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CPA Exam & Licensure
The Uniform CPA Exam, administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is a prerequisite for earning the CPA certificate in Florida, as well as throughout the rest of the United States and its territories.
Here are some helpful tips to navigate the process of sitting for the exam and obtaining licensure:
Step 1: Meet requirements to sit for the CPA Exam
In Florida, to be permitted to take the CPA exam for the first time, a candidate must have successfully completed at least 120 semester hours of acceptable college credit as determined by the Florida Board of Accountancy, and must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent. Applicants for the examination must have completed 24 semester hours of upper division business courses, 24 semester hours of upper division accounting education courses and 6 semester hours in business law courses. The state of Florida also requires an additional 30 hours of coursework (for a total of 150 hours) and one year of work experience under the supervision of a CPA in order to become licensed after completion of the CPA Exam. To view a full list of requirements for taking the Uniform CPA Exam in Florida, please view the Florida Board of Accountancy’s website.
Step 2: Apply with the FBOA to sit for the CPA Exam
Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Florida Board of Accountancy on a printed application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50. The BOA will respond to your application within 3 to 5 business days.
Step 3: Schedule CPA Examination
Once your application to sit for the CPA Exam is approved by the Florida Board of Accountancy; you will receive a Jurisdiction ID number. You may then apply online with NASBA to take the examination, or contact CPA Examination Services. NASBA will send you a Notice to Schedule (NTS). The Notice to Schedule (NTS) is your notification that you may begin scheduling your examination with Prometric and you are now able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.
Florida law requires an 18-month “rolling window” in which to complete all other sections of the exam once you pass a section of the exam. You will lose credit for any section that you passed more than 18 months before.
Step 4: Submit Original Licensure Application
After passing all four parts of the CPA Exam; applicants must submit CPA Original Licensure application to the Florida Board of Accountancy along with a $50 non-refundable fee within three years of receiving notification from NASBA of passing the last part of the CPA exam. Applicants must also provide evidence of one year acceptable work experience and submit official transcripts evidencing completion of a baccalaureate degree, plus an additional 30 semester hours/45 quarter hours of education in excess of the baccalaureate degree to include 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours of upper division accounting and 15 semester/22 quarter hours of upper division general business courses.
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Exam Review Courses
The CPA Exam is one of the most important and rigorous exams you will take so you want to make sure you do everything possible to pass it. Taking a review course is a great way to ensure success. The resources noted below provide seminars and self-study designed to help you study the way that works best for you, to help you pass the CPA Exam.
Membership has its benefits! We have partnered with three providers to offer special discounts to FICPA members on their CPA Exam Review Courses.
Here are other providers that do not offer FICPA member discounts:
Questions & Answers
Q: Can someone evaluate my transcript to determine if all of my courses are acceptable?
Q: What is the difference between taking the CPA exam and licensure?
Q: Must I complete my baccalaureate degree prior to taking the exam?
Q: How many accounting and business hours will be required in the 120 hours needed to take the exam?
Q: Is it possible to successfully pass a section of the CPA exam without all the relevant coursework if I complete a CPA review program?
Q: Should I take sections of the exam while still in school?
Q: How long do I have to complete all sections of the exam?
Q: Assume I pass all four sections of the exam but have not yet completed all my 150 hours. I'm tired of school! Could I take a break from school?
Q: Should I complete my one year of work experience prior to taking the exam? Maybe the experience will help me pass.
Q: I have completed the required hours of accounting and general business subjects. I still need some additional hours. May I take any courses that I would like?