Rhode Island CPA Requirements

To obtain CPA licensure, you must meet the three Es: Education, Experience, and Exam. Please note there are different accounting and business education requirements for examination and licensure in Rhode Island. See the charts below for these requirements.

 

Education Requirements for CPA Examination

Degree

Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited university.

Accounting Coursework

24 semester hours to include 6 semester hours in both fundamental accounting and intermediate financial accounting and reporting. A minimum of 3 semester hours in each of the following: advanced financial accounting and reporting; tax accounting; and auditing.

Business Coursework

24 semester hours to include 3 semester hours in business law and 3 semester hours in economics.

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours

 

Additional Exam Information

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Complete all education requirements.

Application Documents

Application documents found on the board website.

 

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Rhode Island. The combination of the BSAC and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program meets the education requirements for CPA examination and licensure.  In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete the following to be licensed.

 

Education Requirements for CPA Licensure

Ethics Coursework

Must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours

 

Experience Requirements for Licensure

Minimum Work Experience

One-year of full-time experience to include a minimum of 2,000 qualifying hours.

 

Additional information can be found on the Rhode Island Board of Accountancy website.

 

Note: Completing a WGU degree program does not guarantee employment or licensure in any profession. Requirements for licensure in accounting vary from state to state. For example, some states require a background check that may disqualify you from obtaining a license if you have committed certain actions, crimes, or misdemeanors. Students should contact WGU Business Licensure at licensure@wgu.edu prior to contacting their State Board of Accountancy regarding education and experience requirements. The Licensure team is available to students and alumni for all accounting licensure questions and advisement.  Although the Licensure team can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to continually check with the state licensing board where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing requirements.

 

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