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Tennessee has a typical 150 credit hour requirement with a slightly strict rule on the number of accounting courses.
Having said that, the working experience is relatively flexible and one of our readers qualified with a general “finance” job instead of accounting. The CPA who will verify your experience does not need to be your supervisor which should also make it easier for applicants.
A reader is kind enough to share his experience in the process:
Hi Stephanie, thought I’d pass along this info. I just became a fully licensed CPA in state of TN. I have NOT had any previous work experience in an accounting firm. My work experience has been in finance and according to the BOA most work experience that is “accounting related” like consultancy, tax, finance will suffice. I do have a masters in accounting but I don’t think that matters. All that was necessary was a Licensed Active CPA sign off that he/she swears I worked in the position/field I stated on the application. The BOA also said I did not have to be a TN resident. Rules to meet CPE requirements have a few hours that are TN specific, like TN tax & TN law, but beyond that everything is smooth sailing.”
This reflects the latest change in Mar 2016:
Special note: educational requirements must be met when you send in the application.
The good thing about TN is that the working experience is rather flexible. Here is the list of acceptable experience. You can google “T.C.A. Section 62-1-106(j)” for further details:
CPE is required for license holders. Please click here for Tennessee CPA CPE requirements.
Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
500 James Robertson Parkway, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1141
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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