CPA Certificate and License Requirements

This section of the Web site contains information useful to candidates for the CPA certificate. For details concerning the documents required to obtain the CPA certificate, please refer to the section entitled CPA Certification Requirements and Procedure. If you wish to find out about CPA certificate and license requirements in other states, please consult our list of Accountancy Boards. Following are the general requirements for the CPA Certificate:

  • Successful completion of the CPA examination, or possession of a CPA certificate issued by another state.
  • Successful completion of a professional standards and responsibilities course that emphasizes the Ohio accountancy law and Board rules. If you hold a CPA certificate issued by another state, and passed an ethics examination or course required by that state, we will accept that state's ethics examination or course in lieu of the Board's required course.
  • Experience performing one or more services related to public accounting, as defined by Board rule.
  • Successful completion of FBI and BCI criminal background checks.


  John E. Patterson, Executive Director

Accountancy Board of Ohio

77 South High Street, Suite 1820

Columbus, Ohio  43215-6128

Accountancy Board of Ohio Contact List


Main Line:  614.466.4135

Fax Line:  614.466.2628