Rhode Island Exam Requirements
Eligibility for Examination
You must be a resident, regularly employed, or have a place of business in Rhode Island, and meet one of the following educational requirements:
After July 1, 1999, you will be deemed to have met the education requirement if, as part of the 150 semester hours of education, you have met any one of the following conditions:
- Earned a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program that is accredited in accounting by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board.
- Earned a graduate degree from a program that is accredited in business by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and completed not less than 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination thereof. The accounting courses must include at least: six semester hours in both fundamental accounting and intermediate financial accounting and reporting and not less than three semester hours in each of the following: advanced financial accounting and reporting, tax accounting and auditing.
- Earned a baccalaureate degree or higher degree at an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and completed not less than 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level, and completed not less than 24 semester hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level. The accounting courses must include at least: six semester hours in both fundamental accounting and intermediate financial accounting and reporting and not less than three semester hours in each of the following: advanced financial accounting and reporting, tax accounting and auditing. The business courses must include not less than three semester hours in both business law and economics.
All educational transcripts and/or international evaluations are required to be submitted to CPA Examination Services. Official school transcripts and/or international evaluations may be submitted by you separately or included with the first-time application. You must meet the education requirements at the time of application. Official school transcripts and/or evaluations must be submitted at the time of application.
If you successfully pass the examination, you will not be eligible to receive a certificate until you complete the 150-hour and the experience requirements.
If you who have completed the educational requirement at the time of application:
- You must submit an official transcript from each school you attended. Transfer credits are not acceptable; you must submit a transcript from each institution.
- Official transcripts are those that have been issued by the institution’s Registrar’s Office and include the Registrar’s official seal.
- The degree you have earned must be posted on your official transcript.
- Transcripts may be submitted electronically provided they are official. Some schools do not offer this service. Contact your Registrar’s office for additional information. If an email address is required for electronic delivery, use firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronically delivered transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
- Photocopies of transcripts are not official and cannot be accepted.
- If required documentation is not received within 45 days of the submission date of your application, your application will be marked as incomplete and will not be processed further. Failure to submit all required supporting documents will result in the denial of your application, forfeiture of your application fee, and the secure destruction of all documents submitted.
- Please Note: If you have not yet applied when you submit your transcripts, your education documents will be kept on file for one year. After that time, the documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents when you apply.