How to Become a CPA in Colorado

Universal CPA Review offers all of the CPA licensing requirements for each state. See the below resources for a comprehensive understanding of Colorado’s state CPA requirements. We have broken out the education, residency and age, license 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, including 33 semester hours in accounting classes, and 27 semester hours in business at an undergraduate or graduate level.

Degree Requirement: Baccalaureate degree

You will be able to sit for the exam if you meet any of the following:

  • You are enrolled in a program where you receive a bachelor’s degree upon completion of a combined degree program (Dual Degree).
  • Your program requires 150 semester hours for graduation.
  • Your program does not offer a bachelor’s degree but instead confers a master’s or higher degree.

Candidates Must Obtain: 27 semester hours in upper-division accounting classes. 6 semester hours must be in auditing of which 3 hours must cover Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). 3 separate hours of accounting ethics is also required and 21 semester hours in general business.

Residency and Age Requirement:

Age: N/A

Citizen Requirement: No (U.S. Citizenship not 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 (1,800 hours) for one or more employers as an employee of a CPA

Audit Related Requirements: In order to sign audit reports, valid experience will need to include 500 hours of attestation services.

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam within 90 days of fulfilling work experience requirement.


Initial Application: $150

Re-exam Fee: $50

AUD fee: $208.40

BEC fee: $208.40

FAR fee: $208.40

REG fee: $208.40


State Board Contacts

Colorado State Board of Accountancy
1560 Broadway-Suite 1340
Denver, CO 80202


Phone: 303-894-7800

Fax: 303-894-7692

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