How to Become a CPA in Alabama

Universal CPA Review offers all of the CPA licensing requirements for each state. See the below resources for a comprehensive understanding of Alabama’s state CPA requirements. We have broken out the education, residency, and age requirements as well as provide information on exam fees and contact information for each respective state.

Education Requirements:

Education to sit for CPA Exam: 150 semester hours (120 semester hours (180 quarter) which include a Baccalaureate degree in accounting or AACSB – accredited Graduate Degree).

Degree Requirement: Baccalaureate degree with concentration in Accounting or AACSB-accredited Graduate Degree

Candidates Must Obtain: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level which includes: 9 hours in financial accounting, 3 hours in auditing, 6 hours in taxation, 3 hours in managerial accounting, 3 hours in governmental and not-for-profit accounting.

Candidates must also have 3 hours in business law concentration primarily on the Uniform Commercial Code. Additional 24 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) should include upper division business (e.g. economics, legal and social environment business, marketing, and finance).

Residency and Age Requirement:

Age: 19

Citizen Requirement: Yes (U.S. Citizenship required)

Residency Requirement: No

Have a Social Security Number: Yes

License Requirement:

Pass AICPA Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam and provide 5 separate letters of recommendation.

International Program Participant: Yes

Work Experience: 1 year of public accounting or 2 years in an accounting related industry, business, government, or college teaching (or a combination of all of the above).

Ethics Exam: AICPA Professional Ethics Exam


Initial Application: $120

Re-exam Fee: $50

AUD fee: $208.40

BEC fee: $208.40

FAR fee: $208.40

REG fee: $208.40

State Board Contacts

Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
PO Box 300375
Montgomery, AL 36130-0375

Phone: 800-435-9743

Fax: 334-242-5700


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