Kansas CPA Exam & License Requirements

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Kansas requires state residency to apply for the CPA exam and earn a CPA license.  One special education requirement before you can sit for the exam is that you must earn 11 credit hours of oral and communication courses.

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

  1. Minimum age: None
  2. U.S. Residency NOT Required
  3. State Residency Required: Must be a resident, employee, OR have an office in the state
  4. Social Security Number (SSN) Required

Education Requirements

  1. Bachelor degree or above
  2. 150 semester units from an accredited university
    1. CPA review courses can be counted towards this as long as they are offered by accredited educational institution
  3. Accounting: 30 semester units
  4. General education: 42 semester units — please check Kansas Education Requirements for details
  5. Oral and communication: 11 semester units

KS CPA License Requirements

Kansas is a two-tier state, which means that you must obtain a CPA certificate before you can apply for a CPA license. Certification does not allow you to practice or hold yourself out as a CPA.

Certification
  • Passing of the AICPA ethics exam (Cost of course is $149 or $119 for AICPA members)
License – Permit to Practice
  • Must have a Kansas CPA certificate
  • Work Experience:
    • 1 year of public or non-public accounting experience verified by an active CPA licensee
    • Part-time work can count towards requirement

Kansas CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Kansas is $743 plus the initial $145 application fee.  The re-examination registration fee varies depending on the number of sections you are signing up for.

**Important Note: You should not apply and pay for exam sections that will not be taken within six months because your Notice to Schedule (NTS) in Kansas expires 6 months after issuance.

Additional CPA Requirements

  1. Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75% or higher
  2. Complete verified accounting work experience
  3. Pass the AICPA ethics exam
  4. Fill out and submit all required CPA license application paperwork
  5. Pay the CPA license application fee

KS Exam Information and Resources

Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 556
Topeka, KS 66612-1239
Email: [email protected][email protected]
Phone: 785-296-2162
Fax: 785-291-3501

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!
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