Guam is like Hawaii for Japan and many neighboring countries. It is also a popular destination for a specific type of tourist — international accountants who want to earn the U.S. CPA.
Guam is a relatively friendly jurisdiction for international candidates, as it offers both inactive and active CPA licenses. Therefore, if you don’t have a Social Security number and have difficulty fulfilling the experience requirements, Guam may be a good choice for you. To know for sure, learn more about the Guam CPA requirements.
To sit for the CPA Exam in Guam, you must meet these education requirements:
Because you must complete 48 hours of upper division courses in accounting and business, I do not recommend applying to Guam if you are not an accounting major.
Furthermore, if you’re an international candidate, you may need to make up the taxation course. To do so, I recommend taking a U.S. federal taxation course.
Finally, Guam does not accept grade transfers from any CPA Exam candidate who has not met Guam’s education requirements prior to sitting for and passing any CPA Exam section.
For example, a candidate registers in one state and passes the CPA Exam. Then, they that realize that they cannot fulfill that state’s experience requirement for licensure. So, they decide to try to earn Guam’s inactive CPA license, but they lack a taxation course.
In this case, they CANNOT transfer their CPA Exam credit to Guam and continue pursuing the CPA because they did not meet Guam’s education requirements before they sat for and passed the CPA Exam.
In Guam, you can earn the active CPA license and receive all the privileges and power that comes with it. Or, you can earn the inactive CPA license.
With the inactive CPA license, you cannot present yourself as a CPA nor can you represent yourself as a Guam CPA licensee.
Naturally, you must meet a more involved set of requirements to earn the active CPA license than the inactive one.
However, Guam does not have a U.S. citizenship requirement, a residency requirement, or a minimum age requirement for either the active or the inactive CPA license.
The NASBA Experience Verification service is available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.
Guam requires both active and inactive CPA license holders to earn continuing education (CPE). So, to meet these CPE requirements, you should look into my recommended CPA CPE courses.
When you apply to Guam to sit for the CPA Exam, you must pay the following fees:
Therefore, the minimum cost to take the CPA Exam through Guam is $1,393.60. Of course, this cost does not include a CPA review course or travel and accommodations.
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If you need to take additional steps to satisfy Guam’s requirements, you can learn more about the CPA education requirements. You can also check out states with more flexible CPA experience requirements. Both of these resources include my recommendations.
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