State & Territory Requirements


District of Columbia

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last updated 12/4/2015


Age Requirement: 18
Citizenship Requirement: No
Residency Requirement: No
Social Security Number Requirement: Yes
Education Requirement for Licensure 150 hours (BA Degree)
Participates in International Examination Program Yes
Hours in accounting: 24 semester hours in accounting and 3 hours in commercial law.
Exam sitting requirements: 150 hours (must complete education requirement before sitting for exam)
Experience requirements: 1 year in government, industry, academia or public practice.
Ethics exam: No ethics exam


Two-tiered state. When a CPA passes the exam, a certificate will be issued. However, a license/permit to practice will be issued when the experience requirement is completed.

The Es of becoming a CPA

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