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last updated 5/12/2015


Age Requirement: None
Citizenship Requirement: No
Residency Requirement: No
Social Security Number Requirement: Yes
Education Requirement for Licensure Prior to July 1, 2015: Bachelor's degree with a concentration in accounting or a bachelor's with a non-accounting concentration with supplemental courses that the Board feels covers an accounting concentration On or after July 1, 2015: 150 hours including bachelor's degree
Participates in International Examination Program Yes
Hours in accounting: Prior to July 1, 2015: 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting (some can be intermediate or advanced courses in accounting) On or after July 1, 2015: 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in upper-division accounting. 6 hours must be in auditing of which 3 hours must cover Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). 3 separate hours of accounting ethics is also required.
Exam sitting requirements: Bachelor's degree
Experience requirements: 1 year of employment for one or more employers as an employee of a CPA. The experience may be gained through public accounting, industry, government or academia. Prior to July 1, 2015: In lieu of experience you may satify the experience requirement with a bachelor's degree + 30 semester hours of non-duplicative study which includes a total of 45 semester hours in accounting subjects including the 6 auditing hours as outlined above in the education section. Semester hours can be substituted with equivalent quarter hours.
Ethics exam: Must pass AICPA Ethics exam for initial licensure

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