Georgia CPA Requirements on Exam and Licensing

Georgia cpa requirementsGeorgia CPA exam requirement is relatively straight-forward with a bachelor degree and a minimum of 20 credit hours of accounting courses that are beyond the introductory level.

Please note that there are additional educational requirement when you apply for the license.

Georgia CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the Exam

  • Bachelor degree or above with accounting concentration
  • Accounting courses: 20 semester units above introductory level
  • Note that CLEP courses are not accepted.

Special note to BCOM + CA holders (effective August 8, 2012):

Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.

2. Additional Georgia CPA Requirements for the License

Education

  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution.
  • Accounting courses: 30 semester units in intermediate/advanced level.
  • Business courses: 24 semester units.

Experience

  • 1 year (2,000 hours) of public accounting experience.
  • Non-public accounting experience is now allowed but is subject to the discretion of the Board. Please click here for a list of acceptable employment.
  • Must be completed not more than 1 year immediately preceding the date of application.
  • Except for government and teaching, all work has to be supervised by an active CPA in order to get counted as relevant experience.

Ethics Qualifications

  • None required.

3. Georgia CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Georgia residency not required.
  • Minimum age: 18.

4. Fees

  • First-timers: $723 (4 CPA exam fees) + $135 (initial application fee).

5. Continuing Education

CPE is required for license holders. Please click here for Georgia CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Georgia State Board of Accountancy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858

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Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    Dave, let’s continue our discussions here.

    I am surprised that no one is able to help you on this despite your very diligent research on the matter… but I understand — I have been there. Neither NASBA nor my state board answered any of my questions.

    First of all, going back to getting your CPA after years of experience is doable. That’s what I did. You can sit for the exam and then fulfill the rest of the experience (see below on the last point). But you are doing the right thing to make sure it’s worthwhile at all to sit for the exam in the first place.

    Anyway, the sentences with capital letters are straight from the Georgia State board website (the link you included in the comment).

    TWO YEARS AND 4, 000 HOURS IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING; FIVE YEARS AND 10,000 HOURS IN BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT OR COLLEGE TEACHING (TEACHING AT A 4 YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IN AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT AREAS OF ACCOUNTING ABOVE THE INTRODUCTORY OR ELEMENTARY LEVEL) OR A COMBINATION OF WORK EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT OR COLLEGE TEACHING.

    It does look like that you have/will have relevant experience, in the business field. So we’ll need 5 years.

    ALL WORK EXPERIENCE MUST HAVE BEEN SUPERVISED BY A PERSON WHO HOLDS A LIVE PERMIT AS A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT OR REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT EXCEPT FOR GOVERNMENT OR COLLEGE TEACHING. IN THESE TWO AREAS YOU MUST BE SUPERVISED, HOWEVER, THE SUPERVISOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO HOLD A CPA OR RPA LICENSE.

    And your experience has to be supervised by a CPA. If your CFO isn’t a CPA, how about the controller, or someone who is senior in your department that you have worked for? If you are dealing with accounting and reporting there really should be some CPAs around… but do check whether they are active. If you don’t feel comfortable asking them, you can always check their CPA status on the web.

    THE EXPERIENCE MUST HAVE BEEN EARNED NO EARLIER THAN ONE-YEAR PRIOR TO APPLICATION; THE EXPERIENCE MAY HAVE BREAKS IN SERVICE OF NO LONGER THAN 1-YEAR IN DURATION.

    That means that you’ll have to plan working in the general accounting field for at least 4 more years.

    So, it looks like the biggest problem is the supervision by an active CPA. If you really can’t identify one, maybe you can start looking for states that only requires “verification” vs “supervision” by CPA.

    Of course, with an out-of-state CPA license you might not be able to work in public accounting in Georgia, but if you stay in private, there is no problem. You can still use the CPA title in your business cards and so on as long as you get a full CPA license.

    If you are ok with getting the CPA qualification outside of Georgia, I can look for the states that requires only verification from the CPA for you. Let me know… Stephanie

  2. sugandha says

    hi stephanie

    Firstly I must thank you for putting together such detailed info about cpa. I have just landed in US ( Georgia ) with my husband and I plan to do CPA. I have going through numerous sites for the relevant info –
    I have a few questions to ask you

    1) I am an Indian chartered accountant and hold a B.Com degree also. ( however the issue is that I have lost my degree for my B.Com and have got only the marksheets) do you think only marksheets would suffice for evaluation. If not can i just submit my CA degree would it be sufficient for the hours required as per Georgia state law.
    2) Refer to your discussion above with Dave – do you suggest i apply from some other state with less stringent requirements. I plan to do cpa only for adding to my credentials.

    Thanks

  3. Stephanie says

    Dear all,
    I have set up a new comment box powered by Facebook to let me answer your questions more efficiently. It can be found right after each article. Thanks! Stephanie

  4. dhara says

    Dear Stephanie,
    I really appreciate your efforts for helping the CPA aspirants to achieve their goal and solving their difficulties.

    I have completed M.Com from India, have work experience of five years,planning to appear for CPA exams in the US. First of all,which state should I pick and why? Also, how are the job prospects on completion of this course especially for international candidate in this depressed economy?

    Thanks for your time!
    Dhara.

  5. dhara says

    Dear Stephanie,
    I really appreciate your efforts for helping the CPA aspirants to achieve their goal and solving their difficulties.

    I have completed M.Com from India, have work experience of five years,planning to appear for CPA exams in the US. First of all,which state should I pick and why? Also, how are the job prospects on completion of this course especially for international candidate in this depressed economy?

    Thanks for your time!
    Dhara.

  6. shuang says

    Dear Stephanie,

    Your efforts are much appreciated.
    I am a canadian citizen, live in toronto, I passed all part of CPA examination in 2009. Originally, I applied with New Hampshire under my instructor’s instruction, I found that was a big mistake after I passed part of the examination. I would like transfer my registration information to New York state now, then go to NY to find a firm job, and then finally get my license there. The information from New York state board of accountancy looks not clear enough, so I am wondering if you could tell some advantages or disadvantages about New York?

    Thanks

    Shuang

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