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The Georgia CPA requirements are fairly flexible, and we like that this state is less strict about its CPA requirements than others. Like other states, Georgia still requires you to earn 150 college credit hours before you can be licensed.
To become a CPA in Georgia, you must have:
Additionally, you must be 18 years-of-age or older.
To be able to take the CPA Exam in Georgia, you only need to have earned 120 credit hours and hold a bachelor’s degree (any major). Conversely, you need to have a bachelor’s degree, 150 credit hours, 30 credit hours in accounting, 24 credit hours in business, a social security number, be 18 years or older and pass the CPA Exam in order to be licensed as a Georgia CPA.
The Georgia CPA requirements do not need you to:
Applying for CPA Certification in Georgia is a process regulated by the Georgia State Board of Accountancy (GSBA). The GSBA consists of six licensed CPAs together with one Consumer Member. These board members oversee the process. It also protects the citizens by ensuring that CPAs have the required skills and experience. Georgia CPA Requirements include:
We discuss these requirements in detail below.
Individuals seeking to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) must first pass the Uniform CPA Examination. With this in mind, the NASBA publishes The Candidate Bulletin to help you become familiar with the exam. When you apply for the exam, you confirm that you have read The Candidate Bulletin.
Before you apply to take a section of the CPA Exam, you must show that you are ready and eligible. The CPA Exam Quiz is a way to show you are prepared and begin your CPA Exam journey. Additionally, the CPA Exam Quiz asks a series of questions that will help you through the process.
The educational requirements to apply for the CPA license in Georgia are dependant on the date you first took the CPA Exam. Applicants sitting for the CPA exam before January 1, 1998 must have the following:
Correspondingly, applicants taking the exam for the first time after January 1, 1998, must meet the following requirements:
The first two courses in accounting qualify as elementary level, regardless of the course difficulty. These courses are not counted toward the required 30 semester hours in accounting.
Special note to BCOM + CA holders:
Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant program is considered professional training. Therefore, it is not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.
Employment as a staff accountant by a currently licensed CPA or a firm of duly licensed accountants registered, certified, or licensed to practice in the state of Georgia or duly licensed to practice in any other state or country qualifies. Allowed experience includes:
Public Accounting Experience for the Georgia CPA Requirements:
Industry or business accounting experience is acceptable if the applicant was employed by an individual or business performing the use of accounting and auditing skills, following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The corresponding experience must meet the following requirements:
To earn qualifying experience in government, the applicant must be or have been:
Experience earned as a teacher in the accounting discipline must have been at an accredited four-year college or university and include the following:
In addition to the exam, experience and educational requirements, the following qualifications apply:
Before applying to take the exam, it is wise to go over all the requirements and make sure that you qualify. Georgia offers a NASBA Advisory Evaluation as an optional service to help you identify any academic deficiencies. Use the evaluation before you submit your first-time application for the exam. You can learn more about this service by visiting CPA Central.
Prior to beginning the Advisory Evaluation process, you create a user account and send additional required documents and information to:
CPA Examination Services – GA
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219
The following fees apply:
When you have completed the exam, educational requirements, and experience, you must submit a new Individual License Application to the NASBA through the GSBA. You can apply through GSBA Services.
After completing your file, paying your fees, and submitting all required materials to the NASBA’s Licensing Service, allow up to two weeks for processing. A receipt of application arrives by email unless otherwise instructed.
Georgia also accepts International Candidates. Furthermore, educational requirements completed at an accredited institution are eligible and cannot include professional training. Coursework completed through the Chartered Accountant program is professional training and not counted toward the education requirements for the US Uniform CPA License.
In addition, applicants who obtained their educational requirements outside the US must have their credentials evaluated by the NASBA International Evaluation Services.
To qualify for a firm license in Georgia, the firm must meet the following requirements:
During the first year of licensure, no Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is required, After the first renewal, 80 hours of CPE coursework taken for every two years, with a minimum of 20 hours each year. The following rules apply to CPE requirements.
The Georgia State Board of Accountancy does not pre-approve courses or providers for CPE hours. Therefore, the licensee is responsible for determining the eligibility of CPE hours according to the Board Rules found in Chapter 20-11.
Individual Study Programs, Correspondence Programs, and internet courses are eligible for CPE credit as long as they meet all the course requirements.
Alternately, we recommend CPE Link, a CPE provider registered with NASBA on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Registry ID: 109068). The Societies of CPAs in California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and West Virginia endorse their courses.
CPE Link offers over 1,000 hours of self-study content taught by accounting and tax professionals–all experts in their fields with many years of practical experience to share.
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