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Age Requirement: None
Citizenship Requirement: No
Residency Requirement: No
Social Security Number Requirement: No
Education Requirement for Licensure 150 hours (including B.A.)
Participates in International Examination Program Yes
Hours in accounting: 24 semester hours of upper division or graduate level accounting courses including at least one course in each of the following subject areas to be approved to sit for the examination: financial accounting; auditing; taxation; management accounting and 24 semester hours in business related courses.
Exam sitting requirements: 120 hours (B.A. Degree)
Experience requirements: 12 months (2000 hours actual work experience) of private, governmental, academic, or public accounting work acceptable to the board.
Ethics exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.


As of July 1, 2015, Montana became a 1-tier state.

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state society

Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants

Margaret Herriges


1534 Ninth Ave

Helena, MT




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state board

Montana Board of Public Accountants


301 S Park (59601)

P.O. Box 200513

Helena, MT


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