How’s it going aspiring, Arkansas CPAs? Give yourself a big pat on the back because you, yes you, showed the CPA Exam who is number one.
Now, you are this close to becoming a licensed CPA. Read on to find out about the Arkansas CPA licensing process.
The Natural State Licensing Process
You’re in luck! Unlike other states that require candidates to take a state-based professional conduct exam or the AICPA Ethics Exam, Arkansas currently does not require its candidates to take and pass a similar exam.
But Arkansas does require that you have at least one year of accounting related experience and no fewer than 2,000 hours. You can earn related accounting experience in public accounting, industry, government, or academia. Upon obtaining your work experience, you need to complete Section I of the Experience Affidavit and have your licensed verifier complete Section II.
Once you have your work experience completed, all that is left for you to do is to fill out the Online CPA License Application. You will need to make sure that you submit the following to the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy:
- Online CPA License Application
- Not Transferring Grades Fee $197.75
- Application Fee (Non-refundable) of $50.00
- Annual Registration Fee of $110.00
- ASP & FBI Background Check Fee (Non-refundable) of $37.75
- Criminal Questions Survey
- Color Copy of Government-Issued ID
- Fingerprint Card
- Background Check Online Application
Also 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.
For more information on licensing requirements, please visit Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy website or www.thiswaytocpa.com for up to date information. As always, remember to breathe.