Montana was one of few two-tier states that granted a CPA certificate. As of July 1, 2015, Montana state board only gives out CPA license. Here is the latest news on the new rule.
After the change, there is little reason why international candidates would register through MT state board.
Update for international candidates: Montana State Board now accepts NIES instead of FACS as the foreign credential evaluation agency. It is more expensive but faster.
Montana is a 2-tier state, i.e. the State Board issues a certificate and a permit to practice. For the different between CPA certificate vs license please click here.
Note: All certificate only licenses will terminate on December 31, 2017.
For CPA permit to practice (License)
*Launched in Apr 2016* The NASBA Experience Verification service is now available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.
Note to Indian BCOM + CA holders
The Montana State Board is kind enough to clarify the situation on CA upon my email inquiry:
“[The Montana Board] will not be accepting credit earned through Chartered Accountants, Cost and Works Accountants, ICMAP, and similar organizations.”
More information can be found here for Indian candidates.
You can refer to this page on Montana CPA CPE requirements, which is mandatory after you obtain the license.
Montana Board of Public Accountants
301 S Park
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
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