Arkansas CPA Exam & License Requirements

Arkansas CPA Exam & License Requirements

In Arkansas, you must have state residency to obtain a CPA license.  This is defined by being an Arkansas resident, employee, or currently keeping an office(s) in the state. Their education requirements are more complicated than most and should be closely examined to ensure that you meet their requirements.

To be eligible to sit for the cpa exam students must first fulfill these qualifications and education requirements:

  1. No minimum age requirement
  2. US citizenship NOT required
  3. Bachelor’s degree or higher

Education Requirements

  1. Must complete 120 semester hours to sit for CPA exam. Must complete 30 additional units within 3 years of passing the CPA exam to get licensed (150 total semester hours).
  2. 30 semester units in accounting courses with a minimum grade of “C”
  3. 30 semester units in business courses
  4. Graduate degree holders have different requirements. Please visit the State Board website at the bottom of this page for details.

* 1 semester = 1.5 quarters

* semester hours = semester units

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Arkansas is $743 plus $125 – $170 in application fees depending on how many sections you sign up for.  The re-examination application fee is $75 – $120 plus the exam fees.

Arkansas Exam Fees

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)$195.35
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)$176.25
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)$195.35
Regulation (REG)$176.25
Application Fee:See Below

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

Application Fees (non-refundable and non-transferable)

First-time application fee$50
Applying for 1 section$75
Applying for 2 sections$90
Applying for 3 sections$105
Applying for 4 sections$120


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. Pay the $50 certification fee
  3. Submit all required paperwork

For more information please visit:
Arkansas CPA Application Forms

Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy


Arkansas State Board of Accountancy
101 East Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1520
Fax: 501-682-5538

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!

  • Brandon Groce
    Posted at 7 January, 2016 03:59 AM Reply

    Hey sorry I had one more quick question! Do you think Roger would be better for people fresh out of college compared to Wiley or Yaeger? I feel like Roger and Yaeger are so so similar. I have read a couple of testomonies they liked Yaeger better than Roger, but feel that Roger is more entertaining and can capture my attention better than some of the demo videos of Yaeger. Thanks again!

    • BWelk
      Posted at 15 January, 2016 04:06 AM Reply

      All 3 are good options for freshly graduated college students. Yaeger's videos are a little dryer and slower paced than Roger's and their teaching styles are way different I'd suggest checking out their free video demos to compare and see which one resonates with you the most!Cheers,Bryce

    • Brandon Groce
      Posted at 7 January, 2016 03:38 AM Reply

      Hey, My name is Brandon and I also live in Arkansas. I was curious, I am senior accounting student and was wondering if Roger CPA Review was right for me. I have had a difficult time through some of my classes like Auditing, but have done better in other classes. I think I learn the best through videos as well as study notes. Every one of my friends have said they are using Becker, but do not trust them after reading many online reviews and feel there is a better option out there. I like how Wiley never expires, and is similar to Roger. I just have a real good feeling about Roger. Also, I was going to ask about your book and ask how does it read? Also what would be your best advice on studying for the CPA while in my last semester of school. I am afraid to start the Roger course with only having 18 months, but am trying to find something to do in my free time in my last semester. (Only enrolled in three classes which is nine hours) Thanks so much!

      • BWelk
        Posted at 15 January, 2016 04:06 AM Reply

        Ya definitely start studying now if you have the time. You can always extend Roger's course access by 6 months for only $50 more!Cheers,Bryce

      • Crystal Collier
        Posted at 19 January, 2015 17:32 PM Reply

        Hey. My name is Crystal and I live in Arkansas. The Arkansas State Board of Accountancy changed their rules. You don't have to have 150 hours to sit. It just needs to be completed within three years and you have to make sure that financial accounting, auditing, tax, accounting information systems, managerial accounting, and not for profit is covered though. Check their website again.

        • BWelk
          Posted at 5 February, 2015 22:22 PM Reply

          Thanks Crystal! The information above has been updated.Cheers,Bryce

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