What is the IQEX?

The International Qualification Examination (IQEX) is for accounting professionals who are members of non-U.S. professional associations that have entered into mutual recognition agreements with the U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB). In November 2012, the IQEX transitioned to a new format that uses an administration of the Uniform CPA Examination’s Regulation section.

Before applying to take the IQEX, it is strongly recommended you familiarize yourself with the IQEX Candidate Bulletin and eligibility requirements.

The exam covers ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, business law and taxation related specifically to U.S. accounting practice. The IQEX exam is not a substitute for the U.S. CPA Examination, and is used only to test areas related specifically to accounting practice in the U.S. Mutual recognition agreements on behalf of the U.S. accounting profession are prepared under the oversight of the International Qualification Appraisal Board (IQAB), a joint body of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).

Since the IQEX exam uses administrations of the Uniform CPA Examination Regulation section, the content and format has changed accordingly. The IQEX exam no longer has a dedicated content specification outline (CSO) and has instead assumed the content outlined in the Regulation section of the Uniform CPA Examination CSOs. Simulations are included, and IQEX candidates are expected to familiarize themselves with the format and navigation for these questions. IQEX candidates should visit the Uniform CPA Examination Tutorial and Sample Test found on the AICPA website for a walkthrough and authentic hands-on experience of the Regulation section of the Uniform CPA Examination.

Due to NASBA’s National Candidate Database system migration, no Notices to Schedule will be issued after February 16. The NTS for any application submitted after February 16 will be issued after the migration has been completed on March 5.

NASBA’s NTS Reprint tool will also be unavailable during the migration February 16 – March 5. You will not be able to reprint a previously issued NTS during that time.

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We have established Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) with the following countries that enable you to qualify for the IQEX:

> Australia – CA
> Canada
> Hong Kong
> Ireland
> Mexico
> New Zealand

If your professional credential institute is not listed and you want to be licensed as a CPA in the U.S., you will need to take the Uniform CPA Examination as a candidate of one of the 55 jurisdictions:

Learn more about the Uniform CPA Exam
Read about becoming a CPA
> Begin the CPA Exam Application Process

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