How to Become a CPA in District of Columbia

How to Become a CPA in District of Columbia

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

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

To meet the District of Columbia CPA education requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the District of Columbia CPA education requirements must be attained first. For the District of Columbia applicants, candidates should have a degree with a minimum of 120 semester hours that includes coursework either in accounting or business subjects. Twenty-four of that semester’s hours must be in accounting covering three hours each in financial accounting, auditing, taxation, cost and managerial accounting, and U.S. Federal Income Tax. Another three hours isrequired in commercial or business law subjects.

2. Set up your NASBA Account

The first step to determining your eligibility is to register an account at CPA Central.

3. Apply for a NASBA Advisory Evaluation

Then submit the necessary educational requirements to NASBA Advisory Evaluation at CPA Central and pay the $170 initial application fee.

4. Submit Transcripts

You would need to have your college or university send your official transcripts through mail at:

DC Coordinator CPA Examination Services
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219-8469

Or email it at etranscript@nasba.org

5. Pay NASBA Fees

Once your educational requirements have been approved by NASBA advisory evaluation, 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 District of Columbia CPA exam costs.

6. 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.

7. Pass the CPA Exam

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

8. Complete the Experience Requirement

To meet the District of Columbia CPA experience requirements, applicants must have at least one year of experience. One year of experience shall consist of full or part-time employment that extends over a period of no less than a year and no more than three years and includes no fewer than 2,000 hours.

9. Apply for your District of Columbia 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 register, complete and submit the license application through the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

You need to have the following items:
One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
Un-expired government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)*
Debit or credit card to pay application, exam, or license fees

10. Complete CPE Requirements

All licensed CPAs in the District of Columbia must complete 80 hours of approved continuing education biennially during the license period.

The eighty hours of acceptable continuing professional education submitted must have been completed in the immediately preceding two-year period and must include at least 4 hours biennially in a qualifying ethics course.

11. License Renewal

The District of Columbia requires CPA licenses to be renewed every two years. Licenses expire on December 31st of even numbered years and are renewed biennially.

Estimated Cost: 905 USD

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