DBPR and the Board of Accountancy Allow Applicants to Take Licensing Exam Sooner
November 4, 2008
TALLAHASSEE- Today, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Board of Accountancy adopted a new rule decreasing the number of educational hours required to sit for the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. The new rule will go into effect on Nov. 23, 2008.
“The number of licensed CPAs in Florida has been decreasing over the last five years, and we hope the amended education requirement will bring students back to the profession,” said Secretary Charles W. Drago. “This amended rule is a great example of reducing regulation and promoting licensure, while continuing to keep consumer protection our top priority.”
The amended rule, 61H1-27.002(3), allows applicants to sit upon completion of a total of 120 semester or 160 quarter hours and decreases the number of accounting and business hours needed to be eligible to take the licensure examination from 36 semester or 54 quarter hours of upper division accounting to 24 semester or 36 quarter hours. This rule change is being made as a result of House Bill 797, which revised the education requirements to sit for the CPA examination and also required one year of work experience for CPA licensure in the state of Florida.
This Division of Certified Public Accounting’s mission is to promote consumer protection by ensuring that certified public accountants and firms meet and adhere to the statutory requirements for licensure.
The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.