Experience Requirements for CPA Certification

Gaining accounting experience is a necessary component of earning your CPA certificate. In Minnesota, you need one year of experience in addition to meeting the other requirements for becoming a CPA, including passing the CPA exam, completing 150 college credit hours, and passing the self-study ethics exam.

One year of experience can be in:

  • Public accounting
  • Industry
  • Education
  • Government

All work experience must be verified by a CPA. 

Can I work while sitting for the exam?

In Minnesota you can work while sitting for the CPA exam and count that time towards your one year of experience. Paid internships can also be applied to your one year of experience, but unpaid internships cannot. 
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Contact MNCPA customer service at 952-831-2707 or email us for answers to your CPA certification questions. 

CPA certification is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. They can be reached at 651-296-7938 or online