Kansas CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Kansas…

How to become a CPA in Kansas?

Kansas CPA examination and licensing eligibility requirements differ from those of other states, so it’s crucial to get acquainted with local policies before applying. This page contains all the information you need to become a CPA in Kansas.

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Overview of Kansas Requirements


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Years of Experience


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Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Kansas CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements: Kansas CPA Exam applicants must complete at least 150 credit hours or the equivalent in quarter hours, including 42 hours in business courses, 11 hours in communications, and 30 hours in accounting theory and practice covering the following topics:

  • Financial accounting and reporting for business organizations
  • Managerial accounting
  • Auditing concentrated on the U.S. standards 
  • U.S. income taxation 
  • Accounting computer systems above an introductory level.

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate with a concentration in Accounting.

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: To become a CPA in Kansas, must one possess a Bachhalaureate in Accounting with 150 credit hours, including 30 hours in accounting theory, 42 hours in business-related subjects, and 11 hours in communication required to sit for the exam. 

Experience Requirements: Kansas CPAs must obtain at least one year of full-time accounting practice experience or equivalent, providing services involving management advisory, tax, consulting, compilation, attest, or financial advisory skills. 

Ethics Exam: Yes – an AICPA Ethics Exam with a score of at least 90% if required. 

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: Kansas CPA applicants must meet one of the following residency requirements:

  1. Permanently live in Kansas. 
  2. Own a business in Kansas as a public accountant. 
  3. Be employed by a Kansas accounting firm full-time. 
  4. Be on military assignment in the state. 

More Requirements: None.

Kansas Board of Accountancy

Landon State Office Building, 900 SW 

Jackson Street, Suite 556, Topeka, Kansas 66612

Phone: 785-296-2162, Fax: 785-291-3501, Email: [email protected]

Kansas CPA licenses must be renewed on a biennial basis. The Kansas Board of Accountancy accepts online renewal applications from June 1 to July 31. After that date, applicants must submit a paper application to the KSBOA office.

Kansas CPAs must complete 80 hours of CPE to renew their licenses, including two hours of ethics study directly related to the practice of public accountancy.

To learn more, visit the Kansas Society of CPAs or the Kansas Board of Accountancy website. 

Kansas CPA Exam requirements, news, and FAQ can be accessed through the Kansas Board of Accountancy website

Note: Read about Kansas CPA and general accountancy laws and regulations here.

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