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.


NASBA Advisory Evaluation

Ohio offers the NASBA Advisory Evaluation as an optional service. An Advisory Evaluation will identify any academic deficiencies in your education before you submit a first-time application for the Exam. Please visit CPA Central for more information about submitting an Advisory Evaluation in this jurisdiction. You must create a CPA Central user account to begin the Advisory Evaluation process.

You may register online via credit card. 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 – OH
PO Box 198469
Nashville, TN 37219

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for Examination

As a first-time applicant, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old;
  2. Have either a) completed 120 semester hours of college education from an institution accredited by an agency approved by the board or b) earned a minimum score of 670 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT);
  3. Have completed 24 semester hours in business subjects;
  4. Have completed 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level. Eighteen semester hours of graduate credit in accounting will qualify as meeting the requirement.The accounting hours must include at least one course in each of the following:
    • financial accounting
    • management accounting
    • auditing with coverage of GAAS (Internal auditing may not be used for auditing, but may be used as an elective)
    • taxation

Note: Candidates who are licensed using a score on the GMAT in lieu of 120 semester hours of college education may not be able to earn reciprocity in another state without additional education.


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

  • have your credentials evaluated by:
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Please Note: Individuals who complete a professional program may be eligible to receive academic credit toward meeting the educational requirements to sit for the examination if the program includes an academic component and the board approves the qualification/credential.

Course Requirements

  • Commercial CPA review courses are not acceptable.
  • Courses in auditing or external auditing will satisfy the auditing and professional ethics subject requirements.
  • Courses in internal auditing may only be applied toward general accounting hours.
  • Courses earned at a regionally accredited community college or two-year degree granting institution are acceptable.
  • Correspondence, online courses and CLEP credit are acceptable when you receive credit for the courses at a regionally accredited university. These courses must appear on an official transcript.
  • CPA Review Courses may be accepted as an accounting elective when taken at a regionally accredited institution and credit is awarded for the courses.


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

Materials to be Submitted

  1. An official transcript from each school listed on your application. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school to CPA Examination Services.
  2. 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.

If you have previously applied and sat but were currently enrolled in college at the time of application (Certificate of Enrollment form), you are NOT automatically considered a re-examination candidate.

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.


First-Time Application

All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application (Once you have been found eligible, your candidate status will change to Re-examination Applicant.)

Application Fee – $180.00

Re-Exam Application

All re-examination applicants are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of re-exam registration.

Registration Fee – $100.00

Examination Fees

When applying you may select 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.

Auditing and Attestation (AUD) – $238.15
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) – $238.15
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) – $238.15
Regulation (REG) – $238.15

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

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.

A candidate who earns initial conditional credit on one of more subjects of the CPA Examination must complete the remaining subject or subjects of the examination by the last day of the eighteenth month from the date the candidate earns a passing grade on the first CPA Examination subject

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.



Candidate Bulletin
Score Information
Score Reprint
NASBA Candidate Identification Cards
Ohio State Board


Exception to Policy
Transferring into Ohio (FT only)
Information Change Request Form
Testing Accommodations Request Form


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

Email Inquiries:

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