Aspiring Florida CPAs, you have so much to be proud of. Besides obviously passing the CPA Exam, you have swagger. That’s right a whole lot of swag. We can’t even begin to quantify the amount of swag you have. You have more swagger than the Old Spice men and Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World combined. You have the musical artist, Flo Rida, whose stage name is named after your state. I hope he gets stuck on your elevator 🙂 You have Pitbull, Mr. 305. Other aspiring CPA candidates get all nervous just thinking about you and your swag. If you don’t believe me, check out some scenes from the HBO show, Ballers.
Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson plus football plus boats plus money plus Lil’ Wayne and Drake can only mean one thing: you used to call me on my cell phone swag. However, if you want to transform your level of swagger from regular to super, you are going to want to change your CPA status from candidate to licensee. Fortunately, you, an aspiring Florida CPA, have no ethics requirement, so you can cross that off your list. Nevertheless, you will still need to obtain your work experience requirement and submit your licensing application. Let’s jump on in, so you can flaunt your elevated level of swag.
The Sunshine State Licensing Process
In order for you to get the pretty three letters CPA on your business card, Florida does not require you to pass an ethics exam. Unlike other states that require candidates to take a state-based professional conduct exam or the AICPA Ethics Exam, Florida currently does not require its candidates to take and pass a similar exam. For more information on licensing requirements, please visit www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/cpa/licensure.html.
As far as work experience is concerned, Florida requires that you have one year of accounting experience under a licensed CPA. One year of work experience equates to no fewer than 2,000 accounting related hours. Please document you work experience on the Verification of Work 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 CPA Original License Application, which you will receive from Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Division of Certified Public Accounting. You will need to make sure that you submit the application along with $50 and official transcripts within three years of receiving your CPA Original License Application. 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.