CPA Exam Requirements: Step-by-Step Guide in State Selection Process

CPA Exam requirements by stateThe US CPA Exam Requirements are confusing! Unlike most other professional qualifications, CPA licenses are granted by individual states rather than a centralized agency.

In this article, I’ll give an overview of CPA exam requirements by state and how you can pick a state board that works to your advantage.

CPA Exam Requirements by State: An Overview

There are 55 states and jurisdictions in the United States. Each of them has a state board of accounting, which sets the accounting rules and regulations on its own. Because of this, the CPA exam and licensing requirements are often quite different, and this can cause a lot of confusion to candidates.

The AICPA and NASBA have worked hard to bring the rules in line for the past 10 years. The vast majority of states are now following the “3E”s:

  • Education: 4-year bachelor degree and above + 150 credit hours
  • Exam: The 4-part Uniform CPA Exam
  • Experience: 1 year of relevant work supervised and verified by CPA or equivalent

You can check out the progress and update here on CPA mobility Act.

Now, Are You a “Conventional” Candidate?

That is, are you:

  • A US citizen;
  • In the accounting concentration;
  • Studying in a US accredited college or university;
  • Working towards a 150-semester hour degree program or a Master degree in accounting, taxation or business administration;
  • You will be 21 or over by the time you sit for your CPA Exam; and
  • You plan to work in public accounting (i.e. working in an accounting firm) after graduation.

Yes to all? Then you should register in the state where you plan to work as a public accountant. You can now go directly to your state for details:


 

What If the Answer is No…

No worries, as there are lots of way to work around it. See if any of the following applies.

How to Pick a State and the Respective CPA Exam Requirements

1. I Don’t have 150 Credit Hours

A typical 4-year bachelor degree gives 120 credit hours. Therefore, it is common that candidates find themselves short of some courses.

There used to be some states (California, Delaware, New Hampshire) that allow 120 credit hour holders to get the license, but they have all switched to the 150-hour rule.

Nowadays, only Colorado works, but I don’t consider this an attractive option because the working experience requirement is very strict.

Guam is another choice if you are an accounting major (without master’s) and don’t mind getting the inactive license. You can find out the pros and cons of getting the inactive license from the link.

A Better Option…

If you have extra time, money and effort, making up for the 30 credit hours is the way to fulfill the CPA exam requirements. Candidates need to understand that 150 hour is the standard for all accounting students graduated from the US, and therefore, the state board is simply asking you to match that standard.

Here are ways to get extra credits for the CPA exam requirements

2. Non-Accounting Major

There are still states (e.g. New Hampshire, Maine) that require 15 credit hours or less of accounting classes to sit for the exam, but either rules are about to change, or that the experience requirement is tough. Here is an article written for non-Accounting majors on this topic.

Similar to the situation above, I believe the best and “proper” way to approach this is to take a-la-carte, non-degree accounting classes in accredited educational institutions.

How to find accounting, business or taxation courses

3. Issues in Gaining Relevant Working Experience

Experience requirements vary from state to state, but state boards generally look for 1 year of relevant experience that is supervised and verified by a US CPA.

If you have…

(i) No Plans to Work in Public Accounting

This means that you have never worked, and don’t plan to work as an auditor.

Luckily, most states nowadays are fine with general accounting work from private industries, government and even teaching positions in academia. This shouldn’t be an issue when choosing a state.

(ii) No Plans to Work Under a US CPA

This could be the case if you work in private industries where CPAs are less common; or you work outside of the US and your supervisor is not licensed in the United States.

Solutions:

North Dakota and Virginia recognize experience that is supervised by a non-CPA. As long as you work in relevant field, you can get the license.

Montana and Washington allow your experience to be verified by someone other than your boss. This provides some flexibility as well.

There are also states that do not require working experience if you:

  • go for the CPA certificate: Montana
  • go for the inactive license: Guam
  • have graduate degree: Massachusetts‘ non reporting license
  • have 150 credit hours: Colorado‘s education in lieu of experience route.

The options above may have restrictions on how you hold yourself as CPA.

Here is a list of state boards with more flexible working experience requirements

(iii) No Plans to Work / Can’t Work in the US

If you have a big family commitment (e.g. stay at home mom) or that you are not allowed to work in the US (e.g. H4 visa holders), you need to be more creative in fulfilling the experience requirement.

The best way is to get your previous experience verified, likely in the more “flexible” states mentioned in (ii) above. You can also explore whether volunteer experience is accepted by the state board.

(iv) You Can Only Work Part-Time

About half of the state boards allow part-time work. It is hard to list them all, but once you narrow down your choices, you might want to double check by emailing the short-listed state boards directly.

4. Non-US Citizens / Residents

Many states welcome international candidates. There are a few exceptions as shown below.

States granting license to…

(i) US citizens only: Alabama, North Carolina

(ii) State residents only: Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Rhode Island

Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands also have specific citizenship and residency requirements. Other states have no citizenship or residency restrictions.

More Questions on the Application Process

For quick questions and comments on CPA exam requirements by state, you can always drop me a note over at my Facebook page.

If you are getting serious in getting the CPA qualification, I have two mini-courses designed for candidates with different background:

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Comments

    • Stephanie says

      Thanks a lot for your kind comment, Vinayak. I will continue to add and update the information for you all.

  1. Stephanie says

    Marwan,

    I think I have addressed your question somewhere, but for Illinois, it has a “two-tier” system:

    For you don’t mind getting only the CPA certification, there is no working experience required.

    If you want a full CPA license, then 1 year of working experience is required.

    Please do check the difference between CPA certificate vs license, especially on the limitation on the certificate.

  2. Marwan says

    1- when you click on Dictrict of Columbia link under states letters , it go to washington page , please correct this

    2- please i need your help .. i have
    -120 semester hours (accounting major)
    -need certificate only after the cpa exam
    -without working experience
    which state is suitable for me ?

    • Stephanie says

      Hello Marwan, District of Columbia is commonly known as “Washington DC” (DC = District of Columbia). The link “WA” will link you to the Washington State.

      On your second question, you can simply fulfill the rest of the 30 semester hours somewhere — most (but not all) states accept online courses so this part shouldn’t be a problem, as long as these online courses are provided from “accredited educational institutions”.

      Are you happy with just the CPA certificate? If so, Illinois should work because there is no working experience required (still a 2-tier state — very few remaining now). If you want the full CPA license instead, then you have to make sure there are CPA (active CPA licensee, not certificate holder) living in your country that is willing to verify your experience for you. Also, it is much better to pick a state in which strict “supervision” of CPA (i.e. your boss has to be a CPA) is NOT required.

      I know that researching on the last point will drive everyone crazy — a list of “supervision” vs “verification” is also on my to-do list. In the meantime, please decide whether a CPA certificate is sufficient or not. If you aren’t planning to work in public accounting, maybe a cert is enough.

      It is true that you can’t act if you are a full-licensed CPA, and there may be restriction in putting the “CPA” title in your business card. However, you can still get the nice Wall Certificate that you can frame in the office, and you can put something like “Holder of CPA Certificate (US)” in your CV. Also, you can always apply for the full license at the next stage once you gather the 1-2 years of relevant work experience.

      Anyway, let me know your thoughts and we can work on it together. Stephanie

  3. Ruchika says

    Hi thanks, i see this information very useful. What i am still confused is that, and before i let you know that, I am a Chartered Accountant from India presently working in India for the past 4 years. I have been able to find which state should one go with and what is the exact procudure right from getting the documents authenticated to application to the state and then taking the exam. Is there an agency which can take you through each of the stages and whom to contact etc etc. Thanks for all the help.

  4. Stephanie says

    Hello Ruchika,

    Becker and Roger have this “ask the expert” link in their website that supposedly you can ask CPA exam requirement related questions. I have to say I find Becker not very helpful based on my own experience — they held an info session and handed out a list of CPA exam requirement by state, but were not able to answer questions beyond that sheet.

    I heard that CPAExcel could also be helpful. I have asked Leslie-Ann from CPAExcel to respond to your question here (because I can’t disclose your email to her). Hope we’ll hear from her soon.

    Cheers, Stephanie

  5. Leslie-Anne says

    Hi Ruchicka
    Stephanie asked that I respond to your question above and I would be delighted to help you. Would you like to e-mail me at la@cpaexcel.com? Not sure if you are in North America but if you are you can call me tol. free at 1-877-775-7652. My specialty is in helping candidates, especially those with education from outside the U.S., choose the best state and evaluator for their particular set of circumstances. all the best, Leslie-Anne

  6. Marwan says

    Thank you so much Stephanie for your care and your time also
    really you are so helpful,

    anyway i am now confused between
    Delware, Massachusetts ?

    (Delware allows me to set for the exam with 120 hours and to get the certificate and then permit to practice without SSN, but it doesn’t have reciprocity with other states and Canada”where i intend to go there in the near future” until the end on 2012
    also
    Masschusetts allow me to set for the exam and then complete my 150 credits in 3 years. although it doesn’t give non-reporting license to whom without SSN? but it has reciprocity with other states and Canada)

    then when i obtain 150 credits , i will transfer to Illinois … so what is your opinion ?

    and actually i do care more about the certificate rather than the license , but why i can miss the license if there is a chance to get it?

    i am on my way to attend first year classes in community college (2010-2011)- in the field of hospitality “Hotels management” for 24 credit hour … does it increase my international credit hours (bachelor of commerce accounting major with 120 credits) and then i can complete the rest with online classes ? if not what kind if studies or classes should i obtain to get the credits (specially to get the benefits from the first year community college) ?

    PLEASE
    try to help me as much as you can because i am so confused and wanna stop searching and do care about my studies and exams..

  7. Stephanie says

    Leslie-Anne, thanks for stopping over and lend a hand!

    Marwan, now I see what’s bothering you. I’d love to help you on this but I honestly don’t have the expertise if it has to deal with SSN and reciprocity…
    Let’s see if Leslie-Ann can help? She seems to be very nice – quick in responding to my request at least.
    Let me know how it goes. When you have sorted all out, I’ll write a big article on this (with your help!) I am sure many non-US candidates can learn from your experience.

    Yes you are exactly right — let’s get this sorted out so you can focus on the study and the exam! Cheers, Stephanie

  8. Marwan says

    Hi Stephanie,

    i don’t know how to thank you really

    but finally it seems like i will choose Delware

    if i get sure that it give a certificate upon your pass in cpa examination and Ethics exam (as Delware board site & NASBA CPA exam service site)

    and when i pass CPA and Ethics “God willing”, i will think how to obtain the 150 credits & license

    Regards, Marwan

  9. Warrencini says

    My question:
    Can I put “AICPA (Guam)” on my business card?

    Background information:
    -I am getting the Guam CPA.
    -Passed all 4 AICPA exams in Nov 2009
    -Got a California AICPA (practising) signed my experience affidavit
    -3 years of internal audit experience including quasi-governmental organization and a public practice accounting firm in Hong Kong

    Thanks very much for your help.

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Warrencini,

      Since Guam CPA licensing requirement only requires 1 year of working experience in public or non-public accounting supervised by a CPA license holder, you shouldn’t have problem getting your license. Congrats!

      Once you get your license, then certainly yes — you can put the title on the business card.

      One recommendation:
      If I were you, I would put “Warrencini, CPA” or “Warrencini, CPA (US)” on the business card as supposed to “Warrencini, AICPA (Guam)”.
      Especially Guam — with all respect to the Guam state, it’s just not a place associated with finance, accounting or anything like that.
      People who don’t know the CPA exam process (99.99% of people out there) would assume that you go for a shortcut and get an easy qualification from a tourist paradise.

      Maybe you are asking whether you can put the “AICPA” title after you get the AICPA membership but before you get the CPA license approved?

      Sure you can, but I would wait just a little bit longer to get the globally-recognized “CPA” title. Again, “AICPA” sounds confusing especially if you are living in Hong Kong. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  10. Warrencini says

    Big thanks to you, Stephanie.

    The Guam assistant administrator emailed me saying that my licence will get signed by April 15. The licence will be mailed out to my Canada address in late April.

    I will be going back to Vancouver, BC to join my brother’s consulting company as a 50% shareholder.
    I browsed the BC Bylaw and noticed that… if I need to call myself “CPA”, I need to be member of CA (Canada-province name) or CGA (Canada-province name).

    I am looking for a state that is eligible for reciprocal exam (called CARE) with ICABC (CA – BC).
    Anyhow, it’s been a great help from you.

    Have a nice day.

  11. Warrencini says

    Just share my info…

    I just got the reply from ICABC … the admission lady told me that Guam is a recognized state for CARE (reciprocal from AICPA to CICA)… but full reciprocy is subject to experience assessment.

    Will update ppl here when I get the full assessment result after May…

    Good luck everyone.

    • Stephanie says

      That’s excellent Warrencini! I have a fair number of Canadian readers and I really appreciate you letting all of us know about the reciprocy from AICPA and CICA. Thanks again and please do give us an update! Stephanie

  12. Marwan says

    Thank you Warrencini
    for your caring and info
    really i am going to set for cpa exams at the end of the year and also will move to Canada God willing with 2 years and i am willing to know more about the reciprocy between AICPA-CICA
    as i know it needs to have a 150 credit hour Bachelor
    and a license from a recognized US state
    is it right?
    anyway wish you all the best
    and update us with your new news
    in order to help us as we used to get from this wonderful website
    thank you both Stephanie & Warrencini

  13. Warrencini says

    Hi Marwan,

    Just an emphasis on my info. My case may only be applicable to BC, but not other provinces in Canada.

    Good luck

  14. Warrencini says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Just a little comment on your post dated March 31, 2010…

    Guam Board of Accountancy recognizes experience anywhere AS LONG AS those experience was signed off by a PRACTISING CPA during the following period:

    1) the time when the applicant’s claimed experience
    2) the time when applicant applys for the licence

    Thanks for your other comments as well.

  15. Marwan says

    Hi Warrencini,
    thank you for replying
    i have a relative in Vancouver, BC and this is where i am planning to stay
    wish you all the best
    good luck

  16. Warrencini says

    Hi Marwan,

    Great… I am going to Vancouver next Monday… maybe we can meet up in Vancouver… :)

  17. Marwan says

    Hi Warrencini,
    Great too, but as i told you before , i am going to it in 2 years ..God willing.. (so far) :)
    anyway sure i hope to meet you then
    this is my email to be in touch
    casper_boy_5@hotmail.com
    wish you all the best
    good luck & take care

  18. Vineeta says

    Does anyone know from where to get the study material for CARE exam of CICA ? I am hoping to get material provided by the institute in 2009 as 2010 is still under review by the institute.

  19. Warrencini says

    The province’s CA website has information about taking cram courses for the CARE. Becker and Kaplan also have those courses.

    Stephanie, I will update you guys about the reciprocy once I get my CPA licence from Guam in May 2010.

  20. Hetal Bhavsar says

    Hi! I am Chartered Accountant from India, currently working in Bangalore. I want to acquire CPA degree so that I can work in Texas where preferably my husband is planning to settle in US. Will this selection be suitable for me? Also which other states can I take transfer and take up the job? By the way I am planning to take a job and not start my own practice. Please let me know how can I start the entire process…from application to study to exam to result to certificate to licence…in short end to end. Thanks in advance…hope to see your reply very soon so that I can start my studies in time…..thanks…Hetal Bhavsar, Bangalore, India.

  21. Hui says

    Hi, Stephanie,

    I’ve got a bunch of information from your website. I do appreciate your patience and willingness of sharing. I am a Chinese student in USA, will get my Master in Accounting in the coming August. I’m preparing to sit for CPA exam in this summer, however, to decide which state I should apply for almost drive me crazy. Because I’m going to go back to China to work, I’m seeking a state that either issues me a CPA certificate (vs license) without working experience, or accepts my later working experience in China to satisfy the working experience requirement for license application. Would you please give me some suggestions? I’m in Florida now, but I can not apply for Florida CPA even if it is a two-tier system state, because the CPA grades would expire after three years if you do not have related working experience then. It’s terrible! Appreciate it! — Hui

    • Stephanie says

      Hello Hui,
      Good news that you have a master degree, so seems like you’ll get your 150 credit hours with no problem.
      Illinois used to be the perfect state for you but since it is scrapping its 2 tier system in a couple of months I think the best state for you is…

      Colorado.

      Colorado only requires 120 credit hours to sit for the exam but if you have 150 credit hours you should be able to qualify for the “education in lieu of experience”. In fact I am going to write more about it in the Colorado page in the next few days, but please go to some research yourself first. It’s under “Rule 2.5″ of the Colorado Board Rules. If it looks applicable to you, then you should go ahead to the foreign credential evaluation services and ask for an evaluation specifically for this “Colorado Rule 2.5″ purposes. These services range from same-day to 6 weeks depending on the agency you choose. Here is the link on the foreign credential evaluationn agencies for your reference.

      Please note: Colorado license cannot be transferred to another states (because it is considered “easier” to get). But looks like it’s not a problem for you.

      Let me know if Colorado applies to you and I’ll see what I can do from here. Stephanie

  22. Jerry says

    Hi, Stephanie,

    I found this is a wonderful website! Thanks for putting information together.

    I am an active Indiana CPA and now work in Canada and looking for CARE in Ontario. I just noted that IN and ON have no reciprocity! (I just emailed ON person to confirm whether I am eligible to take CARE and whether the list is updated, my understanding is that I am not eligible per note on the form, please see link below http://www.icao.on.ca/Forms/1008page2579.pdf)

    I am thinking to endorse my IN CPA license in Illinois because it is listed on Ontario CA-CPA Reciprocity list now, which means I can take CARE this year, but I want to be a licensed CPA instead of a registered CPA because I am thinking to work back in US some years later.

    My questions are:
    1. According to notice linked below, IL will transit to one-tier in July 1, 2010. http://www.icpas.org/hc-certification.aspx?id=7410, do you think it is a good idea to endorse CPA in Illinois? Do you see any obstacles or disadvantages from your past experience?
    2. Can I maintain both IN and IL CPA license at same time if I have enough CPE? Does 120hr CPE satisfy both states?

    By the way, I think Indian need 2 year work experience, it is not necessarily in CPA firm though, also, if you hold Master degree prior 2000 (or 2001?, no working experience is needed), See frequently asked question section http://www.in.gov/pla/accountancy.htm.

    Thanks for your comments!

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Jerry,
      Your comment was pending for moderation because it contains more than 2 links (spam protection policy). Anyway, of course it’s been cleared now.
      I’d love to check out the solutions for you but may need some time, because I usually answer questions related to application vs reciprocity. But yours is a very valid question and I would love to be helpful. Will get back to you on this ok? Cheers, Stephanie

  23. Warren says

    Hi Hui and Stephanie,

    Washington state. may fit you.

    Steps to follow:
    1) write the uniform cpa exams (designate to Washington State)
    2) write the ethics exam (get 90% in that exam)
    3) work at least 1 year in accounting/auditng/management consulting
    4) get a CPA signed your experience (remember that CPA has to get his/her licence (practising public accounting) for at least 5 yrs and is practising public accounting during the period you obtain your work experience. (see details in link below)

    http://www.cpaboard.wa.gov/CertificateLicense/interstate_reciprocity.shtml

    Hope it helps.

    • Stephanie says

      Thanks a lot Warren. After Washington switches to the 150 credit hour rule it’s not as popular to international candidates, but looks like Washington works for you as well as long as you don’t mind getting the 1 year relevant working experience. Stephanie

  24. Warren says

    Just to share my feeling here:

    I submitted my applications for my CPA licence to Guam Board of Accountancy on Mar 17, 2010. But I still cannot get mine today. Pretty frustrated…

    • Stephanie says

      Indeed, how frustrating! Warren, if it takes longer you can always check with the Guam rep in case there is a missing document or something. Best, Stephanie

  25. Warrencini says

    Hi Jerry,

    I guessed the following site is what you referred to:

    http://www.icao.on.ca/Admissions/MembershipCandidacy/101
    1page1663.pdf

    At the very bottom of that document, it says “the information herein is subject to change without US State Board’s notice…”

    Based on this, I went to NASBA’s site to see if Indiana is the state that adopts:
    1)150-hr rule
    2)CPA exams passed
    3)State Board’s individual experience requirements

    According to this NASBA site,

    https://www.nasbatools.com/display_page?id=105

    Indiana is among the states that meet the substantial equivalency under section 23 of the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA).

    I wonder if you can show ICAO that list and get the reciprocity request approved.

    Cheers

    • Stephanie says

      Thanks so much Warrencini — maybe you can help write a guest post for our Canadian readers! Stephanie

  26. Jerry says

    Thanks a lot, Stephanie and Warren.

    To follow up your comments, Warren, I think the issue for now is whether ON CA board grant Indiana CPA to take CARE, it is indicated on the application form that the reciprocity is granted only to CPA whose state does not require CA to take final CPA exam, please see NOTE on lower bottom at link below: http://www.icao.on.ca/Admissions/MembershipCandidacy/1011page1663.pdf

    To settle down this issue, I guess I have to convince Indian board grant CA to take international qualification examination first, and then, I file application as a Indian CPA to take CARE in ON, both procedures may take so much time, I can’t wait that long.

    Stephanie, I am still waiting for reply from Ontario CA board coordinator regarding whether CPA with Indiana can take CARE directly, I will get back to you when I hear anything…, if Indiana is ok, then I don’t need to endorse in Illinois, I am hoping this but not positive.

  27. David says

    Hi Stephanie,

    I found your site recently while doing some search in Google. Your site is very informative.

    I passed my CPA exam in NY in 1994 when it was still in paper and pencil format. NY doesn’t require candidate to sit for all 4 parts. So I took it by part and finished in one year. Anyway, I’m planning to apply for a certificate from one of the 2-tiered states. Do you know if there was any sitting requirements from any of them?

    • Stephanie says

      Hi David,
      I’m glad you find the site informative! As you may know, lots of new rules and regulations have been added since 1994 and the state boards have been tightening up their licensing requirements so it will be “uniform” throughout the US. Having said that, your case *may* have grandfathered because you passed before 2000 when the 150-hour initiative was starting to taking off.

      Anyway, I’d like to help you find a suitable state for you to get qualified, but for now, would you mind checking these 2-tiered states as marked by NASBA?
      https://www.nasbatools.com/display_page?id=105

      Please note that Illinois is turning into a 1-tier state effective July 1, 2010. It used to be my favorite two-tiered state but I’m not sure if you have enough time to put in the papers and so on.

      This is not directly related to your request but you may find this CPA reciprocity page a useful background info.

      If you have found one that works before I do, please let me know so I can write a short article for the benefit of other readers. Thanks! Stephanie

  28. Natalie Dyer says

    I find your website to be very helpful. However i am still a bit confused. I reside in Jamaica and i completed a technician accounting exam (AAT british based) then moved on to complete the ACCA. This i have finished about two years ago. I do not possess a first degree. I was employed as a financial accountant and i am currently employed as a Financial Controller. I am considering doing the CPA exams as an enhancement to my credentials. Can you say what the best route is?

    • Stephanie says

      Hello Natalie,
      Do you have like an “associate” degree? This is a US term but let’s say do you have something like a technical, 3-year degree in community college or vocational college?

      Because the minimum requirement to sit for the CPA exam is to have a degree.

      Please let me know and I’ll see how I can offer further assistance. Stephanie

  29. Warrencini says

    Finally got my CPA certificate and initial licence to practice from Guam yesterday, May 28, 2010.

    I am going to file the CARE (reciprocal) assessment application these days. Will let you guys know the result later.

    • Stephanie says

      Congratulations! Would love to know how you do on the reciprocity. Cheers, Stephanie

  30. Warrencini says

    Thanks Stephanie. I just filled in the ICABC (CA in BC, Canada) membership application form this morning. I was asked to show the “letter of good standing” from AICPA / State Board. I wonder how I can get those. I also paid the USD $460 membership fee yesterday.

    Hopefully can get the result and let you guys know the details.

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Warrencini, letter of good standing is a relatively standard document, but you know how the state boards are… Maybe the best thing is to check with Guam State Board / AICPA directly. Hopefully it is something they are willing to provide quickly for a fee.
      Thanks for keeping us updated! Stephanie

  31. Warrencini says

    Hi Stephanie, AICPA just emailed me (with the letter of good standing attached) on June 2. Both AICPA and the State Board can provide that letter.

    I just handed in the application form to ICABC (CA in BC, Canada) and I will be handing to ICAO (CA in Ontario) and CGA-BC later this week.

    Will post the update here …

    Thanks for your response.

    • Stephanie says

      Warrencini — great to know AICPA and Guam State Board can provide the letter of good standing. Sounds like it is quite easy to get. Thanks for sharing all the info!
      stephanie

  32. Brian says

    Hi Stephanie, I need some advice.

    I am a CPA candidate from Delaware but I am living and working in Toronto, Canada (I’m a Canadian Citizen). I’ve worked in an accounting role under the supervision of a Chartered Accountant in Canada for almost 3 years.

    Delaware recently changed the work experience requirements in May, 2010. I can no longer get a licensed Chartered Accountant in Canada to sign of on my practical work experience for me to get the CPA license in Delaware.

    I only have a bachelors degree in accounting which means I don’t have more than 150 semseter credits.

    I want the CPA license, which state should I transfer to in order to meet my needs ? I’ve been doing some research but it looks like no states are good for me. PLEASE HELP!

    Much appreciated,
    Brian

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Brian,
      If this is the case let’s look into the other states with 120 semester hours requirement first. That would be California, Colorado, New Hampshire.
      For CA, I assumes you don’t have a social security number, if so, DON’T go through that because you need it to get the license.
      For CO and New Hampshire, you will have to work in a public accounting firm. Does it apply to you?
      Please let me know and I will try my best to see how I can help.
      Regards,
      Stephanie

    • Stephanie says

      Hello Warrencini,
      Ha ha it sounds quite complicated — hopefully not as much as the CPA exam requirements! Stephanie

  33. Brian says

    Unfortunately, I do not work in Public accounting. I work in financial reporting for a large cap publicly traded US company in Canada.

    It seems I’m SOTL…. I’m extremely upset Delaware changed the requirements without notice to any of its CPA candidates. I had to check website and print the affidavit forms to find out that they had already changed in May 2010…

    Do I have any other options ?

    Brian

  34. Warrencini says

    Hi Brian, if you don’t mind spending a bit of time, you may go for Illinois (certificate doesn’t need experience). Then, network with CPA online or whatever ways you can think of and get that practising CPA to sign your experience. It took me almost 2 months to find that CPA. Hope it won’t take long for you.

    Hi Stephanie, I just received the letter from ICABC (CA in BC) that they grant me the right to write the CARE (reciprocal exam). But my experience doesn’t meet their “depth” requirement. ICABC’s experience requirement has “depth” and “breadth” components.

    Anyhow, my conclusion is… assuming you have 3 years “qualifying experience” (view ICABC website for details) and you are a licensee (not just certificate) of Guam, you are eligible to write the CARE exam. Once you pass it, you can call yourself CA, CPA in BC.

  35. Brian says

    Warrencini,

    Don’t you need a CPA to sign off on your practical experience ? I thought that the CPA needs to be your supervisor at work? I’ve never heard of just getting the certificate from illinois and then getting a random active/licensed CPA to sign off on your work experience. Can you confirm this ? do you have a link to the illinois BOA that states this ?

    Thanks,
    Brian

  36. Warrencini says

    Brian

    As you mentioned, you didn’t work audit (assurance) in Tortono. You may not be able to get the license from Illinois (see following website)
    http://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/DPR/toggledpr_RCPA.asp

    In short, it says, there are Registered (non-audit) or Licensed (audit) CPA in Illnois; however, after July 1, 2010, Registered CPA (non-audit) will no longer exist.

    Hope it helps.

    Based on your description, you’re not working audit (or other assurance), I doubt that

    • Stephanie says

      Thanks Warrencini. Yes unfortunately the Illinois route no longer works. I understand many Canadians went through that before.
      Stephanie

      Brian, this is tough… the only option I can think of is for you to take the extra 30 semester units, then get qualified for Colorado’s “education in lieu of experience” requirement. But then, I am not too familiar with how this may impact any reciprocity rules with Canada. Colorado licensees often have trouble in this regard because they allow people to get away with getting the experience requirements…

      Anyway, I know it means for studying which is terribly annoying, but please take a look at Colorado and see if it works for you.

      stephanie

  37. Brian says

    Warrencini,

    I am aware that I can no longer get the RCPA from Illinois due to the July 1st, 2010 window close. This means that without the CPA license I cannot transfer to Washington (refering to your post on June 12).

    Any suggestions Stephanie ?

    Brian

  38. Sapana says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am Sapana, have 3 yr B. Com (India) & CA (India) looking for state selection. based on ur posts and info on this site, I’ve evaluated 2 options for me.
    First, I can apply Delaware on the basis of 3 yr B. Com but wont be able to get work-ex verified by CPA as required and hence Iwont get CPA certificate.
    I can apply to Colorado on the basis of my CA with NACES evaluation and I can get CPA certificate on the basis of additional educational credit (rather than work-ex verified by CPA or Aus CA)
    What do you suggest. Do u have any idea B com & CA fetches how many credits? Please advise me and thx for the wonderful work u r doing. God Bless U.
    Regards,
    Sapana

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Sapana, thanks for your kind words on my site. It really helps me keeping the site useful and updated for everyone.

      I think Delaware won’t work for you if you can’t get the experience verified, because merely passing the CPA exam doesn’t mean much (no wall certificate, can’t join AICPA, in other words, no “proof” that you are a CPA)

      Why don’t you try Colorado? Roughly speaking, B.com + CA should get you the 120 semester hours to sit for the Colorado exam, but it depends on which university you went to and what grades etc. Please take a look at the foreign credential evaluation page and pay attention to WES’ Indian policy and see if it applies to you.

      After you apply and get qualified to write the exam, you can then take the remaining courses and fulfill the 150 hours requirement.

      One last note: because Colorado is “easier” on the requirements, it is deemed a “non-substantially equivalent state”. You can check on the impact in this CPA reciprocity page and see if you mind that before proceeding.

      Just come back if you need more guidance. Hope things will work for you! Stephanie

  39. SARA says

    hellooo, i found this site very helpful,i hope my questions would be answered! i am a fresh graduate,accounting major.BUT no work experience , i am willing to sit for the CPA exam (two parts) in Nov 2010 but i was thinking if i passed all the four parts can i get a certificate that i am a “holder of CPA certificate” ! and plzz which state do u advise me to apply, i was thiniking of New Hampshire or Illinois cuz i heard they dont require the 2 years experience, but also for the future i would like to have the lisence.. i would appreciate it if u help me and offer me some guidines thanksssss

  40. Elena Agapov says

    Hello,
    This site is great for the information I need!!! I do have some
    question….
    I earned my bachelor degree in Economics is Romania and for the past 4 years I’ve been working as an accounts specialist in Florida. I want to sit down for the CPA exams and I sent my transcripts and evaluation to the Florida Board of Accountancy. A few days ago, I received their response and I need 15 credits in order to qualify (Taxation Accounting, Financial Accounting, Cost & Managerial Accounting, Law…). How can I go about completing these classes? Do I need to enroll in a master degree?
    I am not familiar with the schooling system and I don’t know how to go about it.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you!

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Elena,
      I am not very familiar to FL, but typically you can take online courses from accredited universities to make up the credits. Please double check with FL State Board though (check their website) and see if there is any restriction, in particular, please make sure whether they recognize online course or whether you are ok with courses offered outside of FL.

      Other than that, just take the most convenient / cheapest one available. The sole purpose of this is to fulfill the requirement.

      Hope it helps a little bit? Stephanie

  41. Sarf says

    Hi Stephanie,

    I found your website very resourceful and informative. Its given me some clarity about AICPA and the process of obtaining a license. Keep up the great work!

    However, I am struggling to choose a state that would fit my requirements. I am from New Zealand. I am a graduate with a conjoined degree in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems and Accounting respectively. Usually 1 degree takes 3 years to complete in New Zealand, but a conjoined degree takes 4 years. I qualify for New Zealand CA and Australian CPA entrance and exam requirements. But AICPA appeals to me as I intend to move to US or Canada after my certification and also because of its world wide appeal and parity with CA qualification in other countries.

    I have no working experience in accounting sector but i have a strong desire to work in public accounting.

    To summarize, I am not sure if I qualify under the 150 hour rule with my qualification and I have no working experience. I was wondering which “substantially equivalent state” i could take an exam to gain a CPA certificate (without working experience) and then gain experience to obtain a license. I would really appreciate your help and assistance.

    Cheers,
    Sarf

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Sarf,
      First of all, thanks for your kind note!
      Looks like you may fall under the 4-year degree category i.e. 120 semester hours. Please take a look at this page and see if it helps.
      But generally, if you don’t have 150 credit hours AND experience, chances are that you need to make up either one of them to get the full license. So please decide whether you want to:
      (1) take the cpa exam first and then work to gain the experience required
      (2) fulfill the 150 credit hours and then go through the “Education in lieu of experience” requirement in Colorado.

      Please note that for (1), some specifically require public accounting experience so be prepared to work in an accounting firm.
      For (2), please note that Colorado is not a substantially equivalent state. Looks like you are looking for one that is; if so option (2) won’t be available.

      Another thought for you is to pass the Austrlian CPA exam first because you can obtain the US CPA much more easily. This is because Australia CPA is considered substantially equivalent to the US and Australia is part of the “IQAB” countries that have reciprocal agreement with the US. I don’t know much about the specifics but you can check the NASBA website (http://www.nasba.org/nasbaweb/NASBAWeb.nsf/wpeip?openform). They have a section on IQBX, the examination for these candidates.

      Hope things will work out for you!
      Stephanie

  42. Dell says

    California has a Form G CPA that only one year of general experience under a CPA is needed if you have a MS Tax or MS Accounting or graduate degree

  43. says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I have received a payment coupon from NASBA. I just wanted to know in how many days can I make the payment to NASBA. Also there is a expiration date on the coupon, my coupon expires on 12/11/2010. So does this mean I need to make the payment before this date? or is there any 90 day time limit?

    • Stephanie says

      hi Mita,
      I know at least for some states e.g. Oregon there is a 90 day time limit. Not sure the requirement from your state.
      But I would think you won’t receive your NTS before the payment, and without the NTS you can’t schedule your exam.

      Unless there is a particular reason, I would recommend you pay ASAP.

      Of course, if there is a reason, please let me know if I can be of further help.

      Regards, Stephanie

  44. Sapana says

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thx a lot for the info abt CO. I want to know if Illinois is still a two teir Board, I heared that they are scrapping this. Is that true? What you think abt me going for Illinois?
    Regards
    Sapana

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Sapana,
      Unfortunately IL is no longer a 1-tier state effective July 1, 2010: please check here.
      Probably not to sit for IL unless you live there. Stephanie

  45. Mita says

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thnx a lot for your reply. I will be doing my CPA from Virginia but in few months we are planning to shift to some other state. So was wondering if I received my NTS now with VA address, will I be able to change the address again on NTS? If yes, then what is the procedure? and how long will it take to do the same?

    Regards,
    Mita

  46. Aidan says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for putting up this wonderful website. I was wondering if you may be able to help me with the current dilemma that I am in. I recently passed all the CPA exams, as well as the ethical exam. I am registered with the State of Colorado, however I am a Canadian citizen and currently not working in the accounting field. I will eventually obtain my CA designation as well. I notice that are expiry dates on the exam credits that I obtained. Do you know if the expiry dates are related to the completion of all four exams or if the expiry dates are related to the the last date that I must obtain my licensing? Since I am not working in any accounting firm currently, I do not believe I can obtain the licensing hours required before the expiry date. Should I transfer my exam credits to another state like Illinois? Also I thought Colorado provides you with 5 years to obtain the required licensing hours before the expiration date of the exam credits if you passed them all? I wanted to confirm that. Because if the expiration date of the credits are like 5 years, I will definitely obtain the required 1 year of accounting experience within the 5 years span, however if not, I will definitely have to transfer my credits to another state, like Illinois.

    Thanks for your help!

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Aidan,
      Thanks for your kind note!

      Just want to make sure we are on the same page… What are the expiry dates? It it looks something like the 18 months from the time you pass your first section of the exam, then yes it should be just related to the 18-month window and no need to worry about it.

      Yes my understanding is that you’ll have 5 years to obtain the licensing requirements for Colorado. By the way, in case you somehow fulfill the 150 semester requirements in the future, you can go through the “education in lieu of experience” rule and get the license immediately.

      Please note that Colorado is not a substantially equivalent state so there is some restrictions if you plan to practice public accountant in other states. If this is your plan it’d be worthwhile to transfer to IL for example. But if you get this mostly for credentials only, don’t worry about the hassle.

      hope it helps!
      Stephanie

  47. Umer Farooq says

    Hi Stephanie,

    First of all i must take this oppertunity to congratulate you for coming up with such an informative website. I am looking forward to appear for the CPA exam in 2011. I am an ACCA member+ Bsc (First Class Hons) Applied Accoutning Oxford Brookes University. I worked for Ernst & Young as an External Auditor for two years. Currently i am working as a Senior Accounting Officer , in the Accounting and Financial Control Function for a Multinational Bank. Can you please guide me that :
    a) which state would be ideal for me if i only intend to attain a CPA certificate ( not a license)
    b) if i can have my work experience verified from a CPA License holder which state would be ideal for me.
    C) is non public accounting experience recognized for licensing

    Thanks for your help

    Umer

    • Stephanie says

      Hello Umer,

      Thanks a lot for your kind note!

      You are SO qualified I’d hate to see you not getting the CPA license in the US!

      Anyway, I am not too familiar with the requirements for ACCA, but if you manage to fulfill the 150 semester hours requirement (essentially like a 5 year university program or 4 years of university + 1 year of masters)

      If you do fulfill the requirements, you should be able to get a CPA cert/license in most of the states.

      But if you can only fulfill say 120 semester hours, then check out this page where I list out the options for international candidates — since you have public accounting experience that can be verified by CPA (but he/she should be your supervisor and has a valid CPA license, not just certificate — can check this online), then several states should work.

      And on non-public accounting experience, many do recognize this but it’s hard to generalize for all 50 states.

      So why don’t you take a look at this page first, and let me know how you have fulfilled the education requirement, and we can go from there. Stephanie

  48. SYED SAJID says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for providing a very helpful advice for people like myself.

    Q1. I am working in the USA for last 17 years. Does my experience will get any credit for appearing for CPA exams in any of the USA State?

    2. I have a foreign Accounting Bachelors degree, FACS has evaluated for a USA Bachelors in 1991. Do I have to revaluate my degree again as the last evaluation was done 20 year ago.

    3. Presently I am working with a license CPA as an intern and I am not paid for all the time I work with them. They only reimburse some of my expenses. How do I show my experience for how many hours or time in terms of weeks and month etc?
    Do I have to produce W-2 or 1099 etc to prove my work with them?

    4. Which state is best to appear in Exam at present? I am thinking for Delaware or Georgia.

    5. After passing the CPA exam if I move from Delaware or Georgia to NY or NJ do I need to appear for CPA exams again in these states (NY/NJ) etc?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Syed Sajid

  49. Stephanie says

    Hi SYED SAJID,
    I am very happy that you find this site useful! So let me see how I can be helpful here…

    I am going to answer your questions in a slightly different order if it’s ok for you:

    4. On choosing a state, it should first of all depend on the educational requirement you have fulfilled at the present. Do you have 150 semester hours? Or 120? Or 90? If 90 hours, then Delaware is your only choice; but with 120 hours you can still go for a few states. Please check out this page on the popular states for international candidates.

    By the way, you don’t need to register for the state you are currently residing, because you can actually register for one state and physically take the exam in another.

    5. After passing the exam, you will need to fulfill the licensing requirements to get the certificate/license. If your state is considered substantially equivalent, then your license is recognized anywhere throughout the US. But if it’s not, then you may need to do something about it. Check out the link to find out more.

    1. On the working experience, if it is related to accounting, then yes it can be counted for most of the states. Please note however that there are a few (I think Georgia included, if I remember correctly) that will only recognize working experience AFTER passing the exam.

    2. Sorry I don’t know the answer but you can check with FACS directly. They are great in responding email queries (within 1 business days from my experience).

    3. I think non-paid jobs are ok as long as your superviser is a valide CPA licensee (i.e. he/she is still paying the dues and fulfill the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements), and that he/she is willing to verify your experience.

    Hope things will work out for you!
    Stephanie

  50. Niket Shah says

    Hi,
    I am chartered accountatn in INDIA and want to know that do I need to pass any formalities if I want to give exam in state of COLORADO. Means any training of 150 hours or something like that.

  51. Priyanka Bengani says

    Hello Stephanie,
    First of all I must be thankful to you for coming up with informative website.
    I am Priyanka, having a 3 yr B. Com Hons(India) & CA (India) will be reaching Pittsburg,PA in the 1st week of August 2010 and will be staying there for 8mths to 1yr. I planning to do CPA and thus first of all looking for state selection.Based on ur posts and info on this site, I’ve evaluated that if I apply for Colorado on the basis of my CA with NACES evaluation and I can get CPA certificate on the basis of additional educational credit but Colorado is one of the NOT SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT STATES , so I wont be getting the license. Hence I am totally confused how should I approach and how to fulfill all the application requirement.
    Do u have any idea B com & CA fetches how many credits? Please advise me and thanks again for the great work u r doing. God Bless you.
    Regards,
    Priyanka

  52. Prasanna says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks so much to you for this website, forum and discussion, simply wonderful. Can anyone clarify my doubts on experience requirements
    1) A non public accounting experience : Is it considered, whats the minimum duration and is it required to be certified by a licensed cpa supervisor, or which are the states that allow non licensed cpa’s to certify work exp. or licensed non supervisors to certify ? It’s complicated I know…any info wud be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Niketan

  53. stephanie says

    Hi Priyanka ,
    Thank you for your kind words!
    May I ask what is your ultimate goal of getting the CPA? If it is for credentials only, then going through Colorado is ok (I assume you are choosing to get extra credits and go for the education in lieu of experience requirement).

    The fact that it is a non-substantially equivalent state doesn’t affect you if you just want to get the CPA title in your CV.

    However, if you would like to actually work as a public accountant in PA (or anywhere in the US) then it will be something you need to worry about. Given that you only stay there for <1 year it sounds like you aren't planning to be working in a CPA firm.

    I might be wrong though… please let me know if my understanding is correct, but sounds like CO could work for you, if you go for the education in lieu of experience route.

    By the way, Illinois has reopened the route to get a "CPA certificate" (i.e. not yet a CPA license, but you are allowed to use the CPA title with some restriction). The requirement is also 150 semester hours with no experience required.

    To apply please make sure you have a set of marksheets/transcript because IL requires originals for their own evaluation. They said they will mail back but who knows… so if you are still in India, see if you can get an extra copy before you leave for the US.

    Hope it helps. Just come back if you need any guidance.

    Cheers
    Stephanie

  54. Stephanie says

    Hello Niketan,
    Thank for your encouraging words. You guys are so nice!
    On the verification of experience, whether it is public or non-public accounting experience, you will need to be verified (and depending on the state, also supervised) by an active licensed CPA.

    Most states recognize “CPA equivalent”. In most cases, it means chartered accountants from Canada and Australia (note: NOT from India). But you’ll have to double check because states such as Delaware only recognizes CPA US as the verifier.

    On the minimum duration, it really depends on the state. CO and IL requires no experience in some circumstances, but most need 1-2 years of relevant experience.

    A few states they recognize 3 years of non-public accounting = 1 year of public accounting experience, while others don’t recognize non-public accounting altogether.

    Sorry it isn’t a very specific answer but since there are so many states with different requirements it is hard to generalize. But hopefully it can point you to a direction where you can do more research. If you need more help, please drop me a note. Thanks!
    stephanie

  55. Aparna says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am in Atlanta,GA currently preparing for CPA am about to compete the course by Feb2011. I have a BCom degree from India and got my credits evaluated from FACS and got a 120 semester hours which is equivalent to an associates degree. I have registered myself with the Delaware state board but want to have my license and work in Atlanta,GA as it is my permanent residence now. Which course should i complete to obtain the 150 semester hours? I have no work experience. Please help. Thanks and gr8 to find your site .

    • Stephanie says

      Hello Aparna,
      Thanks your your note. Actually, may I clarify a bit on the education requirement: we need to look at the number of credit hours and the degree qualification as two items. So, for number of hours, it is easy to fulfill because you can simply take some courses to get to the 150 semester hour requirement.

      However, for the degree, if yours is deemed an associate degree, then you can’t really get qualified in any state other than delaware unless you get another degree that is considered a full, 4-year degree in the US or equivalent to the US; or even better, a master’s degree in relevant subject (if that’s the case, no need to do extra courses to fulfill that 150 semester hours).

      Hope it helps? Stephanie

  56. Chris says

    Hi,

    Thanks for the informative post.

    I passed all 4 exams as a Colorado applicant, but now am looking to transfer to Illinois as a Registered CPA. Can you point me in the direction as to how I can go about doing so. (please note my transcripts are foreign, from Canada). Thanks.

  57. kalpesh says

    madam,i am currently pursuing chartered accountancy in india and in future i want to work in usa as an cpa in an accounting field and also with chartered accountancy i will complete my b.com as well as m.com so which state is best for me or what is average education expenditure please reply

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Kalpesh,

      I think that if you get your m.com you will likely be eligible for the CPA exam in most states. But given India follows the British system (3 years of bachelor) vs the US’ 4-year system it will be up to the evaluation agencies to “translate” the credits for you.

      Also, if you plan to work in the accounting field, it will be better if you can choose one of the substantially equivalent states that give you the freedom to practice anywhere in the US. You can read about the background and implications here.

      On expenditure, please expect around US$1,000 for the cpa exam fees, plus the CPA review courses. This course is not mandatory, but I personally think it’s critical for candidates to pass the CPA exam. The one I recommend which I believe is best value for money is US$1,500 (yes, still expensive). Also, please take into account the travel and accommodation costs as well as visa costs for international candidates. So it is quite a bit of investment but in the long run it’s worth it in my opinion.

      If you have further questions, please let me know! Stephanie

  58. kalpesh says

    thank you very much but its my final decision to do cpa(america) but my question is my chartered accountancy+b.com+m.com=how many credit hours for u.s.a?
    and which state is best for me and yes i want to work in accounting field first of i thought that colorado or micigan are the best state now i want to ask you that which are the state who do not require work experience and as per your view which are the states that are suitable for me where i can quickly get job please reply

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Kalpesh,
      Sorry but I can’t tell you whether you are qualified based on the fact that you have a CA + b.com + m.com alone. It is not as simple as that because the professional evaluators look at your transcript on a course by course basis and possibly other factors such as your university, grades and so on.

      So you really have to submit your transcripts / marksheets to one of these foreign credential evaluation agencies to find out.

      Traditionally Colorado recognizes Indian CA as the eduaction requirement but they no longer do this, but I know they do have credits (something like 40 credith hours?) for CA certificate holders. So you can consider Colorado.

      Another good thing about Colordao is that if you have 150 hours and go through the “eduaction in lieu of experience” route you don’t need any experience to get their license. The bad thing about CO is that you may restricted to work across CPA as a public accountant because it is not a substantially equivalent state.

      Illnois is another state that does not require working experience if you only look for a CPA certificate. To find out the details and difference between CPA cert and license please go to the Illinois CPA exam requirements page.

      Cheers
      Stephanie

  59. kalpesh says

    ok fine think that it is fulfilling 150 hours or more so after that which are the best states for me where work experience is not required or where i can easily get job and i dont want to do cpa for certificate but as i want to work as cpa in usa that is the main reason that i want to do cpa please give me the list of states for my question

  60. Stephanie says

    Hi Kapesh,
    I am afraid there is no such state that will give you a full CPA license without any working experience except for Colorado (and they plan to change it in 2015). The CPA title is highly regarded because they have high standard: everyone essentially needs to fulfill the 3Es: education, exam and experience.

    Regards, Stephanie

  61. kalpesh says

    ok fine can this is possible that first i will pass the cpa examination and after that i will gather work experience for my licening so i have many choice to choose the state

  62. zarak says

    hi stephanie

    hope u r doing good.i have one question from you is that, when i filled my application to sit in exam as an international student then what kind of visa do i got and how?? whether the board issue I-20 form to support visa application???
    i ll be thank full for a brief answer from ur side
    takecare

  63. Stephanie says

    Hmm… from where I live people just file a tourist visa I think, because they are going to stay for a few days. But is it going to be difficult from where you live?

    Stephanie

  64. Stephanie says

    Hi kalpesh,
    Yes certainly you can first pass the CPA exam then work to gain the working experience required. This is what the State Board wants you to do anyway. Hope things will work out for you!
    Cheers, Stephanie

  65. kalpesh says

    thank you very much for providing such guidelines if in future i will have any type of question than i will communicate with you again thank you very much

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Kalpesh,
      That’s great — looking forward to “seeing” you here again soon! Stephanie

  66. Madhavi says

    Hello Stephanie

    you said that 18 months period starts ticking once we pass 1st paper.Then for rest of the 3 papers we have 18 months, i.e.6 months time period for each paper.Am I understood it correctly?

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Madhavi,
      Actually you can for example pass the second, third and forth section of the exam all in the last month of the 18 month period and it’d still be ok, i.e it’s pretty flexible in between. Stephanie

  67. zarak says

    hi stephanie

    yea i am from Pakistan ..so what kinda visa i required to file?whether student visa is necessary?? my intention is to get the license from CO state cuz i have 4 years of experience under CPA.so what you suggest??
    you r doing a great work here..
    God bless u.
    cheerssssss

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Zarak,
      I don’t think a student visa is necessary because you aren’t going to the United States for study (I don’t think they will grant you a student visa based on an exam anyway). I personally think a tourist visa will work, but not sure if this is the case for Pakistan. I can imagine it is quite a challenge to go to the US from your part of the world… would a call to the US Embassy help?

      And thanks very much for your kind words on my site. I really appreciate it! Stephanie

  68. zarak says

    hi
    but stephanie on passing the exam , if i want to work in united states then whetehr they ll change my visa status??

  69. Stephanie says

    Hi Zarak,

    I’m obviously not an immigrant/visa expert, but in general if you find a firm that is willing to sponsor you, then you can get a H1b working visa that allows you to work just like any other US citizens for up to 6 years.

    If you’d like to continue living in the US, you can (with the help of your employer) file for a green card to get permanent residency before the end of the sixth year.

    Regards, Stephanie

  70. Kumar Raman says

    Hi! Stephanie,
    I am an Indian National, not a resident of USA.

    I passed the Uniform AICPA exams from Delaware State, and holding an Associate Degree from the Univerity of Madras, India.

    I have 25 + years of Accounting Experience.

    With which all States do I qualify to secure a CPA Licence?

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Kumar,
      The best way you can get the license is to get 4 years of experience working under a licensed CPA in the US… other than that, I am afraid you might need to get a bachelor (or preferably, a master’s) degree to get qualified in any other states, because Delaware is the only state that still let associate degree holders to sit for the exam.

      Regards, Stephanie

  71. sindhoo says

    Hi stephanie,

    Iam ACCA qualified from Pakistan. Iam 20 years old.I completed ACCA this year. The only other qualification I have is that of Alevels. Iam not sure whether i satisfy the 150 credit hours requirement? and if not which state is likely to be suitable for me.

    Your help will be highly appreciated!

    Sindhoo

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Sindhoo,
      A Level is not sufficient I am afraid… 150 credit hours is typically equivalent to master’s degree. Some states might give credit hours based on your ACCA but you’ve got to at least get a bachelor degree (or an associate degree in Delaware) to get qualified to sit for the exam.
      Cheers, Stephanie

  72. Raima says

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks so much for all the info on your website! Its very compherehensive and in one place. Appreciate all your efforts in putting it together and maintaining it.
    I have a Master’s degree from Mumbai University and a Bachelor’s in Financial Accounting & Auditing also from MU. My foreign credential evaluation gave me a Master’s equivalent based on my transcripts. I am considering Colorado for CPA, could you please tell me if I may qualify for ‘education in lieu of experience’ i.e. 150 hrs?
    Thanks again!
    Raima

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Raima,
      It should work if your is considered a master’s degree. It should say specifically how many credit hours it is equivalent to – if it is 150 or above then you are fine to go for the education in lieu of experience requirement in Colorado.

      But may I just double check with you — do you have a social security number? If not, it is better to go through Illinois which doesn’t require the SSN (and also no need for working experience). The catch is that you’ll get a CPA certificate vs a full license. In case you aren’t sure what it means please click the link.

      Cheers,
      Stephanie

  73. Mohit Sogani says

    Hi Stephanie

    You are really doing a remarkable job. Appreciate your efforts..!!
    I am a CA+M.Com+B.COM (HONS) from India and wants to pursue for CPA (US) to add one more title to my credit. In future, I may look for doing job in US.

    I am coming to stay in Newyork for my job and would definately stay for at least one year. I wanted to choose Newyork for doing CPA. Please advise whether NY would be a good option for me? Is there any other preferable state? Also please provide me a link for the detailed information about the procedure for applying for CPA course and advise about how to plan for studies?

    Thanks
    Mohit Sogani

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Mohit,
      Thanks for your note! It looks like with a M.com + CA you can *probably* get the 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam via New York, but you’ll need to go through the foreign credential evaluation agencies for their professional evaluation. NY asks for 75% of your work experience to be from public accounting — not sure if your job is from CPA firm where you can gain public accounting experience. Please also note that the experience has to be verified by an active CPA licensee.

      If this sounds like a hassle, you can consider going through Illinois where you can get a CPA certificate (not full license) without verifiable working experience. You can register via Illinois but physically take the exam in other state e.g. NY.

      Lastly, here is the general eCPA application process for intrnational candidates. Good luck! Stephanie

  74. Venky says

    Stephanie,

    I am excited to see some one was saying here Massachusetts 150 semester hours can be completed within 3 from the date of passing all 4 parts. Does it mean that I (with 3 years degree from india) can sit for the exam now. I am going to complete MBA in another 1 year to meet 150 hours.

  75. Jocelyn says

    Hi,
    I’m not sure if I meet the education requirement for the state of MO. I have all the required accounting classes at this point, but now I see that the state also requires 27 credits of general business classes, too. I have a total of 27 credits in marketing and business law classes. These are the only business classes I’ve taken besides accounting. Would they qualify as general business classes?

    Thanks so much,
    Jocelyn

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Jocelyn,
      Sounds like you can just make it! But the best way for you to find out is to call up the MO coordinator at NASBA to see if s/he can give you an indication. If you are able to get hold of them (may try quite a few times) they are generally helpful in “factual” stuff like this.

      You can get the contact number in this MO CPA exam requirements page. Good luck!
      Stephanie

  76. Mohit Sogani says

    Hi Stephanie

    Thanks for your reply..!!
    My total work experiance after becoming a Chartered Accountant is about 17 months out of which I worked for about 16 months in a Public sector company based in India called “Infosys” which is not a CA firm. Currently working in a pvt limited company where I joined recently last month only. During my 3 years articleship tenure (practical training required to be taken under a practising CA), I have done lot of audits in public sectors companies and I have a certificate from the active licenced CA to that effect.
    1. Please advise if this can work for NY?
    2. If I am qualified for 150hrs credit when can I sit for CPA exams?

    Thanks & Regards
    Mohit

  77. Kerlygm says

    Hi Stephanie:

    I have a 3 year BA in Economics from University of Toronto. I only have 1 course in accounting, but I am taking accounting courses online at Thompson River University in British Columbia, Canada. I would like to know which state will be the easiest for me to write my exams and which one will accept my Canadian online courses. Also, which is the easiest state for me to earn my license. Thanks.

    Kerlygm

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Kerlygm,
      I think the best you can do is to check with Thompson River University whether they are one of the accredited colleges in the US. As long as they are a member of one accrediation association (there are 6-7 of them by region) you are fine.

      You might want to check out this page where I suggest the most popular states for international candidates. Just drop me a note there if you have further questions.

      Stephanie

  78. Irina says

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am a resident of Romania, Europe and I am an certified accountant here for more than 6 years. I have a University degree in Economics and a master degree in Auditing. I would like to take the CPA exam to be able in the future to practice my experience in US, this being also a big plus in Romania, where such a experience/degree would help me from professional point of view.
    Thanks a lot, in advance, for your answer.
    Irina

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Irina,
      That sounds great – not sure what your question is, but if you have a master degree in auditing you have a good shot. Is there any chance that your experience is supervised/verified by a CPA or equivalent e.g. CA from Canada or CA/CPA from Australia?
      If yes, then you have many choices (assuming you can fulfill teh 150 credit hours); if not, check out Illinois first because you don’t need experience to get a CPA certificate, and you don’t need a social security number.
      Stephanie

  79. Mahesh says

    Dear Stephanie,
    I am from India, currently working for the World Bank (Accounting dept.). Being an International candidate, I have started my background work of CPA exam in May 2010 and evaluated by Indian qualifications (B.com + MBA Finance) with Josef Silny & Associates. I received a credit of 123.25 which was sufficient for NH Board of Accountancy. I have made my first time application in September 2010. My expectation was that I would receive my NTS within 4 weeks. However, when I contacted NH coordinator, they told me that they received my application only on 9/13 and due to the high volume of first time applications, it will take 8 weeks to process my NTS. I was shocked because 8 weeks from 9/13 is almost the end of November 2010. If that is the case, I cannot appear for exams in november, since I can only block prometric only upon receipt of NTS and by november seats would be completely filled in. I called them and requested them whether they can expedite my application, but they told me that it is impossible due to the high volume (probably because of syllabus change?). I wanted to give AUD and FAR this time due to 2011 syllabus change. Unfortunately, I am forced to sit for 2011 exams. However, I am taking this in a positive way because with new syllabus, I can qualify with IFRS updates, and I will get ample time to prepare for all the 4 parts, since I am planning to give the exams in April 2011. Just wanted to share with you and wanted to know your valuable opinion on this whole story. Regards, Mahesh

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Mahesh,
      Thanks a lot for your sharing. I know what you mean. Frustrating time isn’t it…

      My thought would be this: Don’t worry too much! I think you should just take the exam in 2011. In a way, the major change is going to be format of the exam, which doesn’t affect you much anyway because you are a first-time candidate. And on the content, yes they are adding IFRS but that’s about it. So it is more like a relatively small addition to the exam rather than a complete overhaul.

      In my opinion, all the CPA review courses are giving you the impression that this is a huge deal because, well, they of course want people to take the exam (and sign up for their courses) right away. Back in 2004 the change was even bigger (from pen-and-paper to 100% computerized) and people continue to pass. It’s not the end of the world at all.

      So Mahesh, it’s ok if you have to take it next year. And I will try my best to keep everyone posted on the latest information on the new exam format.

      Regards, Stephanie

  80. Kenneth says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for your excellent sharing!

    I have Hons Dipolma in Accounting of HK Shue Yan College and Master Degree of Accounting of Aust plus 4 years of public accounting experiences and 8 years of non-public accounting experiences, would you advise me to choose Guam or California?

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Kenneth,
      Do you have social security number? If not, then CA won’t work for you…
      stephanie

  81. Chris says

    Hi Stephanie,

    I understand that 1 year of OAC credits (Grade 13 in Ontario, Canada) were recognized as 30 hours for the CPA education requirement in Colorado and in a few other states. Do you know if this applies to Illinois as well?

    Thanks,

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Chris,
      Wow you are more knowledgable than me in this area… I have no idea to be honest. I wonder if you can give a quick call to Illinois and see? Sorry for not being helpful on this but if you could let me know after finding it I’d greatly appreciate it. stephanie

  82. Vipula says

    Hi Mahesh,
    May i ask for an advise? Actually i have sent my transcripts to illinois for evaluation. but not sure whether i’ll get 150 hrs. I read your comment and came to know that u have applied thorugh NH. i would like to know that do u plan to pratice in USA or want to bcome a CPA from credentials. As fas as i know NH is a one tier state. right?? in case u want only for credential then how NH is going to work out for you.
    pls suggest

    Regards,
    Vipula

  83. Chris says

    It has been confirmed that Illinois will not recognize Grade 13. They have a different standard than Colorado

  84. Sara says

    Stephanie,

    I am confused as to whether to apply to MO or IL. I live in IL, but work across the river in MO. I will most likely continue to work in MO throughout my career. My biggest problem is that I just realized that I only have 30 credit hours of accounting which is not enough to apply in MO, but more than enough for IL. I also have an issue with the work experience piece. I work for a large firm and work with many “CPA’s” who never obtained their license because of the experience or have since let their license go inactive. Bottom line there are plenty of CPA’s in my firm just none that I work directly with that have active licenses. I have been looking for a source on what to do if I take the exam and get licensed in IL, but end up working in MO. Also, I understand that in IL you can get a certificate vs a licnse. Practically speaking what does that really mean to me? Also, I am confused as to what IL’s work experience requirment is. I am actually trying to get my application in soon so that I can begin testing at the beginning of 2011, but find myself confused as to what path to take. I really want my license and not a certificate because most likely I will not work in IL. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Sara

  85. dodo says

    Dear all,

    Plz help, I am new permanent resident in Ontario since 2 months & I will sit for the US CPA exam in California USA & will get the certificate within 1 year from now.

    I would like to know once I obtain my US CPA certificate, can I take the CA Reciprocity Examination (CARE) so I can get my Canadian CA?

    Please advice in details.
    Thank you so much for your time & consideration.

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Dodo,
      My (limited) understanding of the Canadian system is that, in general, licensee from the substantially equivalent states are qualified for CARE. California is one of those “border line” states because there remains 2 Pathways for candidates to get the CPA qualification.

      In Ontario, it is stated that they recognize those states that requires the full 150 credit hours. In this case, if you pick Pathway II, then you should be ok because this is exactly the requirement; for Pathway I (that requires only 120 hours), it is a question mark but you can double check with ICAO on this.

      Here is the link for your further investigation:
      http://www.icao.on.ca/Admissions/MembershipCandidacy/1010page1367.aspx

      Hope it helps to point to the right direction, Stephanie

  86. dodo says

    thanks Stephanie for ur reply but if u see this:
    (You may register with the Institute if you wrote all parts of the uniform CPA examination or the normal qualifying examination(s) of the recognized accounting body while not a resident, and not having been a resident, of Canada for a period of three continuous years immediately prior to writing the examinations. If you meet these requirements, you will be exempted from the education and examination requirements for the CA qualification program in Ontario. You will only be required to take the CA Reciprocity Examination (CARE).

    is this mean that i will not be able to do the (CARE) since i am a new PR in Ontario since 2 months ? (if i got my CPA within 1 year)

    plz help.

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Dodo,
      Hmmm… I am afraid the answer is no. Can you wait until you are there for 1 year? Stephanie

  87. Ravi Thakur says

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am working in Georgia, however I have completed all my acedemics from India. Please help me to understand if I can go ahead with CPA exam from GA and I do not want to work in any public accounting org but in non public org like present.

    I have also completed part of CA from India.

    Please suggest if I can get CPA certificate without having any public accounting exp.

    Regards,
    Ravi

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Ravi,
      You dont need to necessarily go through Georgia. Why don’t you check out this page — popular states among international candidates for teh CPA exam? Also, as the first step you will need to get your transcripts/marksheets from India evaluated by the foreign credential evaluation agencies. Most of them do not require original copy — a notarized copy is sufficient.

      Cheers, Stephanie

  88. Manju says

    Hi Stephanie, great information. I have passed all four section of CPA in dec, of 09 and am currently working in non-accounting job. I will appreciate if you can guide me in my further journey. I have applied from New jersey, would I need to sit for Ethics exam? I have completed the educational requirement and would appreciate if you can provide me the details of experience requirement for NJ state? Do the scores expire after passing all 4 sections in New Jersey? Thanks and appreciate your help.

  89. AJITH JACOB says

    I passed CPA examination as a CO student. Please let me know, whether I can use CPA designation ( in UAE ) without obtaining license ?

    • Stephanie says

      Hi Ajith,
      I am afraid you need to get the license in order to hold yourself as a CPA… Regards, Stephanie

  90. Siva says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Am From India and thought of pursuing this course. Can u please tell me the devotion of time to study per day and other ways & means to complete the course in first attempt.

    Also kindly answer my question arise out of ignorance, after getting CPA degree do i need to get any experience by working in USA since i don want to practice i want to continue to work with Finance

    Thanks in advance.

    Best Regards,
    Siva

  91. Tari says

    Hi stephanie,
    I have just received my bachelor degree in accounting from the US a few months ago and I am currently working in a local public accounting firm in Hong Kong. I am intending to take the CPA exam next year. I am not a US citizen, neither do I have a social security number. What state do you suggest I sit the CPA exam for?
    I understand that CA accept 120 credit hours but required a social security number. what are my other options?
    Thank very much for your help.

  92. Harsh says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I found this website to be very informative. I need some guidance from you. I am a Chartered Accountant from India.I have industry experience covering public accounting and IT Consulting (SAP Finance) of about 9 years. My experience includes 3 years training as a audit clerk under a practicing CA certified by Instittute of Chartered Accountants of India.Does this training and experience qualify to get a CPA certificate from Michigan.Kindly advice.Thanks.

  93. raja says

    i am just complete my ca in india i want to know complete information regarding cpa i.e course details, benifits &procedure of application,fees and also selection of a state pls reply me urgently i am 22 years old

  94. Nidhi Mittal says

    Hi
    I would really appreciate you for your wonderful website that is really of immense help for the CPA students.
    We I am a Chartered Accountant from India & B.Com(H) from Delhi University,was working with Ernst & Young India as an auditor.Few days back moved to U.S. on H4 visa.After clearing CPA i wish to continue with any of the consulting firms like E&Y, PWC, KPMG as an auditor or as a consultant.
    From that perspective i would like to ask from which state should i opt for CPA.

    Kindly Help!!

    Thanks in advance

    Nidhi Mittal

  95. Ganesh says

    Hi Stephanie,
    i have seen in AICPA website that after 2012 students who register for CPA exams must need 150 semester hours for eligibility will that affect me
    if i register for CPA with less than 150 semester hours but having a CA certificate of Australia got through MRA between ICAI and ACCA

  96. Sumit says

    Hello Stephanie,
    Yours is a very informative site.
    A general Q 1st: When is the first exam scheduled to be held in Bahrian?
    I am working in a public accounting firm – BDO Bahrain. Was here for 3.5yrs. Prior worked in India for 1.5 yrs. All this is post qualification CA from India (Nov.2005). Did B.Com (Aug.2002) and Law graduate (Jun.2005) from India. And Information systems audit Diploma (DISA) from ICAI (India) (Dec.2006). Also CISA same time in (Dec.2006). Undergoing training for CISA and would be getting CISA certificate by June 2011.
    With the above info, and considering that as of now I want the CPA for credentials sake only and as I see from your earlier answers, I can get experience later if I want to migrate to US later, which state should I apply.
    If I start the entire process now, is it a possibility that I can appear for the 1st CPA exam in Bahrain or other Middle East states.
    Many thanks in advance for your kind efforts in providing the assistance.
    Sumit

  97. Kay says

    Stephanie,

    I’m trying to determine where to apply for licensure. I’ve searched the web to gain insight and not found concrete answers. I’m really pleased to find your website. You do such a great job providing advise and guidance, so I thought I would pose my issue to you.

    Beginning in 2000, I worked for a public accounting firm in NC for over 4 years. I got married and relocated to GA, where in 2005 I went back to work for the same firm for 9 months. I left the public accounting firm to work in the Tax department of a finance company where I prepared and reviewed federal tax returns for 1 year and 3 months. I resigned from my industry job to attend to family issues and 9 months later took a job with a local tax consulting firm where I am presently employed (for almost 3 years now). My responsibilities at the consulting firm are similar to those I had before; I prepare and review tax returns, as well as prepare and review tax accounting (ASC 740/FAS109) work. I have been supervised by a CPA in all of my work environments. I live in GA and think I may want to have my own tax consulting business in the future, so I thought to apply in GA. I have also passed the exam as a GA candidate. However, when I registered and took the exam, I was unaware of the new caveat regarding the “one year…immediately preceding the the date of the application” rule per Board Rules 20-3-.08(1)(d)1. and 20-3-.08(2) (available at http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb/accountancy/ under Laws, Policies, and Rules – Board Rules). I should have confirmed the rules prior to registering for the exam. Unfortunately, I based my decision to sit in GA on the previous rules regarding continuous combination of experience in public accounting and industry (with acceptable breaks) preceding the the date of the application. Possibly I did not have a correct understanding of the previous rules, but based on the combination and consistency of my work experience I thought I would be approved. Since working for the local consulting firm, I have worked a reduced schedule of around 32 hours a week, thus I do not meet the 2000 hours in a single year preceding the date of the application requirement based on the inclusion of the new caveat to Board Rule 20-3-.08. Nor do I think I meet the “within a reasonable time” exception as defined per 20-3-.08(3)(b). I am encouraged by the statement regarding part-time experience per the “License-Experience Requirement” section of the “How Do I Obtain CPA Licensure?” summary at the GA Board of Accountancy website (available at http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb/accountancy/ under Questions and Other Information – How Do I Obtain CPA Licensure?). However, I can’t find any laws or rules to support the statement. If I have to, I can go back to a full time position, but not in the immediate future. However, in the interim, it would enhance my firm’s ability to attract clients if I could state that I am a CPA.

    My husband thinks I am reading too much between the lines with respect to O.C.G.A. 43-3-6 and Board Rule 20-3-.08. The president of my consulting firm thinks I stand a chance of being approved based on my work experience, but cautioned me that the Board may narrowly apply the rules and deny my application. I can still recall my favorite accounting professor saying becoming CPA was not easy, but most things that were worthwhile in life were not easy. I have to agree with him, yet I think I’ve done my share at this point. So here are my questions, (1) what do you think my chances are getting licensed in the state of GA based on my continuous experience and (2) would you advise me to apply in another state, if so which one(s)? Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

    Best regards,
    Kara

  98. Ana says

    Dear Stephanie,

    I have passed successfully the 4 CPA exams in August of 2010. I want to get a CPA license in Virginia. I have two questions on how to proceed from now on:
    1) ethics exam: do I have a deadline to take this exam. I read somewhere in the internet I had 1 year after passing the last test to take it. I want to get this test out of the way, but I want to make sure about this. Also, we just buy the CD/book from AICPA, study it, and take the exam online, and that’s it? Does this exam have a validity time, ie, will it expire in a specific time?
    2) working experience: even if I have some experience, it dates from many years ago, so I have to start from scratch to fullfill this requirement. My question is: will the CPA exams as well as the ethics exam expire until I fullfill the working experience requirement? It would be terrible that all my effort would be wasted. I read about a 5 year rule to get the working experience requirement??
    I want to thank you for any help you can provide, your site is certainly very useful for us who are navigating in this complexing world!
    Thank you so very much,
    Ana

  99. Shreya Shah says

    Hi Stephanie,

    The website and peoples comments and clarifications were really very nice and quite helpful.

    I guess CPA from Delaware would be best suited considering facts and current scenarios but request you to confirm the same before I can plan ahead.

    – I have done my Engg (IT) from India and completed my MBA (Financial Management) from pace university, NYC, NY.
    - I have around 5 yrs of work experience into accounting and finance stream.

    - I don’t wish to obtain license of practice, I just need a certification for career enhancement – Is CPE required to maintain my CPA certificate ?

    Also request you to guide me in terms of best suited state for CPA, based on my current profile. Presently I stay in NJ.

    Thanks
    Shreya Shah

  100. Ketki says

    Hi,
    I need help in selecting the state to enrol for CPA exam.
    I am situated in Columbus, Indiana. Iam a Commerce Graduate with Financial Accounting and Auditing as special group, from Mumbai Univercity, India and the qualified Company Secretary, from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. I am not able to decide from which state ishould be doing CPA. based on my above education, am I eligible to enroll myself rom Indiana State? Please advice.

  101. Snehal says

    Hi,
    I have just completed CA from India. I need help in selecting which state would be proper for me to do CPA. I also need some information regarding the process of applying for CPA exam

  102. Atul says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Hope you are doing fine.

    I am an Indian national and have done 3 years BCOM from India and 1 year course in finance. Could you please let me know that am I eligible to apply for cpa from Dellaware state? Is tax course compulsory to be eligible?

  103. Atul says

    Hi Stephanie,

    Hope you are doing fine.

    I am an Indian national and have done 3 years BCOM from India and 1 year course in finance. Could you please let me know that am I eligible to apply for cpa from Dellaware state? Is tax course compulsory to be eligible?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Atul

  104. Paras says

    Hi Stephanie,
    The site is really helpful.
    I have some specific doubts. Please help me out clear that.
    1. I have done my CA in May 2010, CS in June 2010 and DipIFRS from ACCA London in Dec 2010. I am currently pursuing a job with a company.
    2. I am planning to do my CPA from India. Please guide me for the scope of CPA with an Indian qualification.
    3. Also it would be of great help if you provide me the details regarding the normal time duration to complete the course, the approx. total fees for the whole course.
    4. Please suggest me a suitable course of action as I have very hectic work schedule during the week.

    Thanks and Regards
    Paras

  105. Ron says

    Hi,

    I have a question. I passed my CPA Exam in California. I have a BS in Accounting and an a dual MBA in Accounting and Finance both from good collages. I meet the 150Hrs. I am currently own my own business doing bookkeeping and tax for the last 7 years. I have an EA. I was wondering how you can transfer the California exam results to a state that does not have a 1 or 2 year exp. requirement. Also, when you do get the cpa license in another state, can you legally put down on your business card that you are a CPA? I have been told that you are not allowed to call yourself a CPA or market yourself as a cpa in California.
    Looking for any advice

    Thanks
    Ron

  106. USMAN says

    Dear Stephanie,

    I am:

    An ACCA
    FRM
    CIA

    based in the middle east and planning to sit for CPA exams in 2011. I have a 2 year bachelor in arts degree (majors in economics). I am not a US citizen or resident and hence do not have a SSN. I want to select a state where i can get not only my certificate but also a license. (Do not want to pratice in US though).

    I was initially planning to select Colorado as the state to sit my CPA exams but it seems that due to the requirement of SSN i may not be able to get the license.

    Can you please let me know based on my educational back ground stated above, Which state for doing CPA will be better for me?

  107. Hai says

    I passed the CPA exam in California. However, due to the bad economy, I want to try my luck in Boston, Massachusetts.
    I just wonder how to get my CPA licensed. Is it just as if I passed CPA in MA? By the way, I am an international student

  108. MFK says

    I am register to take the CPA exam in the state of New York. Since I graduated in May of 2009 I met the requirement of 128 credits. Now that I have moved to state of Maine, can I take CPA exam in the Maine and transfer my scores to NY to get the CPA licensed?

  109. Steve says

    Stephanie,

    Thanks so much for the thoughtfulness of this site. I have been contemplating taking the CPA exam for the sole purpose of improving my credentials (i.e. use of CPA title on business cards for example). I have a dgree in General Accounting and have been working in Finance ; Accoutning for the past 15 years (no public experience, only 120 semester hours). Based on your information, it looks like I can obtain a license from either California or Deleware. Woudl you let me know if I have come to the right conclusion? Also, please let me know if either state is better for to obtain a license from.

    thank you in advance!

  110. Mathu says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m from India, staying in New Jersey. I’m interested in joining CPA. When I started to research about CPA, I came across CPAExcel, Keller & Becker- 3 main people offering the course. With whom should I get registered or should I directly register in AICPA? which mode of study is better, self study or via classes? Kindly suggest me.

  111. ravi senjaliya says

    hi stephanie
    i have done my bachelors in india
    i do not have ssn no. and i want to do cpa in california
    so is there other way to do cpa in ca
    i do not have any experience in accounting field

  112. A Mehra says

    I have enrolled in CPA through Delaware board, but I always have an question that after clearing al four papers and Ethics exam am not going to get CPA certification nor Licence as the FACS has judged ny education degrees as associate and needs 4 yrs of training, but am based out of India and its not possible to get the practical training here. So is it thrue that I’ll not be allowed to write CPA after clearing the exam and it becomes watse of time, rffort and money.
    Please advice.

  113. Jigna says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I have Master degree in accounting from India. I have recently shifted here in US in NC and worked with a CPA for part time for 7 months, I wanted to do CPA, but not able to decide which state I am eligible to apply. Please if you can help me in which state I can apply it will be great.

  114. Sharukh says

    Hey….i want to know what r the procedure for an indian CA to Obtain a CPA certificate.
    is there any exemtions available to indian ca for become a CPA

  115. Stephanie says

    Dear all,
    Many thanks for taking the time to leave your comments here.
    In order to streamline and improve the response time, I would like to redirect your questions to these pages:

    1. For state specific questions (including specific state’ qualification and licensing rules):
    Please go to CPA exam requirements by state, click on the state you are interested in, and add a comment there.

    2. For general questions from international candidates:
    Please check out this page written for you first, and click away / leave comments from there.

    Finally, if you have a question specifically on taxation courses, then please scroll back up and find the heading “Your comments are most welcome” and drop a note for me there. Thanks!

    Stephanie

  116. Stephanie says

    Hi Jigna,
    If you have a master’s degree in accounting, then in terms of academic requirements you should be generally fine, although you have to go through the foreign credential evaluators to “translate” the credits to the US format.

    The next question is whether you want to be practising as a public accounting in the US, or just for credentials only.

    Also, whether your boss is an active CPA licensee or not will be a deciding factor as well.

    If you let me know the details I’ll see what i can do. Otherwise you can learn more about the process by signing up to the mini course for international candidates.

    Cheers
    Stephanie

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