Indiana CPA Requirements 2017 (Rules on Exam and Licensing)

Indiana CPA requirementsIndiana requires 150 semester hours to sit for the exam.

Once you pass the CPA exam, you’ll need to fulfill 2 years of relevant working experience, but unlike most states you don’t need to be supervised by a CPA i.e. only verification by an active CPA licensee is sufficient.

Note to international candidates: Social security number is mandatory in the CPA exam application form.

Indiana CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the Exam

  • Bachelor degree or above from an accredited university or educational institution  together with 150 credit hours
  • Fulfill one of the following:

(a) Graduate Degree

  • Accounting courses: 24 credit hours at undergrad level or 15 hours at graduate level. Must include the following subjects:
    • financial accounting,
    • auditing,
    • taxation,
    • managerial accounting.
  • Business administration and economics courses,at least 24 semester hours (undergraduate or graduate level). May include:
    • business and tax law (up to 6 hours);
    • computer science courses (up to 6 hours).

(b) Bachelor Degree

  • Accounting courses: 24 credit hours at undergrad or graduate level. Must include the following subjects:
    • financial accounting,
    • auditing,
    • taxation,
    • managerial accounting
  • Business administration and economics courses,at least 24 semester hours (undergraduate or graduate level). May include:
    • business and tax law (up to 6 hours);
    • computer science courses (up to 6 hours).

Note: Pre-Evaluation of your education qualification is available but optional.

2. Additional Indiana CPA Requirements for the License

Education

  • Same as the exam requirements

Work Experience

  • 2 years of public or non-public work experience, verified by an active CPA.
  • No need to work under direct supervision of an active CPA, although the verifier is supposed to have direct knowledge of the applicant’s work.

Ethics Qualification

  • None.

3. Indiana CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Indiana residency not required.
  • Minimum age: none.
  • The Indiana laws do not state that a SSN is required to sit for the exam, but SSN is mandatory in the CPA license application form.

4. Fees

  • First-timers: $774 + application fee.

5. Continuing Education

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

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Indiana Board of Accountancy
Indiana Professional License Agency
402 West Washington St., Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

  • Email: accountancy@pla.in.gov, cpaes-in@nasba.org
  • Phone: (317) 234-3040
  • Fax: (317) 233-5559

What if the Indiana CPA Requirements don’t Work?

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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  • Salman says:

    You mention Indiana does not need public accounting work expereince, but in the requirments section it states “?2 years of work experience, verified by an active CPA”

    im kind of lost as to what that means, i currently have been working for 5 years at an organization and have passed all my exams last year but dont have public accounting experience.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Salman, I think you are right because Indiana is not a two-tiered state. Let me read the rules over in detail and make any necessary changes.
      Thanks a lot for letting me know. It helps a lot in keeping the page accurate and updated. Stephanie

  • Melissa says:

    Do you need a Bachelor degree to take the test? I have worked so hard to earn my Assoicates and was hoping to NOT take anymore classes.

  • Diane says:

    If I pass the CPA exam, but still need my work experience, am I able to put ‘CPA’ on my business card before I have completed the two years of work experience for Indiana?

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Melissa,

    Yes in most cases you’ll need a bachelor degree to get qualified for the CPA exam. The only state with an exception is Delaware. While they allow associate degree holders to take the exam they have strict working experience requirements. Please click on the link for more details.

    Stephanie

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Dianne,
    Hmm, no really you are not supposed to put “CPA” on your business card before you get your license/certificate. I know it’s frustrating but passing the exam is only the first (though most difficult) step towards your goal as CPA.

    Cheers, Stephanie

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  • Brandon says:

    I’m looking at taking courses with the UNA/Wiley CPA review program to reach my additional 150 credit hours. I have obtained all the necessary accounting credits needed. I have taken most of the courses while obtaining by accounting degree. What does Indiana consider duplicate courses? Will Indiana accept duplicate courses?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Brandon, I can’t speak on Indiana state board’s behalf, but they will not likely consider duplicate courses. It is best to simply ask them the same question by email.

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  • Ranu Jain says:

    Hi,

    What is the requirement for Indian CA who is having 1.5 years of work experience in manufacturing company and also having bachelor degree in commerce for pursuing Indiana(US) CPA.

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