Arkansas only grants the CPA license to its residents (defined by residency or keeping of offices within the state).
The education requirement is quite complicated when compared to the CPA requirements in other states. Therefore, it is best to check the State Board’s website for details. If you have any questions, you can find the contact information for the Arkansas Board of Accountancy at the end of this post.
Arkansas CPA Requirements
1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam in Arkansas
Bachelor’s degree or above
150 credits from an accredited university or educational institution
Accounting courses: 30 credits in upper-level courses required (minimum grade of “C”) in the following topics: financial accounting (intermediate Accounting), management accounting (cost accounting), governmental or not-for-profit accounting (institutional accounting), federal taxation (advanced income tax or fundamentals of taxation), auditing and attestation, and accounting information systems
Business courses (other than accounting): 30 credits
It is necessary to have all the educational requirements met before sitting for the CPA exam.
Courses from an accredited community college or 2-year college are acceptable toward the 150-hour requirement. Please note that the requirement for the Accounting Courses is for upper-level accounting courses. Junior/senior level courses are not normally offered at 2-year institutions.
2. Additional Arkansas CPA Requirements to Obtain the CPA License
CPA Education Requirements
No additional requirements.
CPA Experience Requirements
1 year (2,000 hours) of public or non-public accounting experience.
Part-time employment is allowed as long as the 2,000 hours are accumulated within 1-3 years.
The experience has to be verified by an active CPA licensee (US CPA only). This person does not need to be the supervisor.
The experience needs to be gained within the previous3 years of the license application date. Candidates have 3 years to become licensed once they have passed the CPA exam.
Ethics Qualifications in Arkansas
3. Arkansas CPA Requirements on Residency and Age
US citizenship is not required.
Arkansas residency is not required.
Minimum age: none.
4. Fees for the CPA Exam in Arkansas
First-timers: $952.60 (for the CPA exam fees for all 4 sections of the exam) + $170 (initial application fee).
5. Continuing Education (CPE)
CPE is required for license holders. Please click here for Arkansas CPA CPE requirements.
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