Wyoming is one of the larger American states, and is best known for its breathtaking mountain vistas and extensive prairies.
Although one of the least populous states, Wyoming has a robust economy based heavily in tourism, agriculture and the mineral and gas extraction industries. People travel from all over to visit Wyoming’s many national parks, while residents earn their livings off the land, in the hospitality sector and by providing most of the natural gas to surrounding states.
Wyoming residents do not pay individual or corporate income tax and the state’s sales tax is one of the nation’s lowest at only 4 percent.
Wyoming at a glance
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Accounting Programs in Wyoming
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Salaries for accounting positions in Wyoming are on par with national averages, allowing individuals with advanced degrees to earn over $100,000 in annually. The majority of employment opportunities are found in the state’s two major cities, Casper and Cheyenne.
None of the Big Four international accounting firms have offices in the state, however, there are well-established local firms and businesses in need of professionals with strong financial backgrounds.
Accounting Today named these firms among the highest performing in a multi-state region. Rankings as based upon reported net revenues from 2014. Source: Accounting today "Top 100 Firms"
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Wyoming
Anyone wanting to provide accounting services in Wyoming must hold a valid state certificate, as well as a permit from the employing firm.
Wyoming is a one-tier state, which means that all applicants must meet minimum education, experience and examination requirements before obtaining certification and permission to work for a registered firm or establish an independent practice.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Wyoming
Eligibility for CPA licensure follows standard requirements in place in most states. Wyoming will accept examination credit transfers from other states as long as the applicant establishes residency in the state and brings qualifications that meet or exceed the state’s requirements.
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Education Requirement for Licensure
150 credit hours including bachelor's degree
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Hours in Accounting
Bachelor's degree: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours accounting courses which includes financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting. Or: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in upper division or graduate accounting courses which includes business law, economics, management, marketing, finance, business communications, statistics, quantitative methods, technical writing, information systems or technology, ethics or other areas as may be determined by the Board.
Exam Sitting Requirements
150 hours with bachelor's degree must be completed or documentation that the requirement will be completed within 90 days of the application date must be supplied
One year experience in public accounting. All public accounting experience shall be gained through employment in government, industry, academia or the practice of public accounting.
Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure
Wyoming requires all new applicants to complete an 8-credit Professional Ethics Course. The state currently accepts the AICPA’s Comprehensive Course.
Schools are ranked by pass rate unless otherwise noted. Results are comprised of scores from both first-time test takers and those returning to take the whole exam or specific sections of it again. Source: National State Boards of Accountancy
Certifying and Professional Organizations
The Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants is the online source for anyone seeking CPA certification in the state. It contains all the pertinent information about exams, licensure and public information about CPA firms throughout the state.
The Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants offers professional development courses and other benefits for its members. The organization is dedicated to upholding standards of professionalism in the field and to providing networking opportunities for aspiring and current CPAs.