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Illinois CPA Exam Requirements

Illinois Uniform CPA Examination Educational Requirements

 

Education Requirements Effective July 1, 2013

Note: If you have been approved to sit for the CPA examination prior to July 1, 2013, you will not have to meet the new education requirements. Please refer to Section 1400.90 of the Administrative Rules for complete transcript of requirements listed at www.ilboa.org

 For questions regarding which option was used to process your evaluation, please contact the Illinois Board of Examiners, www.ilboa.org

 In order to be admitted to take the examination for the first time after July 1, 2013, a candidate for the Illinois CPA examination must have successfully completed the following:

Option 1:

Degree: A graduate degree in accounting from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution (regional accrediting association which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) www.acenet.edu) and AACSB  www.aacsb.edu or ACBSP www.acbsp.org accredited accounting program.**

 

Total Hours: You must have completed 150 semester credit hours*

 Accounting Hours: No specific requirements

 Business Hours: No specific requirements

 

*Quarter credit hours may be converted to semester credit hours by multiplying quarter credit hours by two-thirds.

**If a candidate has obtained graduate credit or a degree from a non-AACSB/ACBSP program, s/he will apply under option 4.

Option 2:

Degree: A graduate degree in business from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution (regional accrediting association which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) www.acenet.edu) and  AACSB  www.aacsb.edu  or ACBSP www.acbsp.org accredited business program.***

 Total Hours: You must have completed 150 semester credit hours*

 Accounting Hours: 30 semester credit hours in accounting including;

****Managerial Accounting, Taxation, Financial Accounting, Audit and at least two semester credit hours of Research & Analysis (RAA)

**Business Hours: No specific requirements

 *Quarter credit hours may be converted to semester credit hours by multiplying quarter credit hours by two-thirds.

**For purposes of meeting the accounting hours requirement, one graduate accounting SCH is equivalent to 1.6 SCH. This extra weight is not applied to the total semester hours.

***If a candidate has obtained graduate credit or a degree from a non-AACSB/ACBSP program, s/he will apply under option 4.

Please note: Graduate accounting credit earned with an undergraduate degree (with no graduate degree earned yet-only enrolled in a graduate degree program) will be multiplied by 1.6 whether or not the credit has been taken from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited program.

****No more than three (3) semester hours of accounting obtained through internships or life- experience credit posted on a college transcript may be awarded to the accounting requirements.

Option 4:

Degree: At least a baccalaureate degree in any concentration or graduate degree with a concentration other than accounting or business from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution (regional accrediting association which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)).*** www.acenet.edu

 

Total Hours: You must have completed 150 semester credit hours*

 Accounting Hours: 30 semester credit hours in accounting including****

Managerial Accounting, Taxation, Financial Accounting, Audit and at least two semester college hours of Research & Analysis (RAA)**

 Business Hours: 24 semester credit hours in business including****:

Two (2) semester credit hours (SCH) of Business Communication (BC) and three (3) SCH of Business Ethics (BE)

 *Quarter credit hours may be converted to semester credit hours by multiplying quarter credit hours by two-thirds.

**For purposes of meeting the accounting hours requirement, one graduate SCH is equivalent to1.6 SCH earned at the undergraduate level. 

This extra weight is not applied to the total semester hours.

***If a candidate has obtained graduate credit or a degree from a non-AACSB/ACBSP program, s/he will apply under option 4.

Please note: Graduate accounting credit earned with an undergraduate degree (with no graduate degree earned yet-only enrolled in a graduate degree program) will be multiplied by 1.6 whether or not the credit has been taken from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited program.


**** No more than three (3) semester hours of accounting & no more than three (3) semester hours of business obtained through internships or life-experience credit posted on a college transcript may be awarded to the accounting & business requirements.

 

 Education Requirements Effective January 1, 2001 to June 30, 2013

Note: If you have been approved to sit for the CPA examination after January 1, 2001 but before July 1, 2013, you will not have to meet the new education requirements. Please refer to Section 1400.90 of the Administrative Rules for complete transcript of requirements listed at www.ilboa.org

 For questions regarding which option was used to process your evaluation, please contact our office, www.ilboa.org

In order to be admitted to take the examination for the first time before July 1, 2013 but after January 1, 2001, a candidate for the Illinois CPA examination must have successfully completed the following:

 Option 1:

Degree: A graduate degree in accounting from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution (regional accrediting association which is a member of the Council or Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) www.acenet.edu) and AACSB www.aacsb.edu or ACBSP www.acbsp.org accredited accounting program. **

 Total Hours: You must have completed 150 semester credit hours*

 Accounting Hours: No specific requirements

 Business Hours: No specific requirements

 *Quarter credit hours may be converted to semester credit hours by multiplying quarter credit hours by two-thirds.

**If a candidate has obtained graduate credit or a degree from a non-AACSB/ACBSP program, 

s/he will apply under option 4.

Option 2

Degree: A graduate degree in business from a regionally accredited institution or approved equivalent institution (regional accrediting association which is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) www.acenet.edu) and AACSB  www.aacsb.edu or ACBSP www.acbsp.org accredited business program.***


Illinois Board of Examiners

1120 E Diehl Rd, Suite 107

Naperville, IL 60563

 815-753-8900

 www.ilboe.org

 help@ilboe.org

 ***Please include your File number in all correspondence***

Please use these links for important information regarding the application process,and where to submit your transcripts.

*All transcripts sent to ILBOE through e-transcripts must come directly from the school


Illinois CPA Exam Fees
Domestic Credentials Evaluation: $175
Foreign Credentials Evaluation: $250

Examination Fees
AUD - $193.45
FAR - $193.45
BEC - $173.60
REG - $173.60


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