Although the CPA Exam is uniform, each state’s eligibility requirements vary. To sit for the CPA Exam in Iowa, you must meet certain educational and legal criteria. This page contains all the information you need about Iowa’s CPA examination and licensing policies.
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Credit Requirements: Iowa CPA Exam applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
Minimum degree: Baccalaureate in Accounting or Business.
Additional Requirements: None.
Educational Requirement: At least 150 credit hours are required to obtain Iowa’s CPA license, including at least 24 hours in accounting subject study and 24 hours in business-related fields.
Experience Requirements: To obtain an Iowa CPA license, one must obtain at least 2,000 hours or the equivalent of experience providing compilation, management advisory, attest, or consulting services in government, academia, industry, or public practice verified by a licensed CPA.
Ethics Exam: Yes – Iowa CPA license applicants must pass the professional ethics exam by AICPA with at least a 90% success score.
Social Security Requirements: Yes
Participates in International Exam Program: Yes
Minimum Age: 18 years.
Citizenship: One does not have to be an Iowa permanent resident or U.S. citizen to obtain the CPA license.
More Requirements: None.
200 East Grand Avenue, Suite 350
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 725-9022 x.2
Re-examination fees: an application, registration, and Board fee for any retaken exam sections are required from all re-examination applicants.
All fees are non-refundable unless the refund is requested due to special circumstances.
Iowa CPA licensees must renew their permit to practice every three years on June 30.
To learn more about Iowa’s CPA policy, visit the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants or the Iowa Board of Accountancy page.
A comprehensive guide on Iowa’s CPA examination and licensing requirements can be found in IACPA’s brochure.
Note: Read Chapter 542, Public Accountants of Iowa Statutes for a better understanding of the state’s CPA licensing policies.