Indiana CPA Exam Requirements 2022: Critical Steps

Indiana CPA Exam Requirements

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Indiana CPA Exam Requirements

If you want to become a CPA in Indiana, we’ve summarized the Arkansas CPA exam requirements. Read below to know the exact steps and needs to be a licensed CPA in The Natural State.

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Summary of Indiana CPA Requirements

Credit hours to sit for the CPA exam150
Bachelor’s required to sit for the CPA examYes
Credit hours in accounting subjects to sit for the CPA exam24
Credit hours in business subjects to sit for the CPA exam24
Total credit hours to receive a CPA license150
Work experience required to receive a CPA license2 Years
Ethics exam required to get a CPA licenseNo
U.S. Social Security NumberYes

Before applying for Indiana CPA Exam, the first step that you must do is to check Indiana’s jurisdiction requirements or the Indiana Board of Accountancy. This article will be your source to get the Indiana CPA exam requirements.

Just like any other state, Indiana offers the NASBA Advisory Evaluation to identify if there are any education deficiencies before you submit your application for the first time. You may visit CPA Central and create an account for all needed information about submitting an Advisory Evaluation.

Eligibility requirements

Each state has different requirements that you need to meet prior to taking the CPA exam. Candidates need to meet the educational requirements, pass the CPA exam and obtain the necessary work experience requirements.

You are required to have a U. S. Social Security Number to be a certified public accountant or to obtain a license in Indiana.

Education Requirements

if an applicant is interested in sitting for the CPA exam in Indiana, the education requirements should be met. Some states allow students to sit for the CPA exam with 120 credit hours; in Indiana, students are not eligible to sit for the CPA exam until they’ve met the 150 semester hours requirement.

It is required that ALL CPA exam candidates have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or institution. The candidate must meet ONE of the following requirements.

  1. Applicant must earn 150 semester hours in general education, which includes a graduate degree from college or university or institution that is accredited by the accrediting organization recognized by the Board, and completed:
    • at least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or 15 semester hours in accounting courses at the graduate level or an equivalent combination thereof which must include courses covering the following subjects:
      • financial accounting
      • auditing
      • taxation
      • managerial accounting courses and
    • at least 24 semester hours in business administration and economics courses; aside from taking accounting courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, which are composed of the following:
      • six semester hours of business and tax law courses
      • six semester hours of computer science courses
  2. Applicant must earn 150 semester hours in general education, which must include a baccalaureate degree from college or university or institution that is accredited by the accrediting organization recognized by the Board, and completed:
    • at least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level, which must include the following subjects:
      • financial accounting
      • auditing
      • taxation
      • managerial accounting courses and
    • at least 24 semester hours in business administration and economics courses; aside from taking accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level, which are composed of the following:
      • six semester hours of business and tax law courses
      • six semester hours of computer science courses

Transcripts

If an applicant completed the educational requirements at the time of application:

  • Submit an official transcript from each school that you attended. Transfer credits are not acceptable. You must submit a transcript from each institution.
  • The degree you earned must be posted on your official transcript.
  • The official transcripts should be submitted directly from the institution.
  • Electronically transfer of transcripts is acceptable provided that they are official.
  • If the courses have been completed outside the U.S. for a school located on the U.S. campus, transcripts must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts from the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

If the applicant is currently enrolled in college or university at the time of application, you should:

  • Submit a completed Indiana Certificate of Enrollment (COE) form and an official transcript from each school you attended.
  • The Dean or Registrar should be the signatory of the COE.
  • The COE and official transcript/s must be received directly from the academic institution.
  • If the courses have been completed outside the U.S. for a school located on the U.S. campus, transcripts must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts from the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

If the applicant completed educational requirements at institutions outside the U.S., you are required to:

  • have your credentials evaluated by EITHER of the following services:

Transcripts must be sent directly from your school to CPA Examination Services. Transfer credits are not acceptable. Your application is incomplete until all transcripts have been received.

Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant or similar program is considered professional training. Therefore, it will not be accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.

Indiana CPA exam application process

You need to submit all the necessary documents before applying for the CPA exam. These include the following:

  • The official transcript/s from each school that you listed on your application. Transcripts must be sent from your school or university to CPA Examination Services directly.
  • If applicable, submit the Certificate of Enrollment. From the academic institution to CPAES.
  • If applicable, submit the International Evaluation Report directly from the evaluation service to CPAES.
  • If applicable, submit the Testing Accommodations Request submitted by YOU to CPAES.

Upon submission of your application, you must allow four to six weeks for review of applications and documentation. You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of the application through your email.

If there is missing or additional information or requirements are needed, you will be notified by email of any missing item/s. Make sure to use a valid email address.

Schedule your CPA exam by locating your desired test center and check seat availability. Make sure to schedule your test five days in advance.

Indiana’s Uniform CPA Exam

Indiana Board of Accountancy does not provide exam scores. You may contact NASBA using the information below:

CPA Examination Services
PO Box 198469
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-8469
Toll-Free: 1.800.CPA.EXAM
Phone: 615.880.4250
Email: cpaes-in@nasba.org
Website: nasba.org

The Uniform CPA examination covers four sections. To pass the CPA exam, you must get a 70% score.

  • Auditing and Attestation (AUD) – Test the applicants’ knowledge of the entire audit process, as well as preparation, compilation, review engagements, and other non-attestation services. It also tests ethics, so you will have to become familiar with the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) – Test role within the business environment and related topics to business areas, from operations to corporate governance.
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR ) – This section of the Uniform CPA Exam assesses the knowledge and skills that a newly licensed CPA must demonstrate in the frameworks used by business entities (public and nonpublic), not-for-profit entities, and state and local government entities.
  • Regulation (REG) – Knowledge and skill level test on federal taxation, business law, business ethics, and professional and legal responsibilities.

Examination Fees

First-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and upon submission of the first-time application. For re-examination applicants, you are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration.

You may apply for one or more sections of the examination at the same time, but you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.

CPA exam fees are below:

Initial Exam Application Fee$170.00
Registration Fee$85.00
Auditing and Attestation (AUD)$226.15
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)$226.15
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)$226.15
Regulation (REG)$226.15

Experience Requirements:

To earn the Certified Public Accountant license in Indiana, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and pass all sections of the CPA exam
  • The completion of two years of experience in government, academia, or public practice verified by an active CPA license holder

Indiana CPA License Requirements

Once you complete the experience requirements, you are now ready to apply for that license. Please refer to the list of requirements to obtain an Indiana CPA license:

  • Complete the application form. It must be submitted at MyLicense.IN.gov or mailed to the office.
  • Application fee. No fee is required during submission of Application for first time applicants. For all others, the application fee is $75.00.
  • Positive Response Documentation
  • CPA Verification of Experience
  • CPA exam grades from the state the exam/s were taken.
  • Original Copy of Transcripts.
  • Verification of Licensure
  • Issuance Fee

Indiana CPA License Renewals

  • CPA, PA, AP, and Firm Permits expire June 30 of every third year (2021, 2024, 2027)
  • Renewal Fees is $105.

Renewal notices are sent approximately ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date. License holders with valid e-mail addresses on file will be e-mailed the renewal notice. Those who do not have valid e-mail addresses on file will be mailed the license renewal notice; this notice is mailed to the address of record with the Board. The Board has no way of knowing whether or not a notice reaches its destination; therefore, when a notice has been e-mailed to a valid e-mail address or mailed, the duty of the Board has been performed.

For Individual License Holders: Go to MyLicense.IN.gov to create your Access Indiana single sign-on account in order to access your online renewal. Online renewal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for most license renewals. Online renewal takes only minutes and your renewal will be processed and available for verification the next business day.

Indiana CPE Requirements

CPA licenses in Indiana must be renewed every year. As an Indiana CPA, you are required to meet the continuing professional education (CPE) standards outlined below.

  • A minimum of 120 total hours of instruction during the three year reporting period.
  • No less than 20 hours per calendar year.
  • No less than 10% of the total hours (12 hours), for the reporting period, must be in Accounting and/or Auditing (A&A).
  • No less than 4 hours, for the reporting period, must be in Ethics.
  • No more than 50% of the required 120 hours for the reporting period, will be accepted as self study.

Indiana CPA Exam F.A.Qs

Here are some commonly asked questions regarding Indiana’s CPA Exam and CPA License requirements.

Do CPA Scores Expire in Indiana?

Regardless of the state, once a CPA candidate passes their first CPA exam section, they then have 18 months to pass the remaining three CPA exam sections to complete the Uniform CPA Examination. Once a CPA candidate has passed the Uniform CPA Examination, their scores never expire in Indiana.

How Long Does It Take To Get a CPA License in Indiana?

Indiana requires that you must meet the 150 semester hours before applying to sit for the CPA exam. This is roughly five years of education, then one year to take and pass the exam, and then one year to meet the experience requirement. That makes a total of 6 – 7 years to get your CPA license.

What Are Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam in Indiana?

To sit for the CPA exam in Indiana, you must be at least 18 years, old, be of good moral character, and meet the education requirements which is 150 semester hours of college, as well as paying the applicable exam fees.

How Do I Register to Take the Exam in Indiana?

To apply for the CPA Examination online, you need to create an account in CPA Central. You may register online via credit card, then schedule your exam in Prometric.

How Many Accounting Credits Do You Need to Sit For The CPA License in Indiana?

As part of the 150-semester-hour requirement, you will need to earn 24 semester hours in accounting, and 24 semester hours in business and economic courses. Accounting classes that meet the requirement would be classes in financial accounting, financial reporting, cost or management accounting, auditing and attestation, taxation, and accounting research.

Does Indiana Require an Ethics Exam for the CPA?

Indiana does not require you to take the AICPA ethics exam to get your initial CPA license. However, you need to have a four-hour reporting period for ethics as a requirement for continuing professional education (CPE) every three years.

How Much is the CPA Exam in Indiana?

For first-time applicants, you will need to pay both an application fee and an examination fee. The application fee cost $170 and the examination fee is $226.15 per section.
For re-examination candidates, you are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee. The registration fee is $85 and the examination fee is $226.15 per section.

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