Minnesota CPA Exam Requirements

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Minnesota’s CPA examination and licensing requirements might differ from other states, so you should be familiar with the state-specific policies. This guide covers everything you need to know to become a CPA in Minnesota.

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Overview of Minnesota Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Year of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Minnesota CPA Exam requirement details:

Credit Requirements: To sit for Minnesota CPA Exam, one must obtain a Baccalaureate with at least 24 hours in intermediate or advanced-level accounting covering each of the following subjects:

  • Auditing 
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Taxation 
  • Management Accounting 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate.

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: Minnesota CPA license applicants must complete 150 semester hours from an accredited educational institution, including 48 hours in business-related subjects and intermediate or higher-level accounting coursework. 

Experience Requirements: Minnesota CPA candidates must obtain one year of professional experience in the accounting field verified by a licensed, active CPA. The supervisor must be licensed in the same state where the applicant has gained experience. 

Ethics Exam: Yes – Minnesota CPA candidates must sit for the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam within two years preceding the certificate application date. 

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: Applicants meet one of the following residency requirements to sit for the exam:

  1. Be a permanent Minnesota resident 
  2. Be attending a school in the state with the intent of gaining the education necessary for the CPA examination within 90 days preceding the application date 
  3. Be employed in the state with the purpose of obtaining the professional experience necessary for qualifying for CPA licensure within 90 days preceding the application date. 

More Requirements: None.

Minnesota Board of Accountancy

85 E. 7th Place, Suite 125

St. Paul, MN 55101-2143

Phone: 651-296-7938

Fax: 651-282-2644

TTY: 651-297-5353 or 800-627-3529

Email: [email protected]

Initial application fee: $170

Registration fee: $85

Re-examination fees: re-examination applicants must pay a Board fee of $238.15 for each exam section retaken and a registration fee of $85. 

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Total: $1,137.60

All fees are non-refundable.

Minnesota CPA certificates expire on December 31 of each year and must be renewed by that date.

Minnesota CPAs must complete a minimum of 120 CPE hours each three-year rolling period, including 8 hours in regulatory or behavioral ethics. At least 24 hours must be obtained from attending group or blended programs and 60 hours from technical learning activities. Not more than 60 hours can be obtained from presenting qualifying courses or seminars or authoring articles.

For more information on Minnesota CPA policies, visit the Minnesota CPA Society or the Minnesota Board of Accountancy website. 

A detailed guide on becoming a CPA in Minnesota CPA Exam is here

Note: Read Minnesota Statutes regarding licensure and regulation of accountants on the Minnesota Board of Accountancy official page.

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