Tennessee CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Tennessee…

How to become a CPA in Tennessee?

The CPA Exam may be tough, but meeting the eligibility criteria is no less challenging than passing the examination. Each state has different rules and regulations for the CPA examination and licensing. On this page, you’ll find all the necessary information on Tennessee’s CPA policies.

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Overview of Tennessee Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Hours of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Tennessee CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements: Tennessee CPA Exam applicants don’t need to meet the 150-credit requirement, but they must have a Bacchalaureate or higher degree with a minimum of 18 semester hours in upper-division accounting courses. 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate or higher.

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: Tennessee CPA license candidates must meet the 150-credit educational requirement, including at least 30 hours in accounting courses (24 hours in upper-division courses) and 24 hours in business courses. 

Experience Requirements: Candidates must earn at least 2,000 hours of professional experience in government, public, industry, or academia accounting practice within ten years preceding the application date. 

Ethics Exam: Yes – applicants must sit for the AICPA Ethics Exam. A Score of 90% or higher is required. 

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: Tennessee does not have a citizenship or residency requirement for CPA licensing. 

More Requirements: None.

Tennessee State Board of Accountancy 

[email protected]


Department of Commerce and Insurance

500 James Robertson Pkwy

Nashville, TN 37243-0565

(615) 741-2241

Tennessee CPA licenses must be renewed on a biennial basis by the end of the calendar year.

Tennessee CPAs must complete 80 hours of CPE over a two-year rolling period, with at least 20 hours each year. Out of 80 CPE hours, 40 hours must be in technical fields of study, including at least 20 hours in Accounting and Auditing, and two hours must be in accounting-specific ethics.

Please see the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy or Tennessee Society of CPAs page for more information. 

You can find a comprehensive guide on the state’s CPA examination and licensing requirements and process here

Note: Please read the state’s public accountancy rules and regulations here.

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