Hey there aspiring Oregon CPAs! When you began the journey to become a licensed CPA, you probably felt that becoming a licensed CPA was as unobtainable as defeating Florida State in the Rose Bowl. But you did it! You showed the CPA Exam what you’re made of and you passed! Now, you are one step closer to becoming a licensed CPA. Read on to find out about the Oregon CPA licensing process.
The Beaver State Licensing Process
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The first step to getting the pretty three letters on your business card is to pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam. This exam is composed of 40 multiple choice questions and is open book. To receive credit for the exam, you need to score a 90 percent or higher. Have more questions about the ethics requirement? Please visit the Oregon Society of CPA website.
Furthermore, Oregon requires that you have a minimum of one year (12 months) of full-time accounting experience or 2,000 hours of part-time experience. You can earn related accounting experience in attest, tax, or industry/government. For more information about the previously mentioned experience paths, please check out this site. Moreover, your work experience will be evaluated against seven core competencies by your employer and documented on the Attest Experience Worksheet, Tax Experience Worksheet, or Industry Experience Worksheet. As the forms indicate, you will be, “providing a narrative for each competency prepared by the applicant and signed by the supervising CPA/PA, of the experience and specific examples supporting the competency.” Please provide your supervisor the Instructions to Supervisor Licensee/Employer requesting your supervisor’s signature.
Once you have your work experience completed, all that is left for you to do is to fill out the CPA Initial License Application and you are good to go. You will need to make sure that you submit the following to the Oregon Board of Accountancy:
- Application Form (including photo and notary certification)
- Employment Record
- Attest, Tax, and/or Industry Worksheet(s)
- Ethics Exam Results (must be sent directly from the vendor to the Board office)
- Social Security Form
- $225 Application Fee
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.