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Licensing/Certification Requirements
In Nevada there are 3 types of applications for certification:
  • Nevada Examinee Original Certification - This application is for individuals who passed the exam in Nevada and are not licensed.

  • Original Certification - This application is for individuals who passed the exam in another state and are not licensed.

  • Reciprocity - This application is for individuals who are licensed in another state. Reciprocity is licensure based on the application of Nevada's experience and education requirements at the time originally licensed. The fact that you are licensed in another state does not guarantee licensure in Nevada. Evidence of Nevada's requirements must be provided as part of the application. Each person may have a specific situation that does not apply to the guidelines listed below based on the date of licensure. Please contact this office for more information related to you directly.

The following information must be provided to complete your file prior to board consideration and approval:

Application:

Background Investigation:

  • Complete Fingerprint Cards. The Board is mandated to conduct an Investigation of Criminal History on all applicants for certification as provided in NAC 628.019.

    Electronic Fingerprinting is also available. Click here for more information.

Grades/Licensure Verification:

  • Verification of CPA Examination Grades and licensure from the original state of issuance. The form must be completed by your original state board and returned to this office. If you passed the exam in Nevada, your scores are on file and the verification is not necessary.

Education:

Official transcripts indicating your degree must be sent to this board directly from your college or university upon the request of the applicant. If you passed the exam in Nevada, your transcripts are on file. Degrees obtained from a University or College outside of the United States must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. The foreign evaluation must be sent from the company providing the service.

Below is Nevada's current education requirement. If you conditioned or passed the exam prior to January 1, 2001, your education requirement will be different. Please contact the board office for a determination of your education requirement.

Applicant for CPA Certification must have a Bachelors Degree that includes 150 credits of education. Included in the 150 credits the applicant must have the following:

30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits in Accounting courses above the introductory level. Subjects to be covered include:

Financial Accounting 9 Credits
Cost Accounting 3 Credits
Auditing 3 Credits
Federal Income Tax 3 Credits
Accounting Electives 12 Credits

3 semester credits or 4.5 quarter credits of Business Law

24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits in Business at the undergraduate or graduate level. The courses must in areas other than accounting and courses already provided above.
Subjects to covered include:

Behavior of Organizations
Business Finance
Business Law
Computers
Data Processing
Economics
Ethics in Business
  Management
Marketing
Oral Communication
Quantitative Applications in Business
Statistics
Communication
Legal & Social Environment

All foreign evaluated transcripts must give a detailed listing of each course indicating the U.S. equivalency of the semester credits and course descriptions in order to apply the 150 hour requirement accurately.

If you have questions regarding your education please contact the board office at (775) 786-0231.

Experience:

Click here for updated information on Experience

 

Ethics:

  • Provide results of a Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics) exam taken within the last 3 years. If you have not taken the ethics exam or the last one taken is over 3 years old, the exam may be ordered through the AICPA Professional Ethics for CPA's (1-888-777-7077) or PES Ethics & Professional Conduct (1-800-990-2731).

Moral Character References:

Moral character reference forms to be signed by individuals who will verify your fiscal integrity. It should not be signed by a relative of the applicant.

Continuing Education:

Reciprocity Applicants Only: A minimum of twenty (20) credits of Continuing Education must be submitted with the application or within 12 months following the date of application.

Deadline:

Our Board meeting schedule can be found by clicking here. The dealine for receipt of all items required for CPA licensure, is two weeks prior to each Board meeting. No exceptions.

NOTE:

A file is established upon receipt of the application. All forms may be returned directly to the board from the individuals responsible for completion or you may accumulate the forms and send together with your application. Your application for licensure will not be presented to the Board for approval until your file is complete with all documents received.
Please click here for the status of your application.

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