Michigan CPA License Process

Aspiring Michigan CPA licensees, do you ever get scared? Just a little bit? Look behind your shoulder. No, your other shoulder. Did you check the room? Oh no, is that a shark (not Katy Perry’s left shark)? 🙂 Scary movies give me the jeepers creepers. Ring, Saw, Scream, The Birds, The Grudge, and The Sixth Sense freak me out. I am talking nightmares for days. It takes hours, and I mean hours, of watching Bridget Jones’s Dairy, The Notebook, and Titanic (Leo finally got an Oscar!) to recover. Fortunately, becoming a licensed CPA in Michigan is not that scary.


Ellen Scares Me

Ahh, Ellen gets me every single time! She is a scaring machine. Get her with Justin Bieber and game over. No worries aspiring Michigan CPA licenses. You have already passed the CPA Exam. You have accepted a full-time offer in Michigan. You have been to the moon and back and nothing can stop you, especially not the licensing process. No more anxiety for you. To become a licensed CPA in Michigan, you have no ethics requirements; however, you still need to obtain your work experience requirement and submit your licensing application. Let’s do this!

The Great Lake State Licensing Process

In order for you to get the pretty three letters CPA on your business card, Michigan does not require you to pass an ethics exam. Unlike other states that require candidates to take a state-based professional conduct exam or the AICPA Ethics Exam, Michigan currently does not require its candidates to take and pass a similar exam. For more information on licensing requirements, please visit Michigan’s CPA Licensing Guide.

As far as work experience is concerned, Michigan requires that you have one year of accounting experience verified by a licensed CPA. One year of accounting experience equates to n0 fewer than 2,000 accounting hours. For more information on Michigan’s work experience requirement, please visit Michigan’s Experience Requirements for a CPA Certificate.

Once you have your work experience completed, you are on your way to becoming a CPA. All that is left for you to do is to fill out your online licensing application. Please keep in mind that you will need 150 credit hours to become a licensed CPA. Although you could have passed the CPA Exam with a four year degree (120 credit hours), you will need to ensure that you earn the extra 30 credit hours. If you have any additional questions about licensing requirements, please visit www.thiswaytocpa.com and your state board for up to date information. As always, remember to breathe.


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