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CPA Exam Requirements

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Degree Requirement
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Semester Hours
150 hours
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Semester Hours Required to Sit for Exam
120 hours
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Class Requirements
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US Citizenship
No state residency requirement

Alabama CPA Exam Application Process

1. Review the exam requirements.

2. Submit the exam application + enroll in Surgent CPA Review.

3. Request and forward transcripts.

Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not expect any problems in processing your application, this is a great time to get started with the Surgent CPA Review program.

4. Pay the exam fees.

After receiving the required information, CPA Examination Services will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.

5. Schedule your exam.

Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable. Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at You can take the exam at a site in Brookfield, Madison, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.

Alabama CPA License Requirements

Education Requirements

  • 150 hours to be granted AL license
  • Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate (from accredited college or university)
  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 120 semester hours (SH), by a regional accreditation board with at least 24 semester hours in accounting (excluding introductory courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level including a minimum 9 SH in Financial Accounting, 6 SH in Taxation and 3 SH in each of the following: Auditing, Management Accounting, Governmental & Not-For-Profit Accounting, and business law (concentrating primarily on the Uniform Commercial Code); and at least 24 semester in business courses (other than accounting courses); or Graduate degree from a program that, as of the degree date, is accredited in business by the AACSB, or comparable accrediting organization recognized by the Board, and completed a course of instruction that includes all of the requirements noted above.
  • Candidates who sat for their first Exam section between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2015, must have completed a total of 150 semester hours of post-secondary education with a concentration in accounting or the substantial equivalent as determined by the board (see step 1 of the application process for additional details).

Cost and Fees

Initial Application Fee $246
Audit $196.45
Financial $193.45
Regulation $173.60
Business $173.60
Total $980.10
Other Fees Application fee and re-exam registration fee vary based on number of parts.

Where to Take CPA Exam

Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at You can take the exam at a site in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.