Getting Started
If you have any questions about membership, contact:

Shannon Kelly

504.904.1129
800.288.5272
skelly@lcpa.org

Interested in becoming a CPA? Starting out in an accounting career can be daunting, but we’re here to help you take the first steps. From networking events to scholarships — LCPA has all the resources you need to get started. And if you can't find what you're looking for, give us a call. Consider us your personal career GPS.

Colleges and Universities with Accounting Programs

If you want to know where you can go to study accounting check out this list of accredited institutions in Louisiana.

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Going For Your CPA


Education: Start With a Good Foundation

In Louisiana, candidates must have 150 hours in certain accounting and business courses.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited, 4-year university; 24 hours of specific accounting courses and 24 hours of business courses
  • Hours from a community college must be transfered to a 4-year school.
  • AP credit hours recognized by 4-year universities count.
  • Some online credit hours may count.
  • Duplicate courses/credits hours are not allowed.
  • All credit hours are subject to final approval by the Louisiana State Board of CPAs.

Exam: Put Your Knowledge to the Test

After obtaining the required education, a Louisiana candidate must successfully pass the CPA exam and complete any remaining education hours 5 years after passing the exam.

  • The CPA Exam consists of four sections:
  • Auditing & Attestation (AUD)
  • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR)
  • Regulation (REG)
  • Candidates may take each section separately as long as all sections are passed within an 18-month span.
  • A grade of 75 or better is required to pass each section. Candidates may retake exam sections in the next testing window, if grade was less than 75.
  • Once exam is passed, candidates do not have a time limit on when they choose to become licensed.
  • Worth noting: In Louisiana, you must have earned 150 hours in 5 calendar years after successfully passing all four parts of the CPA exam or you’ll lose your CPA exam credits. Keep in mind you don’t need to apply for licensure at this point if you don’t have the required experience.

Experience: Chalk It Up to Experience

To obtain a CPA license, Louisiana candidates must have at least 12 months of qualifying experience verified by a licensed CPA.

The experience required must involve the use of accounting, attest, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills.

Experience may be from employment in public practice, private industry, non-profit, or government and must be at least 12 months of full-time or 2,000 hours part-time experience.

Apply: Complete an Application

The last step in becoming a licensed CPA is to send your application to the Louisiana State Board of CPAs. Apply at cpaboard.state.la.us.

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