How to Become a CPA in Missouri 2024

How to Become a CPA in Missouri

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

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

To meet the Missouri requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the Missouri CPA education requirements must be attained first. For Missouri applicants, you’ll need to have at least 120 semester hours. 24 semester hours in accounting subjects and 24 semester hours in general business 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 $180 initial application fee.

4. Submit Transcripts

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

PA Examination Services – MO
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219

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 Missouri 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

The CPA exam consists of the three core sections and candidates would need to select one of the three discipline to demonstrate deeper skills and knowledge, allowing candidates to choose a specialization. There is no set order in which the exam portions must be completed. You must pass each section with a score of 75 or higher within 18 months. Test scores will be available through the candidate portal on release dates.

8. Complete the Experience Requirement

To meet the Missouri CPA experience requirements, you must meet a minimum of 2,000 hours (one year) of accounting-specific work experience. For future auditors, the requirement is 4,000 hours (two years), including 2,000 hours (one year) in an auditing-specific role. Keep in mind that your work experience must be affirmed by a licensed CPA as part of your licensure application.

Remember that you must document your experience on your application for your license. Both you and your endorser have sections to complete on the initial application form.

9. Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam

After passing the CPA exam, the candidate must also meet the Missouri CPA ethics exam requirements by taking one additional test to take: 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.

Do take note that if you join MOCPA, you can get the online ethics exam for free.

10. Apply for your Missouri 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 go to the Missouri Division of Professional Registration website and complete the 375-0129 Initial Application form.

11. Receiving your Missouri CPA License

Now that you have completed all the necessary steps to be a Certified Public Accountant in Missouri. You will be notified by Missouri’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: 1395.20 USD

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