Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination

Before applying for the Uniform CPA Examination through CPA Examination Services (CPAES), please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s educational requirements to determine if you are eligible to apply as a first-time candidate. You are also advised to read The Candidate Bulletin before submitting applications online. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months.

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You may register online via credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover only). To apply for the CPA Examination online, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our online application tool. If you’ve previously applied for the CPA Examination outside of our online application tool (via paper application or other method), you will need to import your previous application information. To do this, you will need to know the jurisdiction in which you sat for the examination as a first-time candidate, and your Jurisdiction ID Number. If you need your Jurisdiction ID number, click here. Registering for a user account will allow you to apply for the exam, maintain your current information, view your scores, check your application status and reprint your Notice(s) To Schedule.

Send any additional required information or documents to:

CPA Examination Services – KS
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219

Materials to be Submitted with Application

  1. Official transcript(s) from each institution at which original credit toward the educational requirement was earned.
  2. Photograph Form with a 2×2 photograph taken within the last three months, showing your head and shoulders only. Submission by you to CPAES.
  3. International Evaluation, if applicable.
  4. ADA Accommodation Form, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.
  5. A signed copy of the Kansas Board of Accountancy Cheating Policy. Submission by you to CPAES.
  6. If you have had a pre-evaluation completed by the Kansas Board of Accountancy, you must submit a copy of the results letter.
  7. You must submit documentation to support your Kansas resident status. Acceptable documentation consists of:
    1. If you live in Kansas, you must submit: (1) a copy of your valid driver’s license; and (2) a copy of a billing statement or mortgage or lease agreement reflecting your address in Kansas.
    2. If you have a place of business in Kansas as a public accountant, you must submit proof of ownership of the business.
    3. If you are employed by a public accounting firm in Kansas, you must submit a letter from your employer stating that you are permanently and currently employed.
    4. If you are on military assignment in Kansas, you must submit a copy of your military orders.

 

Please allow two to four weeks from your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed. Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be sent to you via email, unless otherwise indicated. This notice is sent only as acknowledgment of receipt of application.

Applicants with Disabilities

In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, examination administration accommodations are available, should you qualify. Please download the ADA Modification Form for more information.

Exam Credit

You may take the required test sections individually and in any order, but are required to pass all four sections of the examination within a rolling 18 month period, which begins on the date the first examination section passed was taken.

Credit for any section passed shall be valid for 18 months from the actual date the examination sections were taken. Examination credit expires by section. You will lose credit for each section passed outside the 18 month period, and will have to retake those sections.

Transfer of Examination Credit

If you wish to transfer credit from another jurisdiction into Kansas, you must have earned the credit under the same rules that are in effect in Kansas. If you have passed two or more sections of the CPA examination under another jurisdiction, you shall be given conditional credit by this Board, provided you have established residence in Kansas and are still eligible to be considered a re-examination candidate in the original state where credit was earned.

Fees

All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application. All re-examination candidates are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration.

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

Application fee $145.00

Examination Fees

Auditing and Attestation (AUD) $192.03
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) $172.51
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) $192.03
Regulation (REG) $172.51

Registration Fees

4 examination sections $110.00
3 examination sections $95.00
2 examination sections $80.00
1 examination section $65.00

 

Refund Policy

There is no provision for withdrawing from the examination and/or requesting an extension of your current Notices to Schedule (NTS). Application and/or examination fees are not refundable. If you have an extreme circumstance, you may request an NTS extension or a partial refund of your examination fees under specific circumstances utilizing the Exception to Policy Form.

Exam Requirements

Residency

You must meet the Kansas residency requirement to be eligible for the examination as a candidate of Kansas. This requirement applies to all first-time and re-examination candidates. To meet the residency requirement you must meet one of the following:

  • physically live in Kansas;
  • have a place of business in Kansas as a public accountant;
  • be employed full-time by a public accounting firm in Kansas; or
  • be on military assignment in Kansas.

With each application, you must submit documentation to support your Kansas resident status. Your application is incomplete until we receive this documentation. You will not receive your Notice to Schedule (NTS) until your application is complete. Acceptable documentation consists of:

  • If you live in Kansas, you must submit: (1) a copy of your valid driver’s license; and (2) a copy of a billing statement or mortgage or lease agreement reflecting your address in Kansas.
  • If you have a place of business in Kansas as a public accountant, you must submit proof of ownership of the business.
  • If you are employed by a public accounting firm in Kansas, you must submit a letter from your employer stating that you are permanently and currently employed.
  • If you are on military assignment in Kansas, you must submit a copy of your military orders.

Eligibility for Examination

To be eligible to take the Examination as a first-time candidate, you must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree or higher from a college or university recognized by the Board and 150 semester (225 quarter hours) in courses distributed as follows:
    • At least 42 semester credit hours (63 quarter hours) in business and general education courses including courses in:
      • macro and microeconomics plus one upper-division economics course;
      • at least two courses in the legal aspects of business or business law;
      • college algebra or higher level math;
      • statistics and probability theory;
      • computer systems and applications;
      • finance;
      • management and administration;
      • marketing; and
      • production, operations research, or applications of quantitative techniques to business problems.
    • At least 11 semester credit hours (16 ½ quarter hours) in written and oral communications.
    • At least 30 semester credit hours (45 quarter hours) in accounting theory and practice including courses in:
      • financial accounting;
      • managerial accounting beyond an introductory course;
      • auditing including coverage of U.S. auditing standards;
      • U.S. income tax; and
      • accounting systems beyond an introductory computer course.

Not to exceed a total of six hours, up to three hours of course requirements specified above may be waived by the Board for good cause and upon receipt of satisfactory verification that you have otherwise met the requirement.

NOTE: The Kansas Board allows you to apply for the exam while courses and/or degree are in progress. You will not receive your Notice To Schedule (NTS) until the education requirement has been met and final official transcripts are received.

The Kansas Board allows you to apply for the exam while courses and/or degree are in progress. You will not receive your Notice To Schedule (NTS) until the education requirement has been met and your final official transcripts are received.

You are permitted to apply up to eight weeks prior to completing your education. You must have all educational transcripts and/or international evaluation reports submitted at the time of application. If your courses are in progress or your degree is not conferred, you may submit an application with a transcript showing in-progress courses and the date of anticipated degree conferral. The NTS will not be sent until you have met the education requirement and your final official transcript has been received.

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Transcripts

If you who have completed the educational requirement at the time of application:

  • You must submit relevant official transcript(s) to CPAES from each institution at which you earned credit toward the education requirement. Transfer credits are not acceptable; you must submit a transcript from each institution.
  • Official transcripts are those that have been issued by the institution’s Registrar’s Office and include the Registrar’s official seal.
  • The degree you have earned must be posted on your official transcript.
  • You may submit the official transcript(s) provided they are original, include an original seal and are submitted in a sealed envelope. They are not required to be submitted directly from the institution.
  • Transcripts may be submitted electronically provided they are official. Some schools do not offer this service. Contact your Registrar’s office for additional information. If an email address is required for electronic delivery, use etranscript@nasba.org. Electronically delivered transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
  • Photocopies of transcripts are not official and cannot be accepted.
  • Transcripts marked “Issued to Student” are acceptable.
  • If required documentation is not received, the application will be determined to be incomplete and you will not be permitted to take the examination and will forfeit the application fee you paid.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied when you submit your transcripts, your education documents will be kept on file for one year. After that time, the documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents when you apply.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

If you have earned education credentials outside the U.S., you must:

  • have your credentials evaluated by an acceptable international education evaluation service before applying for the examination. The following services are acceptable:
  • obtain the form to request this service from the evaluation service agency,
  • submit a translated copy of each international transcript used for the evaluation,
  • require the agency to evaluate as follows:
    • An equivalency summary that indicates the analogous academic degrees in the U.S. you hold;
    • A credential analysis that specifies:
      • The name of the country;
      • The degree awarded;
      • The year the degree was awarded; and
      • The entity that awarded the degree;
    • A course-by-course listing; and
    • A course credit analysis that includes:
      • Total credits earned toward the degree as stated on transcripts submitted;
      • Total accounting credits earned; and
      • Total business credits earned.
  • Completed original evaluations must be received by CPAES directly from the evaluation service within 60 days from the date your examination application is received. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • If required documentation is not received, the application will be determined to be incomplete and you will not be permitted to take the examination and will forfeit the application fee paid.
  • A copy of the international transcript must be included with the report sent to NASBA for each individual evaluation from the evaluation service. The application will be considered incomplete without these documents and the processing of the application will not move forward until transcripts are provided.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied, education documents received will be kept on file for one year. After that time, these documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents at the time of application.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.
  • Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant or similar program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.

Course Requirements

  • Credit earned for CPA review courses is acceptable toward the education requirement provided credit was awarded by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Correspondence, CLEP, CPA Review and online courses are acceptable when you receive credit for the courses at a regionally accredited U.S. university. These courses must appear on an official transcript. There is a limit of six semester hours of these types of courses that can be accepted toward the accounting requirement.
  • Courses earned at a community college or two-year degree granting institution are acceptable.
  • Developmental and remedial courses are NOT college level and cannot be counted.

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Mail: Kansas Coordinator
CPA Examination Services
PO Box 198469
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-8469