Iowa CPA Experience Requirements [2022]

Iowa CPA Experience Requirements

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To meet the Iowa CPA experience requirements and become a CPA, candidates are required 2,000 hours or 12 months of experience in practical accounting, attestation, management, advisory, financial, tax, or consulting services of any kind. If you have academic experience, you must have taught a minimum of 24 semester hours of accounting courses in higher education.

Summary of Iowa CPA Requirements

Credit hours to sit for the CPA exam120
Bachelor’s required to sit for the CPA examYes
Credit hours in accounting subjects to sit for the CPA exam24
Credit hours in business subjects to sit for the CPA exam24
Total credit hours to receive a CPA license150
Work experience required to receive a CPA license1 year
Ethics exam required to get a CPA licenseYes

Iowa Education Requirements

To become a licensed CPA in Iowa, there are certain credentials and educational requirements to meet the CPA exam requirements. All potential candidates are required to have the minimum educational requirement of a bachelor’s degree with 150 semester hours in accounting from a regionally accredited college or an accredited institution recognized by the Iowa board.

Comply with Iowa’s CPA degree and coursework requirements and complete the state’s educational requirements for a bachelor’s or higher degree, which will actually give you a total of 150 semester hours of credit in the following areas:

  1. A graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program approved by a board-recognized accrediting agency.
  2. A graduate degree in business from a program approved by a board-recognized accrediting agency with 24 semester hours in accounting that includes:
    • Auditing
    • Financial Accounting
    • Management Accounting
    • Taxation
  3. A bachelor’s degree in business or accounting from a program approved by a board-recognized accrediting agency with:
    • 24 semester hours of accounting that includes:
      • Auditing
      • Financial Accounting
      • Management Accounting
      • Taxation
    • 24 semester hours in business-related courses that includes:
      • Business Law
      • Finance
      • Marketing
      • Management
      • Economics

If you earned your degree in another country, your academic qualifications must be examined by Foreign Academic Credential Services, Inc. (FACS) or NASBA International Evaluation Services to determine your eligibility to take the Uniform CPA exam.

Please be reminded of the following:

  • Correspondence, online, CLEP, and CPA review courses count for credit with the Board if you get credit for them at an accredited college or university.
  • Commercial CPA review courses do not contribute toward Board credit.
  • Courses taken at a community college or a two-year institution count for credit with the Board.
  • Developmental and/or remedial courses do not count for credit with the Board.
  • Internships and life experience may be included toward the total requirement of 150 hours.

Submission of Transcript

You must present an original college transcript from your previous school or institution attended.

  • Credit for courses completed at institutions outside the United States must be transferred to an eligible bachelor’s degree-granting institution within the United States.

On the official transcript, the degree must be noted, and make sure that the transcript is official and sealed before you submit it. The transcript can be submitted directly to the institution or via electronic to etranscript@nasba.org.

Pass the Uniform CPA Exam

Candidates who have obtained a Notice to Schedule are qualified to schedule and take the Uniform CPA Exam.

To qualify for a license, all four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam must be taken and passed with a score of 75 or better within 18 months. Candidates who need to retake any unit (s) of the exam must apply to the Board for re-examination.

The Four CPA Exam Sections

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)

The Auditing and Attestation (AUD) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) tests the essential knowledge and skills a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate when performing audit engagements, attestation engagements, or accounting and review service engagements.

Newly licensed CPAs are required to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to professional responsibilities, including ethics, independence, and professional skepticism. Professional skepticism reflects an iterative process that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of audit evidence.
  • understand the entity including its operations, information systems (including the use of third-party systems), and its underlying business processes, risks, and related internal controls.
  • understand the flow of transactions and underlying data through a business process and its related information systems.

Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)

The Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) tests knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate when performing:

  • Audit, attest, accounting, and review services
  • Financial reporting
  • Tax preparation
  • Other professional services

The content areas tested under the BEC section of the Exam encompass five diverse subject areas. These content areas are enterprise risk management, internal controls and business processes, economics, financial management, information technology, and operations management.

Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)

The Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) assesses the knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate in the financial accounting and reporting frameworks used by business entities (public and nonpublic), not-for-profit entities and state and local government entities.

The financial accounting and reporting frameworks that are eligible for assessment within the FAR section of the Exam include the standards and regulations issued by the:

  • Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (U.S. SEC)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)

Regulation (REG)

The Regulation (REG) section of the Uniform CPA Examination (the Exam) tests the knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate with respect to:

  • U.S. federal taxation
  • U.S. ethics and professional responsibilities related to tax practice
  • U.S. business law

Tips for Passing the CPA Exam

The CPA exam covers so many topics that you will need to study specifically for each section, usually for 6-8 weeks per section. Even a master’s degree in accounting doesn’t adequately prepare you to just walk in and pass the 4 CPA exams.

You will need a full review course such as Becker, Wiley CPAexcel, Gleim, Roger, etc, and you will need to dedicate several hours a day over the course of months to even have a chance at getting passing scores.

How to Save Yourself MONTHS of Time and Frustration
Keep in mind that the CPA exam is the one part of getting your CPA license that you can control how long it takes. The education and experience requirements take as long as they take, but the CPA exams can take you as little as 6 months, or as long as multiple years… depending on how effective your study process is from the beginning.
Learn how to study strategically so you can save yourself tons of time and retake fees with this free training…

Ethics Exam

Yes, the Iowa State Board requires all candidates applying for the CPA license must complete at least 8 hours in length the AICPA ethics examination or its equivalent. With a minimum score of 90% to pass the test.

You can get the AICPA Ethics Exam through the Iowa Society of CPAs here.

Iowa CPA Exam Fees

Application fee$170
Registration fee$90
AUD exam fee$226.15
BEC exam fee$226.15
FAR exam fee$226.15
REG exam fee$226.15

All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application. All re-examination candidates are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration.

How to Save Yourself MONTHS of Time and Frustration
Keep in mind that the CPA exam is the one part of getting your CPA license that you can control how long it takes. The education and experience requirements take as long as they take, but the CPA exams can take you as little as 6 months, or as long as multiple years… depending on how effective your study process is from the beginning.
Learn how to study strategically so you can save yourself tons of time and retake fees with this free training…

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