Ohio CPA License Process

‘Cause all of me (screech and voice crack) loves all of you (nails scratching a chalkboard). Oh hey there, aspiring Ohio CPA licensee. It looks like you caught me singing (poorly) some John Legend, which can only mean two things: I am either singing in the shower (ruh roh) or thinking about the Ohio CPA licensing process. For your sake and mine, I hope it’s the latter 🙂 Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, I can’t nor do I want to get that song out of my head. It is just so catchy. So you can get all the feels from a fellow Ohioan too, watch the music video by none other than the legend himself, John Legend:


All of Me

You [the Ohio CPA licensing process] are my downfall, you [the Ohio CPA licensing process] are my muse. Does something feel different about the song? It’s like he wrote the song for you, aspiring Ohio CPAs and maybe even King James but definitely not Johnny Football 🙂  Since you give your all to me, I promise I’ll quid pro quo and give my all to you. It’s time to discuss the good ol’ Buckeye CPA licensing process. What you need to succeed is to pass an Ohio accountancy law and board rules course, obtain your work experience requirement, and submit your licensing application. With these items in mind, let’s jump on in.

The Buckeye State Licensing Process

In order for you to get the pretty three letters CPA on your business card, you need to pass a Professional Standards and Responsibilities course. For a listing of available courses, please visit the following link: www.acc.ohio.gov/CPE/PSR.aspx.

As far as work experience is concerned, Ohio requires that you have one year of accounting experience under a licensed CPA. Please document your one year of accounting experience on the Record of Experience Form. If, however, your experience in accounting is not under a licensed CPA, your supervisor will need to fill out the Experience Verification Form.

Once you have your ethics exam and 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 Original Ohio Certificate of Certified Public Accountants. In this application, you will need to verify that you have had a criminal records check. Also, this application must be notarized. 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.

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