CPA Work Experience Verification after getting fired

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    Hello everyone,

    To give you all some background I was working as an auditor for a big four accounting firm in Texas. I was fired from the firm after working for just over one year. My termination was a result of under-performance.

    I have passed all four parts of the CPA exam and am currently waiting on a partner from the firm to sign off on my CPA work experience form. The CPA work experience form is handled in a specific way at the firm. Associates/Senior associates essentially submit an IT ticket with the form and an excel document listing the number of hours worked. It is reviewed internally, then sent to a partner for his/her signature.

    It has been over one month since I submitted the form and I am worried my termination from the firm will give a partner a reason not to sign. Does anyone have any insight into how this could turn out? To reiterate, I was not fired for misconduct. I was not getting positive reviews during my performance reviews and was ultimately let go (I was put on a PIP).

    For those of you who are wondering, I am currently a financial analyst at a healthcare consulting firm. It’s not big four, but I love my coworkers and my job is sooo much more satisfying 🙂


    Assuming you are applying in TX, get a manager/senior manager you worked under directly to sign off on your experience.

    AUD - 79
    BEC - 88
    FAR - 89
    REG - 80
    Manager, Big 4 Corporate Finance, CPA (WA)

    Gotcha, I’ll reach out to the manager I worked under… With that being said there is a chance he will say no. Like I mentioned in my post, there is a specific method for associates and seniors to get a signature at the firm I used to work at.


    Send him a hand-written letter in a Fed-Ex envelope with signature required.

    Jeff Elliott, CPA (KS)
    NINJA CPA Review

    What to do if all the people you worked with at the firm have left/retired too? I am in similar situation where I left EY years ago, and am now trying to get certified. CA requires two signatures on its experience forms, even if you do not plan to ever work on audits. I track down the Sr Manager I worked for and he signed my form. But the State is demanding 2nd signatures, and I can’t find any of the partners we worked for.


    Send him a hand-written letter in a Fed-Ex envelope with signature required.

    now sure how I missed this, but it gave me a good laugh!

    Memento Mori - Kingston NY CPA & EA (SUNY Albany 2002)

    FAR-93 11/9/17 (10wks, 250 hrs, Roger 1800+ MCQs, Gleim TB 600+MCQs, SIMs)
    AUD-88 12/7/17 (3 wks, 85 hrs, Roger 1000 MCQs no SIMs hail mary)
    REG-96 1/18/18 (6 wks, 110 hrs, 1400 MCQs, no SIMs)
    BEC-91 2/16/18 (4wks, 90 hrs, 1240 MCQs)


    Forgot to provide you all with an update, but it worked! A partner signed off on my work experience.

    And can you contact the people you did work with? You don’t need a partner’s signature, just a CPA you worked under. Maybe shoot your former coworkers an email/text/LinkedIn message?


    I think you’re supposed to send that stuff to HR at B4. At least that’s what I’ve heard.

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    BEC - 77
    FAR - 77
    REG - 76
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