Iowa CPA Requirements


CPA Exam Requirements


Degree Requirement
Semester Hours
Semester Hours Required to Sit for Exam?
Class Requirements
US Citizenship: No
State residency is not required
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Passing the CPA Exam in Iowa

Iowa (IA) 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 Iowa CPA Exam requirements:

Must complete one of the following education requirements:

  • Earned a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board.
  • Earned a graduate degree in business from a program that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board, and: completed at least 24 semester hours in accounting with at least one course in each of the following: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting – excluding elementary or principles level courses. Courses in internship or life experience are not acceptable.
  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 anticipate there being any problems with your application, this is a great time to start studying with Surgent CPA Review.
  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.

Where to Take CPA Exam:

Exam location is scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at

When to Take CPA Exam

Testing windows include January, February, April, May, July, August, October, and November. Testing is not available during blackout months: March, June, September, and December.