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.

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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Send any additional required information or documents to:

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

Materials to be Submitted with Application

  1. Official transcript(s). Submission by you or school to CPAES.
  2. Attestation and Affidavit Form. Submission by you to CPAES.
  3. Three Certificates of Good Moral Character. Submission by references to CPAES.
  4. A complete SSN Affidavit, if applicable. Submission by you to CPAES.
  5. Photograph Form with a 2×2 photograph taken within the last three months, showing your head and shoulders only.
  6. International Evaluation, if applicable. Submission by you or evaluation agency to CPAES.
  7. 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.

If you wish to transfer credit(s) from another jurisdiction into Montana, you must have earned credit under the same rules as are in effect in Montana. If you have passed any sections of the CPA examination under another jurisdiction, you shall be given conditional credit by this Board, provided you are still eligible to be considered a re-examination candidate in the original jurisdiction where credit was earned.

If you have not passed all four sections of the exam, send grade verifications to CPA Examination Services, along with the fee. If you have passed all four sections, send grade verifications to the State Board Office, along with the fee.

Licensure/Certificate

In order to obtain a license/certificate, a baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 150 semester hours is required.

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 $195.00

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 $135.00
3 examination sections $120.00
2 examination sections $105.00
1 examination section $90.00

 

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

As a first-time applicant, you must have:

  • Completed at least 24 semester hours of upper division or graduate level accounting courses, including at least one course in each of the following subject areas:
    • financial accounting,
    • auditing,
    • taxation,
    • management accounting, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in business related courses, such as:
    • information systems,
    • business law,
    • finance,
    • economics,
    • marketing,
    • ethics,
    • organizational behavior,
    • quantitative applications in business,
    • communication skills.

All educational requirements must be met at the time of application. Official educational transcript(s) and/or foreign evaluations are required to be submitted to CPAES directly from the academic institution(s) or the evaluation service.

An upper-division course is normally defined as a course taken at the junior or senior level and would exclude introductory courses in accounting and economics. One quarter unit or hour of credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester unit or hour.

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 program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.

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., you must:

  • have your educational credentials evaluated by:
    • Foreign Academic Credentials Service, Inc.
  • 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 CPA review courses are not acceptable.
  • Education earned at a community college or two-year degree granting institution is acceptable.
  • Upper-division courses are normally defined as junior or senior level. In accounting, this would be all courses taken beyond the elementary level.
  • Graduate level is defined as courses that apply toward an advanced degree offered by an accredited educational institution offering bachelor’s and graduate degrees in business or accounting.
  • 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.
  • One quarter unit or hour of credit is equivalent to two thirds of a semester unit or hour.

Residency

There is not a residency requirement for the state of Montana.

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Nashville, Tennessee 37219-8469