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Before applying for a CPA license through NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s licensure requirements below.
To apply for a CPA license, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our licensing online application tool. Registering for a user account will allow you to obtain the required documents to submit with your licensure application, apply for the license, maintain your current information and check the status of your license application.
Please allow up to two 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.
Applicants must meet each of the following:
For those who graduated before December 31, 1999, applicants must meet one of the following:
For those who graduated after December 31, 1999:
Applicants must pass the Uniform CPA Examination.
Experience Requirement for Licensure Effective July 1, 2013
One (1) year of full-time experience in the areas of public accounting, industry/private practice, or academia:
Effective January 1, 2014, NASBA will no longer accept paper applications. All applications for licensure and/or renewal must be submitted through the NASBA Online Licensing Application System.
Click the following links to apply online:
Applicants who obtained their education outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the Puerto Rico State Board approved foreign credential evaluation services listed below. Please note: Only applicants with U.S. citizenship will be considered for licensure.
To apply for a firm license in Puerto Rico, a firm must meet each of the following requirements:
Continuing Professional Education – CPE
Click the following links to apply online:
August 1 to December 1 (every three years).
August 1 to July 31
Please Note: If an application is past the 12/1 deadline, CPE can only be counted from the date the application was received and back three years.
Extensions may be requested from the Board to complete the continuing education requirements. The deadline to request it is December 1st of the year in which the license expires and must be requested together with the renewal application and the required information.
Public Practice CPA
Total 120 CPE credits
Private Practice CPA
Total = 120 CPE credits
Verification of licensure
Individuals needing verifications on board-specific forms must apply and pay online, then email the form to email@example.com.
CPE Extension Form
Toll Free: (866) 350-0017
Exam Fees. The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Puerto Rico is $743 plus the initial $210 application fee. The re-examination registration fee varies depending on the number of sections you are signing up for.What CPA means? ›
A CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, is a trusted financial advisor who helps individuals, businesses, and other organizations plan and reach their financial goals. Whatever those goals-saving for a new home, opening a new office, or planning a multi-billion dollar merger-CPAs can help.How much does a CPA earn near Puerto Rico? ›
|Annual Salary||Hourly Wage|
The Uniform CPA Examination pass rate percentages are released by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and historically average around 45%-55%, varying by quarter and section.How hard is the CPA exam? ›
About half of the individuals who take the CPA Exam don't pass on their first attempt. According to the AICPA, the national average pass rate is 45-55%. Cumulative pass rates reported by the AICPA for the calendar year 2021 show that FAR had the lowest pass rate at 44.54% and BEC had the highest pass rate at 61.94%.Is being a CPA a big deal? ›
Yes, the CPA designation is one that is viewed as very prestigious by the business community. Having these three letters next to your name represents a thorough knowledge of accounting processes and a dedication to the profession.Why getting a CPA is worth it? ›
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPA holders earn a median salary that is 20% higher than the median salary for all other occupations. And CPAs in management positions earn even more, with a median salary that is nearly 50% higher than the median for all other occupations.What is the lowest paid CPA? ›
The average salary for entry-level CPAs is about $64,000, but the entry-level CPA salary range spans from $44,000 to $84,500 depending on where you live and work.What is the highest paid CPA in USA? ›
|Industry/Field||Average Annual Salary|
|Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing||$ 124,180|
|Information Services||$ 121,930|
|Drinking Places (Alcohol Industries)||$ 134,270|
|Federal Executive Branch||$107,170|
What is a CPA starting salary? According to data from PayScale, CPAs in their first year of working in the field earn an average salary of $54,000 as of October 2021. This average increases to $60,000 in the first four years of working in the field.
- Education. Baccalaureate degree is required 150 total semester hours 32 semester hours of accounting 32 semester hours of business. Additional semester hour requirements. ...
- Residency. US citizenship is required. Puerto Rico residency is required.
- Age. Minimum age: 21 Years Old.
Hawaii Exam Fees
The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Hawaii is $743 plus the initial $145 application fee. The re-examination registration fee varies depending on the number of sections you are signing up for.
|Initial Exam Application||$180.00|
|Total for all 4 CPA Exam Sections||$952.60|
|Initial License Fee||$175.00|
|Annual Renewal Fee||$130.00|
|Penalty for Late Renewal||$100.00|
Examination Application Fee
$100 Fee for First-time Applicants - To be paid if you are applying to sit for the CPA Exam as a California candidate for the first time.