All candidates for the CPA Exam must have completed at least 150 semester hours of college education, and have a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in accounting (or be within 120 days of obtaining this education) from an educational institution recognized by the Washington State Board of Accountancy.

A concentration in accounting includes:

  • 24 semester-hour credits (36 quarter hour credits) in accounting subjects, of which at least 15 semester hours (22.5 quarter hours) are at the upper or graduate level
  • 24 semester-hour credits (36 quarter hour credits) in business administration subjects.

For more detailed information regarding educational requirements, transfer of credits, or other certification/licensing information, please visit the website for the Washington State Board of Accountancy at

Get Help Paying for College

The Washington CPA Foundation offers several $5,000 (or more for masters and graduate students) scholarships annually. This year the foundation plans to award over $500,000 to students pursuing an accounting major in Washington state.

The Washington CPA Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications! Click the button below to view eligibility requirements and start your application. The website stores your progress, so start today and log back in as many times as you need to finish and submit your application by February 14.

Join the WSCPA

Exclusive Member Benefits:

These member benefits provide excellent opportunities to boost your career potential:

Who can join?

There are two student member types: Student and CPA Candidate. You are eligible to join the WSCPA as a Student—Student member if you are an accounting student and plan to sit for the Uniform CPA exam when eligible

Student—CPA Candidate membership is open to individuals who have either graduated from college or have applied to sit in the 6-month exam window while still in college, and are actively working towards CPA licensure. Download a copy of the Experience Affidavit here.

Membership Dues

  • Membership is $40 from April 1 through November 30, or $20 from December 1 through March 30. The fee is not prorated by month.
  • WSCPA membership is renewed annually, due June 1.