Kansas CPA Requirements (Rules on Exam and Licensing)

Kansas CPA requirementsThe #1 point you need to know about Kansas CPA exam requirements is that you have to be a local resident in order to get the CPA license. You will also need to accumulate 150 semester hours before you can apply.

Another “special” requirement from KS State Board is that candidates are requested to take 11 credit hours of oral and communications classes.

Kansas CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam in Kansas

  • Bachelor’s degree or above
  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution.
    • CPA review courses can be counted towards this as long as they are offered by accredited educational institutions (the commercial ones featured in CPA exam review courses page don’t count unless they arrange to have it taught in schools)
  • Course requirement:
    • Accounting: 30 semester units
    • General education: 42 semester units — please check here for specific subject requirements
    • Oral and communication: 11 semester units

2. Additional Kansas CPA Requirements for the License

Kansas is a two-tier state, which means that you must obtain a CPA certificate before you can apply for a permit to practice. Please note that the certification does not allow you to practice or hold out as a CPA.

(i) Certification

  • Passing of the CPA exam and the CPA Ethics Exam administered by the AICPA.

(ii) Permit to practice (License)

  • Must hold a Kansas CPA certificate
  • Work Experience:
    • 1 year of public or non-public accounting experience (i.e. accounting experience in government, industry, academia or public practice is qualified)
    • The experience has to be verified by an active CPA but no need to be supervised by one.
    • Part-time work is allowed.

3. Kansas CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required
  • Candidate must be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in Kansas. This implies that SSN is required.
  • Minimum age: none

4. CPA Exam Fees in Kansas

  • Education Evaluation Application Fee: $90.00
  • Exam Section Application Fee: $344.80

5. Continuing Education

CPE is required for license holders. Click here for Kansas CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Kansas Board of Accountancy
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson, Suite 556
Topeka, KS 66612-1239

  • Email: info@ksboa.ks.gov, cpaes-ks@nasba.org
  • Phone: (785) 296-2162
  • Fax: (785) 291-3501

What if the Kansas CPA Requirements Don’t Work for Me?

You may want to 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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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!

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