There are different requirement for graduate degree holders — Please check with the State Board’s website (see below).
It is necessary to have all the educational requirements met before sitting for the CPA exam.
Courses from an accredited community college or 2-year college are acceptable toward the 150-hour requirement. Please note that the requirement for the Accounting Courses are for upper-level accounting courses. Junior/senior level courses are not normally offered in 2-year institutions.
Special Note from the State Board:
Please note that we have several rule changes in process, the main one you will care about is changing our 150 hour requirement. We plan to allow students to take the exam upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, must have 150 hours for licensure.
2. Additional Arkansas CPA Requirements to Obtain the License
No additional requirements.
1 year (2,000 hours) of public or non-public accounting experience.
Part-time employment is allowed as long as the 2,000 hours is accumulated within 1-3 years.
The experience has to be verified by an active CPA licensee (US CPA only). This person does not need to be the supervisor.
The experience needs to be gained within the previous3 years of the license application date. Candidates have 3 years to become licensed once you have passed the CPA exam.
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