Rhode Island CPA Requirements

Rhode Island CPA Requirements

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Rhode Island CPA Requirements

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Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 150 semester units (225 quarter units) required for licensure, but not needed to sit for the exam

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate with 150 semester units or Graduate degree with 150 semester units or special 120 hour rule

Additional Requirements: Graduate Degree with concentration in accounting. Graduate Degree accredited in business-24 semester or equivalent quarter hours in undergraduate accounting or 15 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in graduate accounting or a combination thereof. B.A. Degree or higher degree with 24 semester or equivalent quarter hours in undergraduate or graduate level accounting. Transfer of grades – the applicant must meet all current requirements in Rhode Island at the time the application is made

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: None

Additional Requirements: Candidate must be a Rhode Island resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 hours including Bachelor's Degree

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year experience gained through employment in public practice, government, industry, education, or a combination thereof

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

Rhode Island Board of Accountancy
233 Richmond Street, Suite 236
Providence, RI 02903-4236

Email: rsnyder@dbr.state.ri.us
Phone: 401-222-3185
Fax: 401-222-6654

Initial Application Fees $150
AUD $193.45
BEC $173.60
FAR $193.45
REG $173.60
Total $884.10

     *$75 re-examination application fee