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 the 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 figure this out for yourself and arrange for exam credit transfers on your own.

1. Research on You Own

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

NASBA experience verification service alternative2. Seek Expert Advice

Leslie-Anne Rogers have been advising on the CPA exam and license qualifications for more than 20 years. And luckily, you can chat with her before deciding whether to use her service.

You are almost done in 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 the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites

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  • Vanessa Wu says:

    Hi, my name is Vanessa. I currently hold an inactive CPA license from state of Guam. I would like to apply for an active license but I’m unable to find an active U.S. CPA to verify my work experience in Taiwan. Please see below my credentials:

    2012/05 – Obtained Bachelor of Commerce degree (major in Accounting) from UBC in Canada
    2012/09~2014/09 – Worked at KPMG Taiwan as a senior auditor
    2015/02 – Passed all 4 parts of the CPA Exam under state of New York
    2015/03 – Transferred CPA exam scores from New York to Guam through NASBA
    2015/04 – Obtained CPA certificate & inactive license from state of Guam
    2015/05~Present – Work at C.H. CPAs (small-sized accounting firm in Taiwan) as a supervisor

    With the credentials above, I’m wondering if I would be able to go through NASBA experience verification service to obtain active CPA license in Guam.

    Thank you very much!

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