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Illinois was a two-tier state until 2012 when it stopped issuing CPA certificates. The state, despite its one-tier status, remains a popular option among Canadians. This is because Illinois does not require Social Security Number and welcomes license applicants for the IQEX.
1. Education Requirements to Sit for the Exam
(a) Graduate Degree in Accounting from school accredited by AACSB or ACBSP:
(b) Master’s Degree in Business from school accredited by AACSB or ACBSP:
(c) Bachelor’s Degree in Business
(d) Bachelor Degree (general)
Note to international candidates:
Illinois State Board only accepts NIES (NASBA International Evaluation Services) as the foreign credential evaluation provider. The NIES process is stated clearly on their website.
On whether Illinois State Board accepts other professional qualifications (e.g., Indian CA and CIMA), there is no blanket answer, but the rule of thumb is that the qualification must have an academic component. The state board may accept part of the related courses. Candidates are encouraged to send in all of the transcripts and degrees that are the related to the qualifications.
2. Additional Illinois CPA Requirements to obtain the License
CPE is required for license holders. Click here for Illinois CPA CPE requirements.
Illinois Board of Examiners
1120 E. Diehl Rd Suite 107
Naperville, IL 60563
Check out these pages to learn about the educational and experience requirements, with my recommendation at the end of the posts:
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