Rhode Island CPA Requirements
Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Rhode Island? Each state or region in the United States has a different set of requirements in order to sit for the test. If you are considering Rhode Island, you should first understand if you meet all of the necessary qualifications including education, residency, and age requirements. Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all Rhode Island CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you are eligible to sit for the exam if you have a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program that is recognized by the Board?
Please note that obtaining a CPA license in RI may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.
The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in November 2017.
CPA Exam Requirements in Rhode Island
- Baccalaureate degree is required.
- 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
- Additional semester hour requirements. See full education requirements on the Rhode Island Board of Accountancy website.
Rhode Island State Requirements & Education Options
Eligibility for Examination
You must be a resident, regularly employed, or have a place of business in Rhode Island, and meet one of the following educational requirements:
After July 1, 1999, you will be deemed to have met the education requirement if, as part of the 150 semester hours of education, you have met any one of the following conditions:
- Earned a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program that is accredited in accounting by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board.
- Earned a graduate degree from a program that is accredited in business by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and completed not less than 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination thereof. The accounting courses must include at least: six semester hours in both fundamental accounting and intermediate financial accounting and reporting and not less than three semester hours in each of the following: advanced financial accounting and reporting, tax accounting and auditing.
- Earned a baccalaureate degree or higher degree at an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and completed not less than 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level, and completed not less than 24 semester hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level. The accounting courses must include at least: six semester hours in both fundamental accounting and intermediate financial accounting and reporting and not less than three semester hours in each of the following: advanced financial accounting and reporting, tax accounting and auditing. The business courses must include not less than three semester hours in both business law and economics.
US citizenship is not required.
Rhode Island residency is required.
No Age Requirement
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CPA License Requirements in Rhode Island
Continuing education is required.
Work experience is required.
Social Security Number is required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.
Getting your CPA license in Rhode Island can mean that additional requirements must be met. Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the Rhode Island State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.