Get Your First CPA License
To apply for your first Washington State CPA license as a Washington candidate, you will need to:
- Pass the CPA exam.
- Verify that you have met the good character requirements during your application process.
- Verify that your experience is qualified and complete an Experience Affidavit (Fillable PDF).
- The completed Experience Affidavit (PDF), and a copy of your resume or summary of duties, will need to be uploaded at the end of your application submission process.
- Complete a course and an examination on materials covering all of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and obtain a score of 90% or better on the exam (8 hour minimum course length).
- Verify that you completed the course listed above by uploading the PDF at the end of your application submission process.
- Achieve and document a passing grade of 90% or better on a board delivered course covering the Washington State Public Accountancy Act, related Board Rules, and Board Policies.
- Washington State Ethics & Regulations for CPA Applicants study guide (PDF).
- Exam instructions.
- Verify that you completed the course listed above by uploading the certificate of completion at the end of your application submission process.
**This exam will no longer be required after December 31, 2020. Board Rule WAC 4-30-080, Initial individual CPA license requirements, will be revised effective January 1, 2021. For license applications submitted December 31, 2020, or prior, applicants must pass this exam and submit the completion certificate with their application. For applications submitted January 1, 2021, or after, applicants must certify on their application they have watched a short video covering the Board rules and laws.
- Complete the required Continuing Professional Education (CPE), only if it has been more than four years since you passed the CPA exam.
- Verify that you completed the required CPE by uploading the PDF documentation at the end of your application submission process.
- Verify that you have reviewed an example of what your CPE reporting period will be for your first renewal.
- Complete and submit the license application through our Online Services. ***We strongly suggest you use a personal email address to set up your Secure Access Washington account.***
You may not use the title CPA until your license has been approved by the Board.
If you submit transcripts, education evaluations, experience documents or any other documentation and do not follow through by submitting an application for initial licensure within one year, your documents will be destroyed.
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