After passing the CPA and not having the experience requirements, what happens? - Page 2

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    vlad
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    Hi Guys,

    (Hopefully) I will be finished with the testing after Thanksgiving. I have 0 experience in accounting and I know that now we have to have 2 years of experience to be able to call yourself a CPA (at least in IL). What happens in the interim? What if I don’t get enough experience in the next 3-4 years? Will be tests still be valid?

    Thanks!

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    Anonymous
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    Do scores in NY last forever?

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    jenuno01
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    Lol

    #376853 Reply
    Anonymous
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    Just called the State Boards. Idaho and California last forever (took exam in Idaho, will be working in CA)

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    jenuno01
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    So what happens if say, you live in CA, where scores never expire, and you decide to wait like 17 years to get your experience requirement? Can you call yourself a CPA in another State that enforces timely experience requirement?

    **Btw, I have not been able to find any info on the CPA License I bought at the flea market. I am going to leave it in a drawer at work… I'm scared I'll get haunted tonight :/

    #376855 Reply
    jenuno01
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    I also just called the Nebraska Board and my scores will never expire *moon walks*

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    yellowboy817
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    in TEXAS the exams last forever

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    Anonymous
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    Good question, jenuno! I guess I never considered that. Perhaps you can only transfer the test scores to other states that keep their scores forever as well?

    I guess I always assumed I'll be working in accounting until I retire LOL. Unless I win the lottery…speaking of…the Powerball is $149M for Wednesday!

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    jenuno01
    Member

    Yeah, Idk about working in Accouting until I retire. $149M!? I need to go buy some now!

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    Anonymous
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    Why don't you just switch your jurisdiction to a state that has no experience requirement? I know in Massachusetts you can get a nonreporting license (which is exactly the same as a regular license except you can't issue reports on financial statements) and you don't need experience and there is no residence requirement.

    Then later down the road once you get your experience you can get your license in the state you want…

    Seems like a better option then not having one.

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    jenuno01
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    @dtomasello – I like that idea. I work as an Internal Auditor so my experience doesn't count towards being a CPA in NE. If I'm a non-reporting CPA in Massachusetts, can I sign my emails with ‘CPA' in NE? lol

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    SonjaBlue
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    California CPA requirements are changing in 2014. We can currently get licensed with a Bachelor's Degree, two years accounting experience, and passing the exam. If we complete all three requirements by 12/31/13. We get our license. If we don't, we have to get a Masters Degree (although many CA candidates already have that degree).

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    mla1169
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    Just be aware that in MA to get the nonreporting license without experience, you must have a master's degree. The 150 credits doesn't apply to that particular license.

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    jenuno01
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    @mIa do you mean an MBA? Or a Macc?

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    mla1169
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    Honestly I think either would work fine, the specific requirement is a graduate degree

    “With a graduate degree in accounting, business, or law, no experience is required for certification/licensure, but the candidate can only apply for the non reporting license.”

    https://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pa/faqs.html#c01

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    Anonymous
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    @jenuno01

    Yes you can sign your emails with a CPA. It is a license.

    And any graduate degree in accounting, business or law that meets the educational requirements of 252 CMR 2.07 (2) (a)will work.

    Here's the link to the education requirements:

    https://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pa/regulations/rules-and-regs/252-cmr-200.html#2.07

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