|Education Requirements||Other Requirements|
|Hours Required for Exam: Baccalaureate Degree, including 150 semester hours of postsecondary, graduate, or postgraduate education||Residency Required: Louisiana resident for a minimum of 120 days within one year of initial exam date|
|Hours Required for Licensure: N/A||Minimum Age: N/A|
|Degree Required: Bachelor's||Application Fee: $130.00|
|Additional Requirements: 24 semester hours of business courses other than accounting, including at least 3 semester hours in commercial law as it affects accountancy. An accounting concentration of 25 semester hours at the undergraduate
level or 21 semester hours on the graduate level.
|Additional Note: one full year of full-time (or 2,000 hours of part-time) qualifying work experience obtained within the last four years is 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 state’s requirements and qualifications for 2015. Each state has its own set of eligibility
requirements for the CPA exam, which should not be confused with licensing requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of Louisiana.
The State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana requires applicants to be state residents for a minimum of 120 days within one year of the initial exam date. Candidates must be of good moral character and must hold at least a baccalaureate
degree. They must also meet specific educational requirements as follows:
Louisiana defines first-time applicants as those who have:
First-time applicants must submit a full and completed application, along with an application fee and applicable exam fees. Retake applicants must submit both the applicable registration fees and applicable exam fees.
Once applicants determine that they meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, they can register online through CPAES. Applicants will be prompted to create an account or log in to an existing account to complete their registration. The CPAES account
will allow applicants to apply for the exam, check their application status, update their information, print their Notice(s) To Schedule, and view scores. Paper applications are also available on request. Applications for testing are available
Upon successful state application, candidates will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS), which is valid for one testing event or six months, whichever comes first. The NTS lists the section(s) that the candidate is approved to take, as well as the deadline
for testing in 2015. An examination appointment cannot be scheduled without a valid NTS. Once candidates receive their NTS, they can then contact Prometric to schedule the examination. All scheduling, rescheduling, or cancellation of testing
appointments is done through Prometric. Candidates may schedule and take each section of the CPA Exam only once during a testing window. Testing windows are as follows:
Candidates can take one or more sections of the exam at a time and must pay the following fees to CPAES at the time of application:
Upon completing each section of the exam, candidates can obtain their scores online once NASBA has released the information. They can also elect to have exam scores mailed to them.
See When are CPA Exam Scores Released for more CPA Exam Results information.
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