Alright, alright, alright, I hope you are ready to get your hands dirty because today we are talking about the Texas CPA licensing process. But before we do, I couldn’t go a whole blog posts about Texas without mentioning your national treasure. No, I am not talking about Big Tex or even the Alamo. Can you give me drum a roll please? A little bit louder now. A little bit louder now. Is that as loud as you can go? We are talking national treasure here. And NO Nicholas Cage will not be taking it 🙂 Wow! That is loud enough. I can hear you, here in Colorado. So who or what is possibly this national treasure that I speak of? It is none other than Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper on HGTV. Now for those you are scratching your heads wondering who are Chip and Joanna Gaines, you are about to be enlightened.
You see. What did I tell you? Chip and Joanna Gaines equals national treasure. So what does Chip and Joanna Gaines have to do with the Texas CPA licensing process? We are about to find out. Let’s get those hands dirty and peel back the minutiae of the licensing process. Oh man, I was hoping to find some shiplap 🙂 Instead, we have the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct, work experience requirement, and the licensing application. It’s time to discuss the licensing process in the Lone Star State, where the stars and stripes are big and bright.
The Lone Star State Licensing Process
In order for you to get the pretty three letters CPA on your business card, you need to pass the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct Exam. This Texas ethics exam covers all things related to the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct and will be emailed to you once you successfully complete the Application for Issuance of the CPA Certificate. To request the Application for Issuance of the CPA Certificate, please contact (512) 305-7851. The Texas Rules of Professional Conduct Exam is open-book, and you will need to earn an 85 percent or higher to pass. For more information about the ethics requirement, please visit www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/exam-qualification/certification-requirements.html.
As far as work experience is concerned, Texas 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 relevant work hours. Please document your work experience on the following work experience form: www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/pdffiles/x0005.pdf. For more information on work experience, please review the following link: www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/exam-qualification/certification-work-experience.html.
Once you have your licensing application, 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 Oath of Office Form. 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.