Alaska CPA Exam & License Requirements

CPA Study Materials Updated: August 1, 2020 You’re our #1 priority.
100% of the time.

We believe everybody should be able to make online purchases with confidence. And while our website doesn’t feature every test prep company or review course in the universe, we’re proud that the advice we offer and the information we provide is accurate, truthful, objective - and entirely free.

So how do we actually make money? It’s simple, our partners compensate us. While this may influence which products we review and write about, and where they show up on the site, it absolutely does not influence our recommendations or guidance, which are formed by hundreds of hours of research and analysis. Check out our partners here.

What’s the bottom line? We’re on your team and are passionate about helping you achieve your career goals, even if it means we don’t make a dime.
In Alaska, CPA candidates may sit for the exam before they graduate as long as they are within 18 semester hours of graduation. They also allow non-accounting majors to take the CPA exam as long as they have one year of experience in a public accounting firm. Overall Alaska has some of the most flexible CPA license requirements.
  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher
  2. US citizenship NOT required
  3. State residency NOT required
  4. No age requirement

Education Requirements

  1. All first-time applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements:

    1. Degree and Accounting concentration which includes:
    • a completed bachelor’s degree
    • 24 semester hours in Accounting
    • 3 semester hours in Business Law
    • 3 semester hours in Economics
    • 3 semester hours in college level math, statistics and/or computer science
    1. Degree and Accounting concentration which includes:
    •  Bachelor’s degree
    • 15 semester hours in Accounting
    1. Degree In-Progress and Accounting concentration which includes:
    • Applicant is within 18 semester hours of completing a bachelor’s degree
    • 15 semester hours in Accounting.
    1. Degree and no Accounting concentration which includes:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Less than 15 semester hours in Accounting
    • One year of public accounting experience under the direct supervision of a Certified Public Accountant

Alaska Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Alaska is $743 plus the initial $150 application fee for a total of $893.  All re-examination candidates are required to pay a registration fee between $65-$110 in addition to their exam fees depending on how many sections they are registering for.

AK CPA License Requirements

  1. In addition to the above requirements, there are a few more in order to obtain a CPA license:
    • Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75 or higher
    • Pass the CPA ethics exam administered by the AICPA
    • Pay the $390 certification fee + $300 license application fee
    • Submit all required paperwork

    For more information, please visit:

What’s Next?

Now that you have started the CPA exam application process, your next step is to find the right CPA review course that best fits your budget, learning style and schedule.
It can take several weeks for your application to be processed so don’t waste that valuable time waiting to hear back from your state board.  If you start studying now you will get a nice jump start on the material and will be better prepared to pass your first CPA exam!
Becker CPA Review
  • Endorsed by the Big 4
  • Adapt 2U A.I. Technology
  • Gameified Learning Options


Surgent CPA Review
  • Pass 80% Faster. Exam ready in 58 hours!
  • Adaptive Learning Technology
  • Top New Product by Accounting Today
Gleim CPA Review
  • Most Detailed Content
  • Physical & Digital Material
  • 1,300+ TBS
  • Stubbs
    Posted at 3 January, 2019 14:51 PM Reply

    Hello, I am looking at the possibility of taking the CPA exam in Alaska. However, I have completed my Bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of the West Indies. My question is do you allow students with the Bachelor's degree to sit the exam?

    • Bryce Welker, CPA
      Posted at 15 January, 2019 08:52 AM Reply

      Yes Alaska allow's student's with a bachelors degree to sit for the exam, however to get your CPA license you will need to complete the 150 hour requirement. For more details check out this page: Cheers, Bryce

    • Shivani
      Posted at 12 December, 2018 18:26 PM Reply

      Hi I am Shivani from India. I got my credits checked and I am eligible for CPA Alaska. I wanted to confirm what is the registration fee (initial fee) as of today. Regards, Shivani

      • Bryce Welker, CPA
        Posted at 15 January, 2019 08:54 AM Reply

        Alaska charges a CPA exam application fee of $175, see here for more details about AK CPA exam fees: Cheers, Bryce

      • Petros Salman
        Posted at 31 July, 2017 04:58 AM Reply

        Hi, I'm from Jordan with 13 hours of accounting hours since i majored in finance with 4 months of experience in Ernst & Young. Is it possible for me to apply and take all 4 exams? or do i require more hours in accounting or more experience? Thank you

        • frank
          Posted at 16 August, 2014 23:34 PM Reply

          Hi, I am from Canada and I am interested in doing a CPA and just wanted to know if Alaska would accept working under a Chartered Accountant (CA) instead of a CPA. Thanks

          • BWelk
            Posted at 18 August, 2014 10:51 AM Reply

            Frank,You will need to work under a CPA not a CA.-Bryce

          • hai
            Posted at 31 October, 2013 18:07 PM Reply

            Thank you so much for so much helpful information. I'm doing careful research on my possibility of taking the CPA test. I think Alaska seems to be a good choice as I studied university in japan (4 years degree) with 12 credits on accounting (I am not sure my count will be accepted though). So I just have to take a 3 credit course.what should i do to get the rest of 3 credit hour on accounting to be able to take the test? Take an online accounting course? Any qualified one that u can recommend? I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much.

            • Bryce
              Posted at 1 November, 2013 10:22 AM Reply

              Hello Hai, Great question!Roger CPA Review just came out with a new program that gives you college credit for studying for the CPA exam! Check out this link for more information:

            Leave a Reply

            Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *