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Certified Public Accountant – License Information

To obtain a CPA license by examination:

 1. Complete the required education as specified in Wis. Stats. § 442.04(5)(b)4 and Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 2.

 2. Pass all four (4) parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination within a rolling 18-month period.

  • Register for the examination by calling the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) at 1‑800‑CPA‑EXAM (1‑800‑272‑3926), or by visiting their website at: http://www.nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/wisconsin/.
  • Examination scores are sent directly to the applicant by NASBA.
  • The Department receives the certified scores from NASBA after the applicant has been notified.
  • The Department does not provide exam scores to applicants in any form – by phone, through the mail or otherwise.
  • Scores published on the NASBA web site are subject to certification.
  • Credits completed after the exam to fulfill licensure requirements should be sent to DSPS for verification.

3. Acquire one year of accounting experience per Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 2 .

 4. Submit application and fee to the Department.  A complete application includes:

 5. Pass the Wisconsin ethics examination.  Click here for the instructions to take the ethics exam.

To obtain a CPA license by transfer of scores or endorsement:

If you hold a license in good standing issued by another state, you may apply for a license in Wisconsin by endorsement if you meet all the current Wisconsin requirements per Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 3 and complete steps 1 and 2 below.

If you passed all four (4) parts of the Uniform CPA exam in another state but did not obtain a certification from the jurisdiction, you may transfer your grades to Wisconsin per Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 2 by completing steps 1 and 2 below.

1. Submit application and fee to the Department.  A complete application includes:

  2. Pass the Wisconsin ethics examination.  Click here for the instructions to take the ethics exam. 

To reinstate a CPA license (license expired more than five (5) years):

1. Submit application and fee to the Department.  A complete application includes:

  2. Pass the Wisconsin ethics examination.  Click here for the instructions to take the ethics exam.

To renew a CPA license:

Click here for renewal requirements.

Application Process