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at a glance …
BECOME A CPA
In a nutshell, becoming a CPA around the country
calls for 3 “E”s – education, examination and experience. A summary of North
Dakota provisions are shown below. More details available by clicking the
“become a CPA” link, at left.
At least 150 semester hours of
college education, including a BA or BS or higher degree or their equivalent,
from an accepted college. At least 24 semester credits of accounting
coursework or equivalent, and 24 credits of other business coursework (not
including accounting principles. A provision exists for one holding 4 years of
experience or 120 education credits at 12/31/99, and passing the CPA Exam by
12/31/04. For details, contact the Board office.
Passage of the Uniform CPA Examination is expected, following Board
regulations and policies. An ethics course is also required -- Professional
Ethics: The AICPA Comprehensive Course.
At least 1 year of experience is expected, meeting relevant conditions.
character is also expected, and of course there are costs and paperwork
About the Board
The Board of Accountancy reviews the entrance qualifications of CPA candidates, annually registers accountants, monitors continuing education, and addresses consumer concerns. Virtually all Board records are open to the public, with no time limits (other than the record retention schedule). For records access, contact the Board office. There are 5 Governor-appointed board members, plus a small staff in Grand Forks. Contact the Board office at 800-532-5904.