: $170

Registration fee: $75

Re-examination fees: All re-examination applicants must pay the application and registration fees along with Board fees for the sections they retake. 

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Total: $1,197.60

All fees are non-refundable.

Florida CPA licenses must be renewed every two years. The licenses expire on June 30. Initial licenses must be renewed on the third June 30 after the issue date.

Florida CPAs must complete at least 80 CPE hours with at least eight hours in accounting and four hours in Florida accounting ethics. No more than 20 hours can be spent studying behavior subjects.

Learn more by visiting the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants website or contacting the Florida Board of Accountancy. 

A detailed guide for becoming a CPA in Florida can be found on the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants page

Note: For a better understanding of Florida CPA examination and licensing laws, see Florida Statutes, Chapter 473, Public Accountancy. Chapter 6 – Certified Publiuc Accountants.

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