NASBA Experience Verification Service: How Does It Work?

The NASBA Experience Verification Service is one of the latest initiatives, and it helps qualified candidates get the CPA license. Because this is a newer service, let’s see how it works in this video:

NASBA Experience Verification Service is Available in 11 States

As of August 2019, NASBA Experience Verification is available in the following states and jurisdictions:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Guam
  3. Kentucky
  4. Michigan
  5. Montana
  6. Oklahoma
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Virginia
  9. Washington
  10. Washington DC
  11. Wisconsin

And candidates that have sat for the CPA exam in other states may be eligible to transfer CPA scores to these jurisdictions.

However, don’t worry if your state is not listed. Because based on how NASBA has rolled out its services in the past, more state boards will likely join once it proves to be successful.

NASBA Experience Verification Prerequisite

Before exploring this service, please make sure you have:

  • Passed 4 parts of the CPA Exam
  • Fulfilled your state board’s education requirements for licensure
  • Completed 1-2 years of accounting experience
  • The ability to hold a conversation in English (there will be an interview)
  • Access to Skype

Service Fees

This is high-end — $500 for domestic candidates and $700 for international candidates. Payments are made by credit card via an online portal.

How the NASBA Experience Verification is Done

Given the price, this is designed to be an (almost) hassle-free experience with personalized guidance. Let’s check out the steps.

1. NASBA contacts you

A NASBA Client Manager calls you within 2-3 business days of your application. This person will assess your eligibility and help you in selecting/switching state boards if necessary. Basically, this person will guide you through the entire process.

These managers come from the NIES team. They have lots of experience in state board rules and credential evaluation.

2. NASBA arranges to have your experience verified

Your experience will be verified by a local provider. It takes about 2 to 6 weeks.

3. Interview with a US CPA

The interview will be conducted either over the phone or through Skype. Unfortunately, there is no translation service at the moment.

4. NASBA submits report to State Board

A report will be prepared and submitted to your state board. The process typically takes about 4 to 6 weeks but can last up to 12 weeks.

Contact Information

This is Too Expensive! Are There Alternatives?

There are a few states with more flexible experience requirements. And you can try to figure this out for yourself and arrange for exam credit transfers on your own.

1. Research on Your Own

We explain the background, common issues and solutions on our CPA experience requirement page. On that page, there are suggestions on how you can get further info from the NASBA database.

You are almost done with your CPA journey. Best of luck!

About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!

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