Alaska CPA Requirements (Rules on Exam and Licensing)

Alaska CPA requirementsAlaska allows CPA candidates to sit for the exam before they graduate, specifically, within 18 credit hours of graduation.

They also allow non-accounting degree holders to sit for the exam (provided they have 1 year of public accounting experience), but you will need 150 credit hours and 2 years of relevant experience in order to get a license.

Alaska CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the Exam (Sec. 08.04.12)

  • Bachelor degree or above
  • Fulfill any one of the condition below:
    • Degree in Accounting: at least 15 credit hours of accounting courses;
    • Degree with concentration in Accounting: 24 credit hours of accounting, 3 hours of business law, 3 hours of economics and 3 hours of math/statistics/computer science;
    • Degree-in-progress in Accounting: 15 credit hours in accounting and 18 or less credit hours remaining before graduation; or
    • Non-Accounting Degree (with <15 credit hours of accounting courses): 1 year of public accounting experience

Note: may sit for the exam before they graduate, specifically, within 18 credit hours of graduation

2. Additional Alaska CPA Requirements for the License (Sec. 08.04.12)

Education

  • 150 credit hours from an accredited university or institution
  • Candidates may be grandfathered if CPA exam was completed before Jan 1, 2008. Please contact Alaska State Board for details

Experience

  • 2 years of accounting experience “satisfactory to the Board” *
  • I emailed Alaska State Board for further clarification on the above but they did not provide me a specific answer. I believe you will need to present your own experience and ask if this could be deemed qualified.

*Launched in Apr 2016* The NASBA Experience Verification service is now available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.

Ethics Qualifications

3. Alaska CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required
  • Alaska residency not required
  • Minimum age: none
  • SSN is generally required but for those who don’t (e.g. because you don’t live in the US) request a waiver form

4. Fees

  • First-timers: $774 + application fee

5. Continuing Education

CPE is required for license holders. Please click here for Alaska CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy
Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Physical address:

333 Willoughby Avenue
9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801-1770

  • Email: license@commerce.state.ak.us
  • Phone: 907-465-2550
  • Fax: 907-465-2974

What if Alaska CPA Requirements Don’t Work for Me?

Check out these pages to learn about the educational and experience requirements, with my recommendation at the end of the posts:

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  • M says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks for your wonderful site! Do you know anybody who has applied through Alaska or Hawaii board? How much time does it take for processing application etc.? I am thinking of giving an exam through Alaska or Hawaii board as I guess I can fulfill their educational requirements, and then transfer the credits to some other state boards where it needs 1 yr of experience for CPA License, as Alaska and Hawaii board needs 2 yrs of experience to get CPA license. Please let me know:-
    1. If I apply now through Alaska or Hawaii board, would I be able to appear for the exam in November 2010, would they process my application that fast?
    2. Is transfer of credits possible or does it take time to transfer the credits after passing the exam?
    3. Is it a good idea to appear for the exam from one board and then transfer the credits to another board later? Do the boards allow that and do they process the transfer of credits smoothly? 4. Is it better to appear for the exam from that board only where we can get license easily, even if that board processes my application slowly and I might not be able to appear for the exam in November 2010, to avoid any delay or hassles in transfer of credits later? As my concern is to appear at least for BEC in November 2010 and nowadays most of the boards are taking time in processing the applications because of lot of applications coming their way due to exam changes in 2011. Please suggest.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi M,
      Yes transfer of exam credit is possible but most of the time you’ll have to fulfill the requirements of the “targeted” state first. So unless there is any compelling reason, you should just apply directly to the targeted state to save all the hassle.

      If the only reason is to speed up the process… I personally won’t do it because you take an extra risk of failing to transfer the credits to the state. And yes the exam is going to be changed but it’s more like the change of format (which shouldn’t affect you if you are a first-time applicant) and an addition of IFRS materials… doesn’t worth the risk. Just my 2 cents… Stephanie

  • M says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I think you are right. It doesn’t worth the risk, as there are already so many hassles in the application process itself, and there is no point in inviting more hassles later. As you mentioned, there is only change of format and addition of IFRS material, which might be considered as a plus point in job market later. Thank you so much for your valuable guidance as always. Now, I am taking this ‘change of format’ thing positively and have decided to prepare for the exam accordingly.
    Thanks a lot again for guiding us step by step and providing a helping hand, when we all desparately need it. God bless you!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi M,
      That’s an excellent point! I’ll share your thoughts with other readers when they face the same dilemma. Cheers and all the best. Just come back whenever I can be helpful. Regards, Stephanie

  • Sachin says:

    Dear Stephaine

    I am Indian Chartered accountant and having 3 years Bcom degree.Could you please let me know which state i would be eligible for exams

  • Don says:

    Dear Stephaine

    I am a ACCA and have 3 years B.com degree. I have also obtained the B.Sc Degree from oxford brooks university through the ACCA program. Could you please let me know which state i would be eligible for exams. And the best evaluation centers to evaluate my foreign credentials.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Don, if your BCOM and B.SC degree is very similar, they may only count the non-duplicate courses. So it’s really hard for me to tell. Your case is quite complicated and you need to have the evaluation agency to go through each cert and programs to give you an answer. If you are serious about taking the exam, it’s worth the investment. Good luck! Regards, Stephanie

  • Rupali says:

    Dear Stephaine

    I am Indian having 3 years Bcom+ 2 years M.Com degree and 1 year Diploma in IFRS (from ACCA)

    Could you please let me know which state i would be eligible for exams and can fulfill the licence requirements

    Thank You

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Rupali, BCOM + MCOM should generally be fine, so it’s great news. I would pick based on how you plan to fulfill the experience requirement, becaues this is often the bottle neck of candidates in your situation. Please check out this page for details: https://ipassthecpaexam.com/cpa-experience-requirements/

      Regards, stephanie

      • Naveen Kumar says:

        Dear Stephanie,

        I have got Bachelor Degree of Commerce (3 Years) and post Graduate Diploma in financial Management (1 Year).
        Moreover, Have working experience of more than 3 years as Assistant Manager -Finance & Account.

        Am I eligible for CPA course ? please help to guide me. I am keen to do the CPA.

        Thanks in advance.
        Best Regards,
        Naveen Kumar
        +91-9810701884

  • Mehdi K says:

    Hello!

    I just passed all 4 exams through Alaska. I also passed ethics exam. I have one question and would appreciate if you could clarify.

    Here is my situation.
    1. I received my degree from international institution.
    2. I am non-accounting major.
    3. I have less then 15 hours of accounting classes.
    4. I have 170 U.S. equivalent credit hours (but mostly non-accounting classes, see above).
    5. I graduated in 2004.
    6. I have my evaluation completed through WES.
    7. I work in Public Accounting in the U.S. and have more than 2 years of experience.

    Do you think, above is sufficient to obtain Alaska CPA license? I went through their application for license and I think it says that I have to have minimum 15 hours in accounting if I graduated after 2008. I am a little confused with the application and the requirements for licensure and would very much appreciate if you could help!

    thank you!

  • Anil Kumar says:

    Dear Stephaine,

    I am from Pakistan having 2 years B.Com , 2 years M.A Economics from University of Karachi & CA inter from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan-ICAP.
    Further I have 4.5 years External audit experience from ERNST & YOUNG-Pakistan.
    Currently I am living in UAE & planning to attempt CPA USA as an International candidate.

    Could you please let me know which state i would be eligible for exams and can fulfill the licence requirements

    Regards
    Anil Kumar

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Anil, since the Pakistani education system is too different from that in the US, it is better for you to get an evaluation report and see. From the service you will likely have 2 + 2 = 4 years (120 credit hours) of education and hopefully also an equivalent 4-year degree, but not sure about the accounting credit hours given that your BCOM is only 2 years.

      There is more info on the evaluation agencies here: https://ipassthecpaexam.com/foreign-credential-evaluation/

      Regards
      Stephanie

  • Mehdi K says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I just passed all 4 exams through Alaska. I also passed ethics exam. I have one question and would appreciate if you could clarify.

    Here is my situation.
    1. I received my degree from international institution.
    2. I am non-accounting major.
    3. I have less then 15 hours of accounting classes.
    4. I have 170 U.S. equivalent credit hours (but mostly non-accounting classes, see above).
    5. I graduated in 2004.
    6. I have my evaluation completed through WES.
    7. I work in Public Accounting in the U.S. and have more than 2 years of experience.

    Do you think, above is sufficient to obtain Alaska CPA license? I went through their application for license and I think it says that I have to have minimum 15 hours in accounting if I graduated after 2008. I am a little confused with the application and the requirements for licensure and would very much appreciate if you could help!

    thank you!

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mehdi, Alaska rules are quite vague (sometimes up to their own interpretation) so it is best to contact Alaska State Board directly. Good luck! Regards, Stephanie

      • Mehdi says:

        Got my license!

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Perfect! That’s great to know Mehdi 🙂 Stephanie

        • Asif Nawaz says:

          Hi Mehdi,

          I’m also undergoing exams via Alaska, can you please share your email address on nawazasif[@]hotmail.com so i can consult you specifically on licensing? Thank you.

        • Mahesh says:

          Hi Mehdi,

          My name is Mahesh and I’m currently trying to apply for AK license. I have a couple of questions on the application process. Could you please help? Please email me at mahesh.cwa@gmail.com if you can. Thanks so much for your help.

          Mahesh.

          • Stephanie Ng says:

            Hi Mahesh, I am afraid I am not a customer service rep. You can either ask your question here, or preferably, directly to the Alaska state board. Their email address and other contact details is listed right above.

  • Einst79 says:

    I understand that to GET the license
    -we need 24 hours in accounting, 2 year accounting experience (CPA verified) & 150 credit hours if we graduated after January 1, 2008,
    -we need 3 year accounting experience (CPA verified) & 150 credit hours and no accounting credits if we graduated between 2001 and 2008;
    -we need 2 years accounting experience (CPA verified) & 120 credit hours bachelor degree, and no accounting credits if we graduated before 2001.

    It is hard to get the licence from Alaska if you graduated after 2008 qualify to sit the exam with no accounting credits & 1 year accounting experience (CPA verified).

    https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/CPARegulations.pdf
    https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/cpa4092.pdf

    NOTE: In accordance with AS 08.04.120, applicants with bachelor’s degrees awarded after January 1, 2008, must have an accounting concentration. An accounting concentration
    consists of 24 semester credit hours of accounting courses, and three semester credit hours each of business law, economics, and college math/computer science.
    NOTE: In accordance with AS 08.04.120, bachelor’s degrees awarded after January 1, 2001, must include at least 150 semester hours.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hello, this is all very helpful! I will check the links later but this explains why I am always confused with how they seem to have different rules for different candidates. It must be the pre/post 2008 rule. Thanks again! Stephanie

  • Ashwini says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m Ashwini, completed my CPA through Alaska board in 2013. I have 2 queries:
    1. Will the CPA credits expire within 5 years if we do not obtain a license. I heard many of my colleagues telling me this, but I wasn’t sure.
    2. I have public accounting experience, my client I audit is an US client, but we work from India’s Big 4 office. So, there is no active CPA to verify my experience within the firm. I have already completed 3 years in this firm. I have met all the requirement of the state, except for the experience verification. how do I obtain a license under such situation.

  • Anuraag Mehta says:

    Dear Stephine

    I have received my evaluation report from NASBA , and have qualified for Guam and Alaska Board. My question is which state is best considering the license requirements. I have not worked under CPA and would not be working in future. i have 2 years of Audit experience in BIG 4 and 1 year as Finance Manager in Private Company.

  • Atta says:

    Hi

    I am an MBA (Finance) from Pakistan plus PGD England. Have 5 years of finance experience. Want to go for CPA exam. Have B1/B2 what you suggest. Shall i go for some courses fore appearing for CPA exman.

    Regards
    Atta

  • Sarang Grover says:

    Hi

    Thank you for the valuable information you provide through your site.
    I have completed my bcom degree through delhi university and want to know if I would be eligible for the CPA exam through the Alaska State board.

    According to me I meet the first criteria as mentioned above
    “Degree in Accounting: at least 15 credit hours of accounting courses;”

    As my course details suggest that each subject holds 5 credits and I have completed 25 subjects in total. Out of which 4 subjects are accounting subjects.

    Apart from the 4 subjects my degree also included subjects like financial management. Which I am not sure as of yet if it would be counted as an accounting subject.

    I would be anxious to hear from you if I am heading down the right path. I was about to apply for an advisory evaluation on the basis of the above qualification.

    Also does Alaska hold a requirement of completing 120 credits through a bachelors degree?

    Regards
    Sarang Grover

  • Ad says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Appreciate your work here.

    Just wondering if you know how much is the licensing fee for Alaska. I found different information from different sources. According to the below licensing form if I am not mistaken, the cost is 300 application fee and 390 certification fee which is pretty high compared to the different states that I have looked at.

    https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/cpa4092.pdf

    Thanks

    Ad

  • Tarika says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    This is a wonderful site you have created and provide a lot of information which I’m sure is helping hundreds of candidates out there like me.
    I really wish i came across this site much earlier.

    Coming to my query, I’m a B.Com graduate (3year course) from India. I completed my evaluation from WES in April 2015 and have been taking up the CPA exams in UAE since then, after being considered eligible for the Alaska Board.

    From looking at the NASBA website, I believe that Alaska now accepts only NIES Evaluations. With regards to my licensure:
    Please advise if I can go ahead with a WES Evaluation since I already started my exams with it or should I do one with NIES Instead?
    Also, would it be possible for you to suggest or guide me to any courses I could take up to fulfill the 150credit hour rule?
    Lastly, with regards to the minimum 2 year experience rule:
    -Do I need to have my role verified only by a boss/manager who should be a CPA or can it be any CPA i have worked with in my organization? (I currently do not work under a CPA)
    -will the work experience acquired before taking up the CPA examinations count towards to the minimum 2years rule?
    -Does it have to be 2 continuous years and within the same organization?

    I thank you in advance for taking your time to look into my queries and appreciate your assistance in this regard.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Tarika

    • Haris Munir says:

      Hello Tarika,

      I went through your comment and I feel you may have queries to my questions below as you have already started attempting exams.

      Can I contact you directly and can you please go through my query below.

      Thanks.

      • Tarika says:

        Hello Haris,

        I have looked into the your query and I hope the below response will be helpful to you.

        I am not sure if you had completed your evaluation from WES or NIES, However, currently the Alaska Board requires you to have your evaluation done by NIES with 150 credit hours with 16 years of education to be able to take up the exams and 2 years of work experience under a CPA with an active license for the CPA licensure.

        Feel free to contact me on my personal email ID: tarikasampath@gmail.com if you require any further details in this regard.

        Thanks,
        Tarika

  • Barkatullah says:

    I am a qualified ACCA and CIMA plus B-Com from Pakistan, kindly guide if I am eligible for attempting CPA exam?

  • Haris Munir says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    Hope this message finds you well.

    I have been following your website for quite some time now and really appreciate your work in helping out the Prospective CPA’s.

    I have very specific queries with respect to selection of state.

    I got my evaluation done for CPA Alaska in 2015 and had planned to take exams accordingly.

    I couldn’t attempt as I was focusing on CMA. But now I am planning to attempt CPA.

    Please see the below the result of evaluation:

    Accounting Hours: 36 hours
    Business Law, Economics, Stats etc. : 101 hours
    Other Courses: 97 hours
    Total : 234 hours

    My friend told me it’s “tough” to get CPA Alaska License even if I pass the exams.

    Can you please advise me with these evaluation results and the following factors which state is the best for me:

    I am a Pakistani National working in UAE and can attempt the exam here
    I report to CPA in my Company
    I want to go for the CPA License

    Please do let me know which State I should go for as I am confused as I am hearing different
    stories.

    Awaiting a prompt and a positive response.

  • Sophia says:

    Hi, Stephanie

    I got my bachelor degree in marketing in Russia and got non-degree diploma in Accounting in Canada, what gives 150 hours. As i understood this is enough to start US CPA. Please correct me if i am wrong.
    The second question is that, i translated all my education documents through WES before getting accepted to Canadian program, will US CPA accept them?

    Thank you,
    Sophia

  • Farooq says:

    Hello
    Im acca qualified working in pakistan since two years
    my work experince is about business consultancy
    kindly assist me in CPA programme how can i apply and any work experince required or anything

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  • Vinod says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am an international student & have passed all four parts of CPA. I am working towards acquiring 30 credits in order to meeting license requirement for Alaska state board. My question is by

    1) When is the last date before which I should complete the ethics course
    2) For international students, I was told we need to apply for license within 3 years or else the credits will be taken away.

    Thanks
    Vinod

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