Beginning July 1, 2013, candidates to sit for the CPA examination must meet new educational requirements. In order to qualify under current educational requirements, all documentation, including final OFFICIAL transcripts must be received in the Board office no later than close of business on Friday, June 28, 2013. If the submitted documentation received by June 28 shows the candidate has not met the current educational requirements or documentation is missing, then the candidate must meet the new educational requirements. You can view the current and new educational requirements at: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/023/023014000000900R.html.
If a candidate has previously qualified academically to take the CPA exam any time in the past, the candidate does not have to meet the new requirements. A candidate does not have to have scheduled or taken an examination in order to satisfy the current requirements.
Provisional candidates in the spring semester have 120 days to submit final transcripts from the date of sitting for the first section of the exam if taken during the spring 2013 semester. If any provisional candidate does not sit for a section of the exam during the 2013 spring semester, the board must receive final transcript(s) by close of business June 28, 2013 or meet new educational requirements effective July 1, 2013 in order to continue testing.
Short summer session or intersession courses will not qualify for Provisional status under the current requirements. Candidates may take short summer or intersession courses and qualify under the current requirements if final transcripts are received by June 28, 2013 which include final grade(s) for summer course(s) and, if necessary, degree posted.
AICPA introduced a new tool to help CPA candidates prepare for the exam. The CPA exam aid is located at: https://www.thiswaytocpa.com/exam-licensure/cpa-exam-aid/ and includes a mobile app so you can take it with you.
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Using the online system you can:
The Illinois Board of Examiners approves CPA certification only.
Inquiries regarding the license to practice as a public accountant and the requirements for continuing professional education must be directed to:
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Accountancy Section,
320 W. Washington St., 3rd floor
Springfield, IL 62786
See CPA Designation for more detailed information.