Kentucky CPA Requirements (Rules on Exam and Licensing)

Kentucky CPA requirementsKentucky has a simple education requirement and does not require 150 semester units to sit for the exam. However, candidates need to meet the 150-hour rule upon the application of the license.

After the Uniform CPA exam and ethics exam, 1 year of public or non-public accounting experience is enough to get the CPA license. The great thing is that this experience needs to be verified but not necessarily supervised by a CPA.

Kentucky CPA Requirements

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

  • Bachelor’s degree or above with concentration in accounting
  • Course requirement:
    • Accounting: 27 semester units
    • General business: 12 semester units that may include business, finance, marketing, management, economics, computers, statistics, or accounting not included in the above.

2. Additional Kentucky CPA Requirements for License


  • Completion of the 150 credit hour requirement.

Work Experience

  • 1 year of public or non-public accounting experience (i.e. accounting experience in government, industry, academia or public practice is qualified).
  • 1 year is defined as 2,000 hours.
  • The experience has to be verified by an active CPA but no need to be supervised by one.
  • College teaching can also be qualified: 1-year of teaching (24 semester hours in accounting) at an institution of higher education.

*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 Qualification

  • None required.

3. Kentucky CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship is not required
  • Kentucky residency is not required
  • Minimum age: 18

4. Fees

  • First-timers: $774 + application fee.

5. Continuing Education Requirements for Kentucky CPAs

CPE is needed for license holders. Click here for Kentucky CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact Info

Kentucky State Board of Accountancy
332 West Broadway, Suite 310
Louisville, KY 40202-2115

  • Email:
  • Phone: (502) 595-3037
  • Fax: (502) 595-4500

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

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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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