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New Jersey CPA License

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you to get a CPA license in New Jersey.

Step 1. Complete Your Education

a. Find and contact the institutions in New Jersey that offer accounting programs, in order to get detailed information. All the certified accountants must meet the educational criteria of the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy. It includes a bachelor’s degree consisting of at least 150 semester hours of college credit and a bachelor’s degree.

b. Also, make sure that the program which you are planning to take is acceptable to the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.

  • If your program is not accredited or you take your program in a foreign college or university, first, the Board-approved education evaluation firm needs to review your credits and make a decision whether your credit is acceptable or not. Then you can take the Uniform CPA Exam.

c. Take the right class. In New Jersey, you need a minimum of 120 semester hours of college coursework and to be able to take the Uniform CPA Exam you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree. For a license, you need 150 semester hours.

There are four ways to become a CPA in New Jersey.

  1. Get a bachelor’s degree in business from a Level 2 AACSB- or ACBSP-accredited College.
  2. Obtain a bachelor’s degree from a Level 1 college accredited by a regional accreditation agency.
  3. Complete a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a Level 3- AACSB- or ACBSP-accredited College.
  4. Earn a graduate degree from a Level 2 AACSB- or ACBSP-accredited business school or college of business.

Step 2. Pass The Uniform CPA Exam

Once you have gained 120 semester hours of the total requirement of 150 and get a bachelor’s degree, you can take the Uniform CPA Examination.

  • Firstly, apply for the exam directly via the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) CPA Examination Services (CPAES). You will get instructions about the documents that you must provide.
  • When they approve your application, you will get the Notice to Schedule (NTS) the Uniform CPA Exam. You will get it by mail, fax, or email.
  • In order to make an appointment for the exam in Utah visit the Prometric testing center website.
  • So, the next step is to come to the testing center on time and take the exam.
  • Your Uniform CPA Exam result note will be mailed to you after they will be tabulated.

Step 3. Get The Necessary Experience.

Once you have met the educational requirements, the next step is to complete New Jersey’s ethics exam and experience requirement, to get your Tennessee CPA license.

a. Before beginning your experience, you must pass a test on the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy’s rules, statutes, and code of ethical behavior. On the Board’s website, you can find a list of licensed class providers.

b. Complete, the required the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy accounting experience for a year. In order to fulfill this requirement contact the nearby institution that will provide experience opportunities:

  • Per year, you need to record 1,750 hours of experience.
  • The internship may be full-time or part-time. Two years of experience is expected while working part-time.
  • It can be paid or volunteer work.
  • It is necessary to achieve experience in auditing or accounting.
  • Public accounting companies, private-sector administration, and the Internal Revenue Service are also examples of future job environments.
  • Your supervisor, who must be a certified CPA or licensed accountant, must verify and record your experience.

c. Throughout your experience, show the following skills. So, you should work in:

  • Public Accountancy
  • Private Industry
  • Government
  • Internal Revenue Service

d. Request you verifying CPA to complete the Experience affidavit and provide all the documents. Also, it must be sent directly to the board by mail.

4. Get Your New Jersey CPA License.

So, if you’ve passed the exam and have got the work experience, then it is time to get your license to work as a CPA. Double-check to make sure that you have done everything and are completely ready. Here is the list of New Jersey CPA license requirements list:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and 150 education hours.
  • Take the Uniform CPA Examination and have corresponding documents.
  • Send official college transcripts to the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy.
  • Take New Jersey Laws, Rules, Ethics Examination.
  • Fill in the Certification of Accounting Experience for Licensure form, ask your verifying CPA to sign it, and send it to the Board.
  • You can apply for a New Jersey CPA License through the Application for Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. Next, send your application and all the documents by mail.

You can apply for a New Jersey CPA License through the Application for Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. Next, send your application and all the documents by mail.

Interstate Reciprocal License

If you have a license from another state but want to work as a CPA in New Jersey, you need to meet all of the requirements of a CPA certificate holder in New Jersey.

International Reciprocal License

The New Jersey State Board of Accountancy and the United States International Qualifications Appraisal Board have agreed that those who have a CPA certificate obtained in a country different from the United States can apply for reciprocal CPA licensure in New Jersey by taking the International Qualification Examination (IQEX).

5. Stay Current Through Continuing Professional Education in New Jersey.

In order to keep your CPA certificate in New Jersey, you need to meet the state’s continuing professional education (CPE) requirements annually.

  • Complete a total of 12 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every 3 years.
  • Take Board-approved subject matter.
  • Ensure to complete accepted format CPE programs.
  • You need to save all the records of the CPE that you took in 5 years after completing the course.

How do I check my CPA score in New Jersey?

If the State Board of Accountancy uses NASBA’s online score retrieval tool, your CPA Exam score is published on the NASBA website. Check with the State Board to see whether they use the NASBA web service and if not, where you can find the results.

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