Illinois CPA Requirements

A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy.

To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

Illinois CPA licensure Requirements – Overview
Educational Hours Required for Licensure150 Semester Hours
Residency RequiredU.S. citizen or legal resident
Degree RequiredBachelor’s or Master’s
Minimum AgeNot required
Application Fee$120.00
Additional RequirementsIllinois Board of Accountancy Site

Educational Hours Required for licensure

The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional, and ethical standards. In addition, candidates must pass the rigorous CPA exam in order to earn the distinction of this credential. Before candidates can sit for the exam, they must satisfy their Illinois CPA requirements and qualifications. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA licensure, which should not be confused with CPA exam requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of Illinois.

Pass Uniform CPA Exam + AICPA Ethics Exam* = Certification Number Issued

Minimum age required

Minimum age not required. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or legally present in the United States.

Professional Ethics

Candidates who have successfully passed the examination will be required to complete the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s continuing professional educational course “Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course On-Demand (For Licensure).”

Fees

$120 for the individual application.

Work Experience

Applicants must have completed at least one (1) year of full-time experience, or its equivalent, providing any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills, which may be gained through employment in government, industry, academia, or public practice.

  • 33 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting (excluding introductory courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level
  • 27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • A reciprocal certificate based on a certificate issued by another state may be issued without examination to an applicant who meets the qualifications.

A firm license process

Each firm and office thereof established or maintained for the practice of public accountancy in this State shall register with the Board within 30 days after it is opened, and annually thereafter, on a form prescribed by the Board.

Each office shall be under the direct supervision of a resident manager who must be registered with this Board and the holder of a valid annual permit.

Additional Information

While we do our best to keep all of this information up to date you are welcome to visit and or contact that Illinois Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

Illinois State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation – Division of Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street,
3rd Floor Springfield,
Illinois 62786
Phone: (800) 560-6420
Fax: (217) 782-3390
Email: fpr.prfgroup01@illinois.gov
Web: www.idfpr.com
CPA Certification form: Illinois CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Illinois Annual Registration Form

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