Applying for the Uniform CPA Examination

The first step when applying for the Uniform CPA Examination through CPA Examination Services is to familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s ‘Eligibility Requirements’ and ‘Materials to be Submitted.’ You must read the Candidate Guide before submitting any applications.

Once you are ready to begin the application process, sign up for an Okta account through https://dashboard.nasba.org. You will receive an email to verify your Okta account creation. You can log into your application dashboard and click the CPA Portal button. Next, there will be an option to select ‘New Candidate,’ where you can enter your new candidate information, or ‘Existing Candidate,’ where you can enter information to match the application information we already have on file. You will receive a second email verifying your enrollment into the CPA Portal. Once completed, you will have access to your CPA Portal, where you can submit online applications and payments, maintain your candidate information, and view and print your receipts, Notice to Schedules (NTS), and Score Notices. When applying for Exam sections, you may only do so for one Exam section per exam section application. You may submit more than one Exam section application but are only allowed one NTS per Exam section. You should only apply for the Exam section if you are ready to take it within the next six months.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for Examination

To be eligible to take the CPA exam, you must have completed:

  • At least one hundred twenty semester hours (one hundred eighty quarter hours) of college education, including:
    • A baccalaureate or higher degree; and
    • An accounting major or concentration as defined as at least:
      • Twenty-four semester hours (thirty-six quarter hours) or the equivalent in accounting subjects of which at least fifteen semester hours must be at the upper level or graduate level (an upper-level course is defined as a course that frequently carries completion of a lower-level course(s) as a prerequisite); and
      • Twenty-four semester hours (thirty-six quarter hours) or the equivalent in business administration subjects at the undergraduate or graduate level.

** Prior to applying for CPA licensure, you must complete the remaining hours indicated below and submit your official transcripts to CPA Exam Services (CPAES).

To qualify for CPA licensure, you must have completed:

  • At least one hundred fifty semester hours (two hundred twenty-five quarter hours) of college education, including:
    • A baccalaureate or higher degree; and
    • An accounting major or concentration as defined as at least:
      • Twenty-four semester hours (thirty-six quarter hours) or the equivalent in accounting subjects of which at least fifteen semester hours must be at the upper level or graduate level (an upper level course is defined as a course that frequently carries completion of a lower level course(s) as a prerequisite); and
      • Twenty-four semester hours (thirty-six quarter hours) or the equivalent in business administration subjects at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Transcripts

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

  • You must submit an official transcript(s)
  • 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.
  • 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 [email protected]. Electronically delivered transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
  • Photocopies of transcripts are not official and cannot be accepted.
  • 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.:

The Washington Board has approved NASBA International Evaluation Services (NIES) as the recognized evaluation service regarding evaluation of international credentials. Email: [email protected]

  • 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 at the time of application. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • 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.

Public Disclosure Act: the Washington State Board of Accountancy is required to comply with the Public Disclosure Act, Chapter 42.56 RCW. This act establishes a strong state mandate in favor of disclosure of public records. As such, the information you submit to the Board, including personal information, may ultimately be subject to disclosure as public record.

Course Requirements

  • Credit for correspondence, Pass/fail, internship 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. The college or university establishes the number of credit hours for the course.
  • An upper level course is defined as a course that requires completion of a lower level course as a prerequisite.

Residency

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

Materials to be Submitted

  1. Official transcript(s). Transcripts must be sent directly from your school to CPA Examination Services.
  2. International Evaluation, if applicable. Directly from evaluation agency to CPAES.
  3. International transcripts, if applicable, in your native language and translated to English. Directly from each academic institution to CPAES or as an attachment to your International Evaluation Report.
  4. Testing Accommodations Request 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.

Supporting documents are required to be submitted at the time of application. If required documentation is not received within 45 days of the submission date of your application, your application will be marked as incomplete and will not be processed further. Failure to submit all required supporting documents will result in the denial of your application, forfeiture of your application fee, and the secure destruction of all documents submitted.

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 Testing Accommodations Request Form for more information.

Fees

Education Evaluation Application

Before you can apply for an exam section you must first be deemed eligible for the CPA Exam. Your Evaluation Application will determine if you meet the educational requirements needed to take the CPA Exam for your selected jurisdiction.

Education Evaluation Application Fee: $90.00

Exam Section Application

Once you have been found eligible for the CPA Exam you may then apply for a specific exam section. You can only apply for one exam section per application. You are advised to only apply for the exam section if you are ready to take it. Your Notice to Schedule will be valid for a limited amount of time, and you must take the exam section listed on the NTS within this time frame or you will lose those fees paid.

Exam Section Application Fee: $354.80

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 Credit

Candidates are allowed to sit for each section of the examination individually and in any order. Candidates retain credit for any section(s) passed for thirty (36) months, without having to attain a minimum score on failed sections and without regard to whether they have taken other sections. Candidates must pass all four sections of the examination within a “rolling” thirty-six (36) month period that begins on the date of the score release. In the event all four sections of the examination are not passed within the rolling thirty (36)-month period, credit for any section(s) passed outside the thirty (30)-month period will expire and the section(s) must be retaken.

The Board will not grant exceptions to the requirements set forth for any reason.

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USEFUL LINKS

Candidate Guide
Score Information
Score Reprint
NASBA Candidate Identification Cards
Washington State Board
Prometric
AICPA

FORMS

Exception to Policy
Transferring into Washington (FT only)
Testing Accommodations Request Form

CONTACT US

800-CPA-EXAM (800-272-3926)
International: (615) 880-4250

Email Inquiries:
[email protected]

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