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Certification and Licensing

Exam and Licensure Rules for the Greater Washington Area

Washington, D.C.



Education Requirement to Sit for the Exam

120 credits to sit for the exam in DC, and 150 credits to be licensed 120 credits to sit for the exam and 150 credits to be licensedAt least 120 semester hours of education to sit for the exam, and 150 credits to be licensed

Education Concentration Requirements to Sit for the Exam

24 semester hours of accounting credits, including Auditing, Cost Accounting, Federal Income Tax and Advanced Accounting; 3 semester hours of a Business Law or Commercial Law course; and, 30 additional credits in any business related courses.30 undergraduate semester hours in each: auditing, cost accounting or managerial accounting, U.S. Federal income tax and ethics; a minimum of 9 semester hours in financial accounting; and a minimum of 9 semester hours in elective accounting courses. Courses listed in Business-Related Education; at least 21 semester hours in at least five of the nine subject areas: statistics, economics, corporation or business finance, management, marketing, U.S. business law, business communication, quantitative methods, and computer science/information science.24 semester hours of accounting courses above the introductory/foundational level: including courses in auditing, financial accounting, managerial/cost accounting and taxation. 24 semester hours of business courses: no more than six semester hours of what could be considered upper-level accounting courses.

Ethics Requirement

Yes - 4 hours, every reporting periodYes - 4 hours, every reporting periodYes - 2 hours VBOA specific, annually

Education Requirements to Obtain a License

1 year of working experience1 year (or 2,000 hours) of professional experience1 year of working experience in accounting

Residency or Citizenship Requirements?


The DC Board of Accountancy regulates the licenses of professional accountants in the District of Columbia. The accountancy license law is defined by the District of Columbia Second Omnibus Regulatory Act of 1998 (Omnibus), which took effect on April 20, 1999.

DC Board of Accountancy Members                          

  • Robert Todero, CPA--Chair
  • Bridget Gagne, CPA--Member
  • Angela Avant, CPA - Member
  • Toni Smiley, CPA--Member
  • Joseph Drew--Consumer Member

DC Board of Accountancy Staff                          

  • Leon Lewis--Executive Director
  • Kevin Cyrus--Education Coordinator
  • Angela Meggett-Strudwick--Board Administrator 

    For more information, please contact Occupational and Professional Licensing (OPL) using our online inquiry form, via email at, or by phone at (202) 442-4320.

Prometric Test Centers
1660 L St., NW, Suite 204
Washington, DC 20036

At the Prometric website, you can find other test center locations, review study materials and schedule your exam.

Specific questions about qualifications and costs to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam in DC should be referred to DC's contractor service, PearsonVUE, at or call 1-877-672-2173.


License Renewal
Expiration Date: December 31; Renewal Year: Even
Submit an application for renewal of an occupational or professional license.

Continuing Education  
Continuing Education Reporting Form

Letter of Certification/License Verification
Request a Letter of License Certification
Experience Verification Form


Maryland Board of Public Accountancy:

Virginia Board of Accountancy:

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA):