Aspiring Arizona CPAs, you have so much to be proud of. Yes, I am talking about you to you. You have passed the CPA Exam and are so close to becoming a licensed CPA. You passed AUD. You passed BEC. You passed FAR. You pass REG. You showed the CPA Exam what you are made of. You have jumped through the highest hoop that is the Arizona CPA licensing process. To celebrate your huge accomplishment, we’re going to…talk about the Arizona CPA licensing process. Yay!!
The Grand Canyon State Licensing Process
The first step to getting licensed in Arizona is passing the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam. This exam is composed of 40 multiple choice questions and is open book. To ensure that you receive credit for your ethics exam, you need to score a 90 percent or higher. Please visit www.azaccountancy.gov for more information about the ethics requirement.
For work experience, Arizona requires that you have one year of accounting experience in the office of a CPA within government or industry, which equates to no fewer than 2,000 accounting related hours. Please document your work experience on the Certificate of Experience Form.
Once you have your work experience completed, you are on your way to becoming a CPA. All that is left for you to do is to fill out the Application for Arizona CPA Certificate. You will need to make sure that you submit the application along with $100 and official transcripts to the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. In addition you will need to submit the Arizona Statement of Citizenship and Alien Status for State Public Benefits Form. Please keep in mind that you will need 150 credit hours to become a licensed CPA. Although you could have passed the CPA Exam with a four-year degree (120 credit hours), you will need to ensure that you earn the extra 30 credit hours. If you have any additional questions about licensing requirements, please visit www.thiswaytocpa.com and your state board for up to date information. As always, remember to breathe.