Louisiana CPA Requirements on Exam and Licensing

Louisiana CPA requirementsLouisiana only grants CPA license to its resident and they have very specific subject requirement for the accounting courses.

Please make sure the educational institution you are attending is teaching in accordance to this requirement.

Louisiana CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam

  • Bachelor’s degree or above.
  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution.
  • Course requirement:
    • Accounting: 24 semester units in undergrad level, or 21 in graduate level. Please check for specific subject requirements.
    • Business: 24 semester units, including 3 credit hours of commercial law.

Special note:

  • Pre-evaluation service is available if required. You can download the form here.

2. Additional Louisiana CPA Requirements to Get the License


  • Same as the exam requirement.

Work Experience

  • 1 year experience under the supervision of a licensed CPA. Please contact the State Board on the nature of experience required.
  • Part-time experience can be counted and 2,000 hours is equivalent to one year.
  • Please note that experience should be gained within 4 years preceding the date of the license application.

Ethics Qualification

  • None required.

3. Louisiana CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Candidate must be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state. Specifically, first-time candidates must have maintained continuous residency for 120 days within one year preceding the examination.
  • Minimum age: none.

4. CPA Exam Fees

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

*** Special note on NTS***

Please note that unlike most states, NTS approved by Louisiana State Board is valid for 9 months counting from the date of NTS issuance. For details, please refer to the CPA exam instruction below.

5. Continuing Education

CPE is a must for license holders. Click here for Louisiana CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

State Board of CPAs of Louisiana
601 Poydras Street, Suite 1770
New Orleans, LA 70130

  • Email: cpaes-la@nasba.org
  • Phone: 504-566-1244
  • Fax: 504-566-1252

What if the Louisana CPA Requirements Don’t Work?

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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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