The eligibility requirements for the CPA examination and licensing in Maine might differ from those in other states. If you want to become a CPA in Maine, read this guide to find out what educational, experience, and legal criteria you must meet to apply.
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Credit Requirements: Maine CPA Exam applicants must have 120 credit hours, including a minimum of 15 semester hours in one or more subjects listed below:
Minimum degree: Baccalaureate or higher.
Additional Requirements: None.
Educational Requirement: Maine CPA license applicants must meet the 150-credit hour educational requirement, including a minimum of 15 hours in accounting-related subjects.
Experience Requirements: Maine CPA candidates must obtain at least two years of practical accounting experience under a licensed CPA’s supervision. The supervisor can be licensed in any U.S. state. The professional experience must include the use of auditing and accounting skills and one of the following:
Ethics Exam: No
Social Security Requirements: Yes
Participates in International Exam Program: Yes
Minimum Age: 18 years.
Citizenship: There is no residency requirement to obtain a Maine CPA license.
More Requirements: None.
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
phone: (207) 624-8672
TTY users call Maine Relay 711
Initial application fee: $170
Registration fee: $85
Re-examination fees: to retake the exam, one must pay the registration fee and Board examination fee.
All fees are non-refundable.
Maine CPA licenses expire annually on September 30.
Maine CPAs must provide proof of completing 40 CPE hours every year to renew their permit of practice. There is no ethics study requirement for CPE.
For more information on becoming a CPA in Maine, visit the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants website.
A brief guide on the Maine CPA examination and licensing criteria can be found here.
Note: Read Chapter 113: Practice of Public Accountancy of Maine Statutes for more information on the state’s accountancy-related policies.