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Rhode Island CPA Requirements

See what you need to become a CPA in Rhode Island. Download your FREE Rhode Island CPA Requirements Guide to learn everything you need to become a CPA in RI!

How to Become a CPA in Rhode Island

Curious how to become a CPA in Rhode Island? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to your one-stop-shop for CPA Requirements in Rhode Island. Navigate through the tabs below for a comprehensive overview of your state’s specific CPA requirements, including: education and residency requirements, licensure details, who to contact, and how much the exam costs.

150

Semester Units

1

Year of Experience

$1,050

in Application Fees

Yes

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

One

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

Yes

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Rhode Island CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 150 semester units (225 quarter units) required for licensure, but not needed to sit for the exam

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate with 150 semester units or Graduate degree with 150 semester units or special 120 hour rule

Additional Requirements: Graduate Degree with concentration in accounting. Graduate Degree accredited in business-24 semester or equivalent quarter hours in undergraduate accounting or 15 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in graduate accounting or a combination thereof. B.A. Degree or higher degree with 24 semester or equivalent quarter hours in undergraduate or graduate level accounting. Transfer of grades – the applicant must meet all current requirements in Rhode Island at the time the application is made


Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: None

Additional Requirements: Candidate must be a Rhode Island resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

State License Requirements

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 Semester hours including Bachelor’s Degree

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year experience gained through employment in public practice, government, industry, education, or a combination thereof

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

State Board Contacts

Rhode Island Board of Accountancy
233 Richmond Street, Suite 236
Providence, RI 02903-4236

Email: rsnyder@dbr.state.ri.us
Phone: 401-222-3185
Fax: 401-222-6654

CPA Fees

Initial Application Fees $150
AUD $224.99
BEC $224.99
FAR $224.99
REG $224.99
Total $1049.96

   *$75 re-examination application fee

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