How to Become a CPA in Montana

How to Become a CPA in Montana

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

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

To meet the Montana requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the Montana CPA education requirements must be attained first. Applicants must complete 150 semester hours which includes 24 semester hours in accounting courses above the introductory level and another 24 semester hours in business-related courses.

2. Apply for the Uniform CPA Exam

When you’ve met the education requirements, register with NASBA to apply for the CPA exam. Have all your official transcripts sent directly from your college or university to CPA Examination Services – MT, PO Box 198469, Nashville, TN 37219. If your school offers official electronic transcripts, they may be emailed to etranscript@nasba.org.

3. Pay for the Uniform CPA Exam

Pay all fees at the time of application to NASBA. First-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee of $245 and an examination fee per exam of $226.15. Re-examination applicants (re-takes for failed sections) will pay a registration fee of $100 and the same examination fee of $226.15 for each exam they wish to re-take.

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

4. Notice to Schedule (NTS)

Wait for your application to be approved and once accepted, NASBA will email or mail you the Notice to Schedule (NTS). Upon receiving the NTS, schedule your exam online through Prometric. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time. The NTS is valid for one testing event or six months and must be presented for entry at the testing center.

5. Pass the Uniform CPA Exam

There are four sections in the exam: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG). You must pass each section with a score of 75 or higher, and after passing your first section, you must pass the remaining three exams within 18 months.

6. CPA License Requirements

After passing all four exams, applicants may only proceed with the application if they have completed the education, experience and ethics requirements for the license eligibility. 

7. Gain Necessary Experience

To meet the Montana CPA experience requirements, applicants are expected to complete 1 year of qualifying accounting and/or auditing experience in the areas of public accounting, industry, government and/or academia and must include a minimum of 2,000 hours. Experience must be within 3 years immediately preceding the date of application for licensure and verified by a holder of a U.S. CPA in good standing or a supervisor licensed from a professional accounting body with an MRA with NASBA.

8. Ethics Requirements

Prior to applying for licensure, applicants must successfully complete and pass an 8-hour course in professional ethics from AICPA as part of the Montana CPA ethics exam requirement. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 90% to qualify for a certification.

9. Apply for a CPA License

Montana applications for initial CPA licensure will be processed through NASBA Licensing Service. Applicants must submit complete documents supporting the completion of licensing requirements to NASBA along with the initial fee of $150.

10. CPA License Renewal

All Montana CPAs must renew their license every three years and the cycle occurs from January 1 to December 31. The license can be renewed online through the board’s website. To be eligible for renewal, licensee holders will have to accomplish Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

11. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Licensee holders must comply with the board’s CPE requirement as defined by their rule. The CPE requirement is 120 hours of acceptable CPE including 50% technical subjects that also includes 2 hours of ethics in any rolling three-year period.

Estimated Cost: 905 USD

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