Louisiana CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Louisiana…

How to become a CPA in Louisiana?

Studying accounting theory is crucial for passing the CPA Exam, but so is learning about the eligibility requirements. Each state imposes strict eligibility criteria for applicants. If you want to become a CPA in Louisiana, read this page to determine whether you fit the requirements.

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Overview of Louisiana Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Hours of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Louisiana CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements: Starting in 2016, applicants for Louisiana’s CPA Exam don’t have to meet the 150-credit hour educational requirement under Act 553. However, they must complete at least 120 credit hours, including 24 hours in accounting and 24 hours in business-related subject study. Applicants must meet the 150-credit hour requirement over the course of five years from the moment of examination to obtain a license. 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate or higher degree in any major. 

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: Louisiana CPA license applicants must complete 150 credit hours or the equivalent in quarter hours, including 24 hours in business subjects and 24 hours in graduate or undergraduate-level accounting courses covering the following topics:

  • Cost/Managerial Accounting – three hours 
  • Taxation – three hours 
  • Auditing – three hours 
  • Intermediate Accounting – six hours at the undergraduate level or three hours at the graduate level 
  • Required Accounting Electives – three semester hours in Advanced Financial Accounting, Not For Profit Accounting, or Accounting Theory.

Experience Requirements: To become a CPA in Louisiana, one must obtain a 2,000-hour  full-time work experience over the course of no less than 12 months under a licensed CPA’s supervision. The experience must involve the use of management advisory, tax, consulting, attest, or accounting skills. 

Ethics Exam: No

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: Applicants must have maintained continuous physical residence of at least 120 days within a one-year period preceding the application date to become a CPA in Louisiana. 

More Requirements: None.

State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana

601 Poydras Street, Suite 1770

New Orleans, LA 70130

Office hours:   8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – CST

Phone:  (504) 566-1244

Fax:   (504) 566-1252

email: [email protected]

Initial application fee: $160

Registration fee: $80

Re-examination fees: all re-examination applicants must pay the $80 registration fee and Board fees for every exam section retaken. 

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Total: $1,192.60

All fees are non-refundable.

Louisiana CPA licenses must be renewed on a biennial basis.

Louisiana CPAs must complete 80 CPE hours over a two-year rolling period, with 40 hours every year.

To learn more, visit the website of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants or the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana

A brief guide to becoming a CPA in Louisiana can be found on Louisiana’s Society of Certified Public Accountants website or the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana website.  

Note: For an in-depth understanding of Louisiana’s CPA policies, read Louisiana Accountancy Act 2016.

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