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Colorado Uniform CPA Examination Candidates: please visit their website for information on Colorado's requirements and how to apply for the exam.
For detailed information on Colorado's requirements for licensure (individual and firm), visit the Colorado Licensure page at NASBA.
There are four parts (the four "E's" - education, examination, ethics, and experience) to obtaining a Colorado Certified Public Accountant Certificate:
As an alternative to the one year of experience, you may opt to qualify for a certificate by meeting a higher education requirement. (See Chapter 2 of the State Board of Accountancy Rules).
Foreign candidates applying for certification via education in lieu of experience are required to have their credentials evaluated. The applicant should inform the evaluator that the review should be conducted for qualification under Colorado Rule 2.7 - Education in Lieu of Experience (see the Board Rules).
If an individual has successfully passed the Uniform CPA Examination and holds a CPA Certificate or License in good standing from another licensing jurisdiction, the individual may apply for a Colorado Certified Public Accountant Certificate by reciprocity.
Individuals who have successfully passed the Uniform CPA Examination but are not certified or licensed in another jurisdiction, may apply for a Colorado Certified Public Accountant Certificate by completing the Transfer of Grades Application.
Applicants must either meet Colorado's education and experience requirements or the equivalency requirements adopted by the Board.
Public accounting firms must meet the statutory requirements for licensure.
The final step in obtaining your Colorado Certified Public Accountant Certificate or a Public Accounting Firm Registration is to file a complete application and fee with NASBA.
Forms: All Accountant Applications and Forms are available below:
Communication from the Division: The Division of Professions and Occupations primary communication is via email. Please be sure to include your current email address on your application to receive important information about your application status and process.
License Expiration Grace Period for New Applicants: All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the next expiration date.
License Renewal Information: