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
Wisconsin 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 – WI
Materials to be Submitted with Application
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.
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.
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.
Online Scores/Candidate Letters
When getting your scores, be advised that scores are advisory in nature until ratified by the Board; therefore, you must refrain from contacting the Board regarding your licensing status until after you have received your Successful Candidate Letter. Successful Candidate Letters are not printed until the end of the score release.
Candidates are required to pay a fee with each application submited. You are permitted to apply for one or more sections of the Exam at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the Exam if you are ready to take it within the next six months.
First Time Application
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.
Education Requirement for Examination
Applicants are eligible to take the Exam after they complete the education requirements according to Wis. Stats. § 442.04(5)(b)4 which states, “A person is not eligible to take the examination under this subdivision unless the person has completed at least 120 semester hours of education at an institution that include course work in accounting and business subjects, as determined by the examining board.” The required accounting and business subjects are detailed in Wisconsin Administrative Code Accy 2.303 and Accy 2.202. These codes were amended effective June 23, 2017 and can be found in EmR1713.
The accounting and business subjects required are:
•At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, including coverage of each of the following subjects:
Note: The courses covering the subjects of financial accounting, cost or managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing would generally be courses taken beyond the introduction level.
Credit for courses completed at institutions located outside the U.S. must be transferred to an accredited bachelor degree-granting institution inside the U.S. in order for those credits to be accepted toward the education requirement.
Prior to October 1, 2017
A candidate for the Uniform CPA Examination must complete 120 semester hours of education leading to a bachelor’s or graduate degree in accounting that meets the requirements under Accy 2.202 (5).
If you have completed education in the U.S.:
There is not a residency requirement for the state of Wisconsin.
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