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The AICPA Board of Examiners has released for comment "Maintaining the Relevance of the Uniform CPA Examination," an exposure draft based on the Board’s CPA practice analysis to ensure the Examination retains its validity, legal defensibility and relevance to the profession. It contains an explanation of the research and the proposed changes for the next version of the Uniform CPA Examination, to be launched in 2017. These include:
The exposure draft explains: "For the purpose of identifying the domain of tasks, knowledge and skills necessary to protect the public interest, a ‘newly licensed CPA’ is defined as one who has fulfilled the applicable jurisdiction’s education and experience requirements and has the knowledge and skills typically possessed by a person with two years of experience."
The Board of Examiners is seeking comments related both to the implementation of the next version of the Uniform CPA Examination as well as those to be considered for future implementation. Comments are being requested on: agreement with testing higher-order skills, completeness of the detailed blueprints, alignment of the knowledge and skills being tested with what is required of a newly licensed CPA, and sufficient guidance for candidates.
NASBA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Colleen K. Conrad stated: "NASBA will be talking with Boards in the weeks ahead to gain an understanding of any suggestions or concerns, and to help formulate NASBA’s response to the exposure draft." Ms. Conrad advised Boards to contact her or NASBA Vice President – Strategic Planning and Program Management Ed Barnicott if they would like a NASBA representative to attend a Board meeting to discuss the exposure draft in more detail and answer questions. Ms. Conrad will be moderating a NASBA Annual Meeting panel focused on the exposure draft. Panelists will include: Board of Examiners Chair Frederick Niswander, AICPA Vice President- Examinations Michael A. Decker, and NASBA CBT Administration Committee Chair Richard N. Reisig. NASBA is developing a response to the exposure draft which will be provided to the State Boards before the Annual Meeting.
The Board of Examiners has requested comments be submitted in the form of a letter via e-mail to ExposureDraft@aicpa.org by November 30, 2015.
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