Wisconsin CPA Exam & License Requirements

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A recent law change has reduced the Wisconsin CPA Exam education requirement from 150 credit hours to 120 credit hours. This means that you will still need 150 credit hours to get your WI CPA license, however you may sit for the exam after earning 120 credit hours. The work experience requirement is very standard and can be met by working for 1 year in public or non-public accounting.
To be eligible to sit for the CPA exam students must first fulfill these qualifications and requirements:
  1. Minimum age: 18
  2. U.S. Residency NOT Required
  3. State Residency NOT required

Education Requirements

Candidates should fulfill 120 credit hours and ONE of the following:
(1) Graduate degree in accounting
(2) Graduate degree in business:
  • Accounting courses:
    • 24 semester hours in undergraduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; OR
    • 15 semester hours in graduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; OR
    • Equivalent combination
(3) Undergraduate degree in accounting or business:
  • 24 semester (credit) hours in undergraduate financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting
  • 24 semester hours in business courses

*Non-US candidates must take courses in both Income Taxation and Business Law from a four-year U.S. institution.

WI CPA License Requirements

  • 150 credit hours
Work Experience
  • 1 year of accounting experience either public or non-public
  • Must gain experience AFTER graduation
  • Part-time employment can be counted towards requirement
Ethics Exam

Wisconsin CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Wisconsin is $743 plus the initial $247 application fee. The re-examination registration fees vary depending on the number of sections.
**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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Ethics Exam
  4. Fill out and submit all required CPA license application paperwork
  5. Pay the CPA license application fee

WI Exam Information and Resources

For more details, please contact:

Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
P.O.Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Email: [email protected][email protected]
Phone: 608-266-2112
Fax: 608-267-381

What’s Next?

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  • Priya
    Posted at 23 August, 2018 02:04 AM Reply

    Hi, I am an international student and passed the CPA exam in 2016 through the State Board of Penn. However, i have not been able to apply for a license as Penn requires SSN for licensing. I was exploring NASBA's option of experience verification, which is accepted by WI. However, i dont think i meet the 24 hour semester requirements in accounting, taxation etc? What would you suggest is the best way to get the accounting credits? Non-US candidates must take courses in both Income Taxation and Business Law from a four-year U.S. institution- is this required for international students? Thank you for your help.

    • Bryce Welker, CPA
      Posted at 2 November, 2018 15:57 PM Reply

      Hi Priya, the best thing you can do is to call the Wisconsin state board of Accountancy and ask them directly where you stand and what you need to do to meet their requirements. This is the only sure way to know the next steps in your CPA journey. Cheers, Bryce

    • Vanessa Hans
      Posted at 11 August, 2016 14:32 PM Reply

      Hello, does anyone know if the experience requirement for the WI CPA license must be met in the state of WI or can it be from any state?

      • Jane Damilek
        Posted at 30 June, 2016 10:10 AM Reply

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        • Lauren
          Posted at 5 February, 2016 17:45 PM Reply

          You can now sit for the exam with 120 credits (but can't receive your CPA until you have 150).

          • BWelk
            Posted at 9 February, 2016 18:09 PM Reply

            Thanks for the info Lauren! Just updated the page :)

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