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Minnesota Board of Accountancy (BOA) extends 2020 CPE deadline to Sept. 30, 2020

Active CPAs may use CPE earned after June 30 but prior to Oct. 1, 2020, to meet the CPE requirements for the 2021 license renewal period.
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Experience Requirements for CPA Certification

Updated May 1, 2020

Gaining accounting experience is a necessary component of earning your CPA certificate. This is 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.

In Minnesota, you need a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience using accounting, attest, compilation, tax, consulting or other skills noted in the BOA rule 1105.2600. Experience must be earned in no less than one year and no more than three years. 

One year of experience can be in:

  • Public accounting
  • Industry
  • Education
  • Government
Paid internships count provided the candidate didn’t use the internship to fulfill the education requirements. 

Experience verification

Only CPAs with a current active or inactive status valid certificates (active or inactive) in the state where the candidate gained the experience can verify a candidate’s work experience. 

Can I work while sitting for the exam?

In Minnesota, work hours earned while sitting for the CPA exam can be counted towards your one year of experience.


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 (BOA). They can be reached at 651-296-7938 or online