Alabama CPA Exam Requirements

For Candidates in Alabama that have not Taken the Uniform CPA Exam

The Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy (ASBPA) was founded in 1973. The board is composed of five CPA’s, one Public Accountant, and one Public Member from the business community. The ASBPA is responsible for overseeing the licensing of CPA’s and PA’s throughout the state. The state of Alabama has licensed over 6,700 Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) as of 2014.

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Education Requirements

  • Complete 150 credit hours (earning a bachelor’s degree at minimum and taking 30 additional hours)
    • A minimum of 33 semester hours in accounting, not including introductory courses
      • 9 in financial accounting
      • 6 in auditing accounting
      • 6 in taxation accounting
      • 3 in managerial accounting
      • 3 in governmental/not-for-profit accounting
      • 6 semester hours of accounting electives
    • Complete 27 semester hours in business courses, not including accounting courses
    • Complete 3 semester hours of business law


  • Earn a graduate degree in accounting from a program accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

General Requirements

In addition to the educational requirements, the state of Alabama also requires you to:

  • Submit an application to the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy (ASBPA)
  • Send transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the ASBPA
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Be at least 19 years old

Fee Requirements

In order to take the CPA exam in Alabama, you must pay the following fees to the ASBPA:

  • An application fee of $100
  • Examination fees for the four separate sections of the CPA exam totaling $800:
    • Auditing and Attestation (AUD) – $215
    • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) – $185
    • Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) – $215
    • Regulation (REG) – $185

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