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Applying for Your Initial CPA Certificate

Updated March 22, 2023

CPAs are certified through the Minnesota Board of Accountancy (BOA).

What are the requirements for CPA certification?

Fulfill each of the following requirements before applying for your initial CPA certificate:

  1. Pass all four sections of the CPA exam.
  2. Take the self-study ethics exam.
  3. Complete one year of work experience.
  4. Earn 150 college credit hours, including specific credits in accounting and business-related subjects depending on your school’s accreditation.

You cannot hold yourself out as a CPA until you have been certified by the BOA.

Ready to apply for your CPA certificate?

Apply for your initial CPA certificate online through the BOA. Create an account to monitor the status of your application and its supporting documents.

Apply for your certificate  

How long is my initial CPA certificate valid?

Your initial CPA certificate expires Dec. 31 of the year it was issued. Renew your CPA certificate annually through the BOA by Dec. 31. 

Understand CPA certificate renewal deadlines

Understand key deadlines for your first year of certification


The Board of Accountancy regulates CPAs in Minnesota. Contact the BOA at 651-296-7938.

We're here to help! Contact the MNCPA at or 952-831-2707.