Nebraska CPA Requirements on Exam and Licensing

Nebraska CPA requirementsNebraska is a two-tier state, i.e. the state grants both a CPA certificate and license. Candidates are required to fulfill 150 credit hours in order to sit for the CPA exam.

Please also note that only local residents are granted CPA license in this state.

Nebraska CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the Exam

  • Bachelor degree or above with accounting concentration.
  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution.
  • Accounting courses: 30 semester units (has to be intermediate level or above). May include:
    • financial accounting theory,
    • cost/managerial accounting,
    • taxation,
    • auditing,
    • accounting information systems, and
    • governmental/not-for-profit accounting
  • General business courses: 36 semester units and may include:
    • macroeconomics,
    • microeconomics,
    • business law,
    • marketing,
    • management,
    • finance,
    • business communication,
    • business ethics,
    • quantitative applications in business, and
    • principles of accounting.

Special note: Credit earned at a two-year institution is acceptable only when transferred into a regionally accredited four-year university and the credit is applied toward your degree. Other restrictions apply and please check with NASBA’s page on Nebraska for details (link below).

2. Additional Nebraska CPA Requirements to Get the Certificate/License

Nebraska is a two-tier state, i.e. the State Board issues a certificate and a permit to practice. For the different between CPA certificate vs license please click here.

(i) CPA Certificate

  • Passing of the CPA exam
  • Passing of the CPA ethics exam administered by the AICPA
  • Working experience: not required

(ii) CPA Permit To Practice (License)

  • The CPA certificate as described above
  • Working experience: 2 years (4,000 hours) of accounting experience supervised and verified by an active CPA licensee
  • The work should be performed “within a licensed, registered CPA firm”, which means that work nature should be restricted to public accounting.

3. Nebraska CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Candidate must be a resident, employee, or keep an office in the state.
  • Minimum age: none.

4. Fees

  • First-timers: $723 (4 CPA exam fees) + $160 (initial application fee).

5. Continuing Education

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

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
PO Box 94725
Lincoln, NE 68509-4725

  • Email (exam related inquiries): cpaes-ne@nasba.org
  • Email (license related inquiries): contact form here
  • Phone: 402-471-3595
  • Fax: 402-471-4484

 What if these CPA Requirements don’t Work for Me?

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