Florida CPA License Requirements

On the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s website under “Division of Certified Public Accounting,” the requirements for obtaining a CPA are listed as the following:  This information can be found on the DBPR’s website.



  • PASS ALL FOUR PARTS OF CPA EXAMINATION: with at least a 75%   within 18 month rolling period.
  • ONE YEAR WORK EXPERIENCE:  Must be  verified by a   licensed CPA (This experience can be obtained prior to the application, while   sitting for the exam or after all four parts of the exam has been passed. However, requirements to sit for the exam must be met before work experience commences.)
  • TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS: 150 semester or 200 quarter hours
  • TOTAL UPPER DIVISION ACCOUNTING HOURS:  36 semester or 54   quarter to include the following:  Taxation, Auditing, Financial,   Cost/Managerial and Accounting Info Systems.
  • TOTAL UPPER DIVISION GENERAL BUSINESS HOURS:  39 semester   hours or 58 quarter hours to include the following:  six (6) semester hours   or eight (8) quarter hours of business law.  One course can be at a lower lever   (freshman or sophomore), the other course must be upper division (junior level   or higher).  Business Law 1 and Legal Environment of Business are often   considered duplicate.

Other important information:  These requirements include the   requirements to sit for the CPA exam under the 120 semester or 160 quarter hour   rule.”

This ends the information from the DBPR’s website.  We encourage anyone interested in the CPA requirements to obtain all current and changing information there.

Remember, your license is your livelihood.

Attorney Lars Soreide, of Soreide Law Group, PLLC, will represent CPA’s in front of the Florida Board of Accountancy (BOA) regarding any licensing issues. For more information about professional licensing law please visit our website at: http://www.floridaprofessionallicense.com or call to speak with an attorney at: (888) 760-6552.