Washington CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Washington…

How to become a CPA in Washington?

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Overview of Washington Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Hours of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Washington CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements: Exam applicants must have earned 150 semester hours of credit, including 24 semester hours in business subjects and 24 semester hours in accounting subjects. 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate or higher with a concentration in Accounting. 

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: Candidates must have a Baccalaureate or higher degree with 150 credits, including 24 credits in accounting and 24 credits in business courses. 

Experience Requirements: Candidates must obtain a minimum of 2,000 of accounting experience over a period of at least 12 months providing management advisory, financial advisory, tax preparation, tax advisory, or consulting services within eight years preceding the application date. Work experience must be verified by a current CPA, but there is no requirement for direct supervision. 

Ethics Exam: Yes – a score of 90% or above at the AICPA Ethics Exam is required. 

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: There is no residency or citizenship requirement. 

More Requirements: None.

Washington Board of Accountancy 

711 Capitol Way S, Suite 400

Olympia, WA 98501

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (360) 753-2586

Initial application fee: $170

Registration fee: $90

Re-examination fees: re-examination applicants must pay the Board fee for each exam section retaken and the registration fee. 

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Total: $1,212.60

All fees are non-refundable.

Washington CPAs must renew their licenses every three years between January 1 and April 30. The renewal fee is $230.

Washington licensees must complete 120 CPE hours within three years to renew their permit to practice. A minimum of 20 CPE hours must be completed every year. Non-technical subjects may account for no more than 60 hours and nano learning for no more than 12 hours. CPE hours must be reported by December 31.

Please visit the Washington Board of Accountancy or the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants website for more information. 

A comprehensive guide on obtaining and maintaining an individual CPA license in Washington is here

Note: Please see the Laws and Rules page for a better understanding of Washington’s public accountancy policies and regulations.

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