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 nine months.

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.

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Louisiana offers pre-evaluation as an optional service. A pre-evaluation will identify any academic deficiencies in your education before you submit a first-time application for the Exam. For additional information and to begin a pre-evaluation application, click here.

Send any additional required information or documents to:

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

Materials to be Submitted with Application

  1. Official transcript(s). Submission by you or school to CPAES.
  2. Affidavit for Course Substitution, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.
  3. Course descriptions, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.
  4. Signed References Form. Submission by you to CPAES.
  5. International Evaluation, if applicable. Submission by you or evaluation agency to CPAES.
  6. ADA Accommodation Form, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.

 

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(s) from another jurisdiction into Louisiana, you must have earned credit under the same rules as are in effect in Louisiana. If you have passed one 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 Louisiana 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 nine months.

Application Fee

$150.00

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 $75.00
3 examination sections $75.00
2 examination sections $75.00
1 examination section $75.00

 

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

Eligibility for Examination

You must be of good moral character and meet the following educational requirements:

  • have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from an academic institution recognized by the Board; and
  • have completed a minimum of 150 semester (225 quarter) hours of postsecondary, graduate or postgraduate education at an institution(s) recognized by the Board (refer to the “150 Hour Requirement” section below); and
  • have completed 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of business courses other than accounting, including at least 3 semester (4.5 quarter) hours in commercial law as it affects accountancy; and
  • have completed an accounting concentration of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours at the undergraduate level OR 21 semester (31.5 quarter) hours on the graduate level in courses distributed as follows:
Undergraduate Level Semester Hours Quarter Hours Graduate Level Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Intermediate Accounting
6
9
Intermediate Accounting
3
4.5
Cost Accounting
3
4.5
Cost Accounting
3
4.5
Income Tax Accounting
3
4.5
Income Tax Accounting
3
4.5
Auditing
3
4.5
Auditing
3
4.5
Accounting Elective
9
13.5
Accounting Elective
9
13.5

 

Accounting electives must include 3 semester (4 quarter) hours in advanced financial accounting, not-for-profit accounting/auditing, or accounting theory; and 6 semester (8 quarter) hours in accounting above the elementary or introductory level.

All educational transcripts and/or foreign evaluations are required to be submitted at the time of application. You may submit official educational transcripts and/or foreign evaluations to CPAES.

150 Hour Requirement

If you obtained a baccalaureate degree before 1992 from a Louisiana college or university which includes a concentration in accounting, please contact the Board to determine if you qualify for an exemption. If you took an examination approved by the Board prior to December 31, 1996, you remained eligible to take the examination until December 31, 1999. If you earned conditional credit which expires after December 31, 1999, you remain eligible until your conditional credit expires. The educational requirements cannot be circumvented by taking the CPA examination as an applicant of another state. Additional information about the 150 hour requirement is available upon request.

If your programs of study from institutions outside Louisiana do not include credit hours in the prescribed courses as described above, you may petition the Board for course substitution. The Board may, when good cause is shown, allow substitution of courses that are substantially equivalent to any of those prescribed.

Documentation of good cause for any requested substitution should be submitted in the form of an Affidavit for Course Substitution sworn to and subscribed by you and an officer of the institution where the course to be substituted was taken.

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 completed educational requirements at institutions outside the U.S. at the time of application, you must:

  • have your credentials evaluated by the Foreign Academic Credentials Service (FACS). All education transcripts and/or international evaluations are required to be submitted at the time of application.
  • 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

  • Commercial Law must cover the Uniform Commercial Code and other topics of special relevance to accounting and must have been developed specifically for accounting majors and CPA examination applicants. Graduate or undergraduate courses emphasizing consumer protection and the regulatory environment will NOT be accepted in fulfillment of the Commercial Law or Accounting Elective requirement.
  • Accounting and business internships are not accepted toward the accounting or business requirements.
  • Under the 150 hour requirement, no more than six semester hours of accounting and business internships are acceptable.
  • Credit obtained from accredited “junior,” “community,” or “two-year” colleges prior to, or concurrently with, the enrollment at a four-year institution, will be recognized to the extent it is recognized by the four-year institution and transferred to its official transcript as credit earned. Credit obtained at junior, community, or two-year colleges after the completion of course work at a four-year institution will not be accepted unless the candidate received advance approval by the Board.
  • Correspondence and online courses are acceptable when you receive credit for the courses at a regionally accredited university. These courses must appear on an official transcript.
  • CLEP courses are only acceptable to the extent they satisfy your degree requirements.
  • Commercial CPA Review Courses are not acceptable.
  • Course descriptions of all accounting and business courses taken at academic institutions outside Louisiana not clearly identified by titles are required.

References

As a first time applicant, you must submit reference signatures from three individuals that can attest to your moral character. References should be from CPAs or substantial and representative business or professional individuals. They should NOT be submitted by the following individuals:

  • Current or former employer
  • More than one member of a household
  • Relative (by blood or marriage)
  • Roommate
  • Fellow student
  • University or college instructor (unless they have had significant contact with you outside the classroom)
  • Person with which you have a financial or business investment

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Residency

You must have maintained continuous residency in Louisiana for 120 days within one year preceding the application date to take the examination.

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