Alabama (AL) CPA Exam Requirements

Alabama (AL) CPA Exam Requirements state that you must be declared eligible for the examination and then licensed by the state. An individual becomes eligible for the CPA exam by meeting specific requirements that are determined by the board of accountancy for their specific jurisdiction. Below are the Alabama CPA Exam requirements:

Alabama CPA Exam Education Requirements

  • Minimum Degree Required: Baccalaureate
  • 150 Semester Hours Required to Sit for the Exam? Yes
  • Varies based on date (for first time candidates after January 1, 2016): 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 postsecondary 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).

Alabama CPA Exam Age Requirements

Age Minimum: 19

Alabama CPA Exam Residency Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship Required: Yes

Must be a resident, employee, OR have office in the state? No

Application Process

  1. Review the exam requirements
  2. Submit the exam application + enroll in Surgent CPA Review
  3. Request and forward transcripts. Contact any of the institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy for evaluation. If you do not anticipate any problems in processing your application it is best to make plans to start your review at this time. Surgent CPA Review is ready to help you pass the exam.
  4. Pay the exam fees. After receiving the required information, the State Board 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 valid for six months. Since every third month 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 order, so be sure to plan your reviews accordingly. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window, but keep in mind that exam fees paid for parts not taken will not be refunded. Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at www.prometric.com/cpa. You can take the exam at a site in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, or any other Prometric location.

Key Exam Process Links for Alabama

Alabama CPA Exam FAQs

Alabama CPA Application Process

Alabama CPA Application Forms

Alabama CPA Statutes

AICPA

NASBA

State CPA Society

Alabama CPA Exam Fees

Initial Application Fee: $100

Audit: $215

Financial: $215

Regulation: $185

Business: $185

Total: $900

Other fees: All applicants are required to pay both an initial application fee and an exam fee, regardless of the number of sections taken. Re-examination fee of $50 applies to re-exam candidates.