georgia cpa requirements

To become a Certified Public Accountant, you will have to meet the requirements specific to your state. Georgia CPA requirements include standards for education, experiencing and licensing. To practice public accounting in the state, you’ll need to know about and meet all of these requirements.

Read on to learn more about the standards Georgia sets and how to make sure you meet all of the specs to become a CPA in Georgia.

Georgia CPA Requirements

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As with most states, Georgia CPA standards are set by the board of accountancy. The Georgia Board of Accountancy is the governing body that regulates how you can become a CPA in Georgia. They also set ongoing CPE requirements and reciprocal licensing standards. More on those in a minute. Let’s start at the beginning:

  • Georgia CPA education requirements
  • Georgia CPA age and residency requirements
  • Georgia CPA exam fees
  • Georgia CPA exam schedule

Georgia CPA Education Requirements

NASBA has set up the current CPA education requirements for Georgia:

  • A bachelor’s degree or post-bachelor education
  • 150 credit hours
  • 30 hours in accounting (above intro classes)
  • 24 hours in business 

These are the requirements to become a licensed CPA. You don’t have to meet all of them in the state of Georgia before taking the CPA exam. The first two course levels for accounting, or what would be considered introduction or survey courses, don’t count toward the total semester hours.

Georgia allows some flexibility within these course requirements. For instance, you may be able to apply for upper-level accounting courses from a junior college (as long as the credits transfer to a four-year school) or use hours logged in an accounting internship. CLEP courses won’t be accepted by the Georgia State Board of Accountancy.

You will submit your official transcripts to the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA) to be eligible to take the CPA exam.

Age and Residency Requirements

To take the CPA exam in Georgia, you must be 18 years of age or older. State or even United States residency are not required. 

Georgia CPA Exam Fees

There are always a number of fees you’ll have to cover as part of your CPA exam costs. In the state of Georgia, the test itself will cost the following:

  • $135 application fee
  • $195.35 for the Auditing and Attestation portion of the CPA exam
  • $195.35 for the Finance portion of the CPA exam
  • $176.25 for the Regulation portion of the CPA exam
  • $176.25 for the Business portion of the CPA exam

In total, the CPA exam itself will cost $868.20 to take in Georgia.

An additional investment that most people make is in a CPA exam review course. A structured course will provide an important advantage over self-study. With a CPA review course, you’ll get a comprehensive curriculum that ensures you cover the entire body of knowledge. 

Most CPA exam review courses cost between $1,200-$3,500. Coaching and private CPA tutoring is usually an add-on to programs like those. Check out our comparison of the best CPA review courses to help you choose a good fit.

Georgia CPA Exam Schedule

Once your CPA exam application has been approved, you will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS). With this, you can schedule the CPA exam at any time. 

As of summer 2020, the AICPA activated ongoing testing for the CPA exam. Prior to this, there were four windows a year (once a quarter) in which to take the CPA exam. Now, there are CPA exam dates any month of the year. It will be important to schedule it through Prometric, as this is where the test is offered.

There are Prometric testing centers all throughout Georgia, including in metropolitan areas:

  • Atlanta
  • Athens
  • Augusta
  • Columbus
  • Macon
  • Savannah
  • Smyrna
  • Valdosta

You can look at the Prometric site for additional Georgia CPA testing locations.

Georgia CPA License Requirements

georgia cpa license

Passing the CPA exam is a first step toward becoming a CPA. Once you’ve done that, there are still a few hoops to jump through. You will need to complete experience requirements, apply for licensure, and then actively maintain your CPA license for the duration of your career. Read on to learn about all of those components.

Georgie CPA Experience Requirements

As long as you have passed the CPA exam (with a 75 or higher for each section), you can move onto the experience portion of your CPA preparation. In the state of Georgia, you need to log 2,000 hours—or a full working year—of qualifying experience.

The Georgia State Board will only accept experience that meets certain criteria:

  • Public accounting, business accounting, industry accounting, etc.
  • Completed within one year 
  • No breaks are allowed
  • No clerical functions count toward total hours (account analysis of already recorded information, math calculations, recording ledger information)
  • Employment must be overseen and verified by a licensed CPA
  • No self-employment
  • Cannot coincide with time as a full-time student

Acceptable CPA duties will include:

  • Consulting
  • Regulatory laws
  • Using internal control systems
  • Financial advisory
  • Taxes
  • Government work
  • Academia

Georgia CPA License Renewal

Each year that you are licensed to practice public accounting in Georgia, you must take 80 hours of CPE courses. Courses must be board-approved and completed every two years before renewing your CPA license. These CPE units must include 16 hours in auditing/accounting. There are some allowances for rollovers and no CPE is required for CPAs with a license under a year old.

Georgia CPA Ethics Requirement

The state of Georgia is one of the few that has no CPA ethics requirement.

Transfer CPA License to Georgia

Georgia offers reciprocal CPA licenses. If you are a CPA in another state and would like to transfer your CPA license to Georgia, you may do so in a few ways:

  • Meet the qualifications (within the U.S., state eligible for reciprocity, establish Georgia residency)
  • Submit documentation that you meet qualifications
  • Get an authorization for interstate exchange
  • Pay $320

People who have CPAs in other countries may also be eligible for a Georgia CPA reciprocal license. Contact the Georgia State Board of Accountancy for the most updated list of reciprocal countries.

If you want to research how to become a CPA in Georgia or Georgia CPA requirements further, here are some recommended resources:

Georgia Board of Accountancy

NASBA: Georgia

AICPA: Georgia State Resources

Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants