How to Become a CPA in Arizona 2024

How to Become a CPA in Arizona

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If you’re wondering how to become a CPA in Arizona, we’ve organized the Arizona CPA exam requirements below.

1. Meet the Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam

To meet the Arizona requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the Arizona CPA education requirements must be attained first. For Arizona applicants, you must have a bachelor’s degree. At least 24 semester hours of non-duplicative accounting courses of which 12 hours are upper level, and shall also include at least 18 semester hours in related courses.

To learn more about the specific required courses, you can check their FAQ page.

2. Create your Arizona State Board of Accountancy Account

The first step after determining that your education requirements are eligible. You’ll need to create an account at the Arizona State Board of Accountancy.

3. Submit Initial Application

Once you have logged in, you will need to complete the Initial Application form for the CPA Exam and the fee of $100.

4. Submit Transcripts

You would need to have your college or university send your official transcripts through the Transcript Request Form and send them to:

100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 165
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Or email it at info@azaccountancy.gov

5. Authorization To Test

After your Initial Application has been approved by the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. They will send an ATT to you and also to NASBA so they can process you a Payment Coupon.

6. Pay NASBA Fees

Once your ATT has been received by NASBA, NASBA will then send you an email notifying you that your payment coupon is ready for payment. You have 90 days to pay the fee.

Click here to see a breakdown of the Arizona CPA exam costs.

7. Notice To Schedule

Upon payment for the examination fees, you will receive a receipt of your NTS. Make sure that everything is correct as it will be used at the testing centers. If the names do not match, immediately contact the Board to request a correction. You will not be allowed to test if the name on the identification documents does not exactly match the name on the NTS.

With the NTS, then you can schedule your actual exam on the Prometric website at www.prometric.com.
You will have six months to apply and sit for your first portion of the CPA exam.

8. Pass the CPA Exam

Once you pass the first CPA exam section, you’ll have 18 months to pass the remaining 3 sections.

9. Complete your Education Requirements

After passing the Uniform CPA Examination, you must complete the appropriate education requirements to become a licensed CPA, which is a bachelor’s degree, and complete the 150-semester hour. 36 non-duplicative semester hours of accounting, including at least 30 non-duplicative hours of upper-level coursework. 30 semester hours of related courses including Business administration, Statistics Computer science, information systems, or data processing, Economics, Finance, Management, Business Law, College Algebra, or more advanced mathematics, Advanced written communication, Advanced oral communication, General ethics, Marketing and other courses that are closely related to the subject of accounting or that are satisfactory to the Board.

You would need to have your college or university re-send your official transcripts through the Transcript Request Form and send them to:

100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 165
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Or email it at info@azaccountancy.gov

10. Complete the Experience Requirement

To meet the Arizona CPA experience requirements, you must have had at least 2000 hours of paid or unpaid experience either before or after passing all sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, that has been exposed or provided with experience in the practice of accounting. Experience should cover critical inquiry and analysis of financial accounting information, including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and tax returns, and the applicant’s ability to communicate, either orally or in writing, on the results of an inquiry or analysis of that information to an employer, client or a third party.

The Certificate of Experience Form should be completed by each of your supervisors during the years you are using to qualify for experience. The COE(s) you submit need to show a minimum of 2,000 hours of accounting experience.

11. Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam

After passing the CPA exam, the candidate must also meet the Arizona CPA ethics exam requirements by taking one additional test: the AICPA’s Ethics exam. The association offers an 11-hour self-study course, after which you can take the open-book test. The Ethics Examination is not expected to be particularly tough, but you must pass with a minimum score of 90 to get your license.

You can purchase the AICPA Ethics Exam through ASCPA at a discounted price.

12. Request for a Verification Form of Uniform CPA Exam

You must also request a Verification Form of Uniform CPA Exam through the Arizona State Board of Accountancy member portal that you’ll need to submit to the board. It doesn’t have a fee to request one.

13. Apply for your Arizona CPA License

After you have completed your professional education, passed the exams, and retain the necessary work experience, you have fulfilled a majority of the CPA exam requirements. You’ll need to complete the Arizona Certification Application form and the $100 certification application fee.

14. Receiving your Arizona CPA License

Now that you have completed all the necessary steps to be a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona. You will be notified by Arizona’s Board of Accountancy of any missing documents in your application. If the application is complete, you’ll be issued a license allowing you to practice. Your certificate will be sent to you through the mail.

Estimated Cost: 952.60 USD

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