How to Become a CPA in Tennessee

How to Become a CPA in Tennessee

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

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

To meet the Tennessee requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the Tennessee CPA education requirements must be attained first. For Tennessee applicants, you must have a bachelor’s degree and earn a total of 150 semester hours. The 150 semester hours need to include at least 30 semester hours of accounting including at least 24 semester hours at the upper-division. A maximum of six semester hours from internship may be included. Completed at least 24 semester hours in general business such as algebra, calculus, statistics, probability, business communication, business law, economics, ethics, finance, management, technology/information systems, or marketing.

2. Apply for the CPA Exam

You need to create an account at https://cpacentral.nasba.org/ and submit all the educational transcript(s), Certificate of Enrolment, and/or foreign evaluations to CPA Examination Services. If you are a first-time applicant, you are required to pay both an application fee of $170 and an examination fee of $226.15 per section at the time of application. If you are a re-examination candidate, you are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration. Registration fees for four examination sections are $150, three examination sections $125, two examination sections $100 and 1 examination section for $75.

3. Sign Up for the CPA Exam

Once your transcripts and application have been approved, you can select the CPA exam you want to sign up for and pay the necessary fees using NASBA’s CPA Central website. Once you receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS), you may go to the Prometric website to schedule your exam(s). Each section examination fee is $226.15.

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

4. Pass the CPA Exams

The Uniform CPA exam is composed of four different sections, and you must pass all sections with a score of 75 or higher. After passing the first section, you then must pass the remaining three sections within 18 months.

6. Meet the Experience Requirements

To meet the Tennessee CPA experience requirements, you need at least 2000 hours of experience, earned in no less than one year or more than three years which includes services or advice using; services for accounting, attest, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills, and employment from government, academia or public practice.

7. Apply for your CPA License

Once you have met all the requirements, you may apply to get your Tennessee CPA license through the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy and pay the initial CPA license application fee of $100.

8. Renew your Tennessee CPA License Every Other Two Years

To maintain your Tennessee CPA license, you will need to renew it every other two years by completing the required continuing professional schedule (CPE) hours. Tennessee requires no less than 80 hours of CPE in every renewal period and that must include 40 hours of technical study, a two-hour state-approved ethics course designed to familiarize with accountancy law and rules of professional ethics. You need to be engaged to testify in a Tennessee court(s) as an expert witness in areas of accounting, attest, management services or tax to be completed within the current year or most recent renewal period, at least 20 hours in the subject area(s) concerning such expert testimony. Up to 24 CPE hours of the 80 hour requirement for each two-year period may be applied to the succeeding two-year renewal cycle. You must submit certificates of completed CPE courses that will be used for carry forward to the Board, failure to do so will result in disallowance of carry-forward hours.

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