Arizona CPA Exam & License Requirements

Updated: May 23, 2023 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.

The Arizona Board requires that all applicants present satisfactory evidence that they have successfully obtained a baccalaureate degree, or a higher degree from an accredited institution or college or university that maintains standards comparable to those of an accredited institution. To be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, students must fulfill the following requirements:

Education Requirements

  • 150 hours of education are required to be granted the certificate; however, you do not need 150 hours to sit for the exam
  • As mentioned above, you must have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • You must complete 24 accounting semester hours
  • 12 hours in upper-level accounting courses and 18 semester hours of related courses are required.
  • To be granted certification, you need a minimum of 36 semester hours in accounting courses, of which at least 30 are upper level and at least 30 semester hours are related courses

Arizona Exam Fees

The cost to take the CPA exam in Arizona is $226.15 per exam section. See the Arizona State Board of Accountancy website for more info.

*Important Note: You should not apply and pay for exam sections that will not be taken within six months because Alabama’s “Notice to Schedule” expires six months after issuance.

AZ CPA License Requirements

  1. One year of experience in the office of a CPA or public accountant within government or industry.
  2. If your supervisor is not a certified CPA in Arizona, a Supervisor Verification Form needs to be sent to their licensing state, and returned to ASBA. See the FAQ link below.
  3. If your supervisor is not a licensed CPA, they must attach a resume and a job description to verify they have the education and experience to oversee a potential CPA candidate. One way of establishing competency for verifying CPAs not certified in Arizona is to provide signed and dated letters form 3 clients.

Additional CPA Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, there are a few more in order to obtain a CPA license:

  1. Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75 or higher
  2. Pass the CPA ethics exam administered by the AICPA
  3. Submit all required paperwork

For more information please visit:

  1. Arizona CPA exam FAQ
  2. Arizona State Board of Accountancy


Arizona State Board of Accountancy
100 N. 15th Avenue, Room 165
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-364-0804

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!