A Certified Public Accountant must meet various state educational and experience requirements in addition to passing the standardized examination prepared by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The Louisiana State Board of Public Accountancy requires that an applicant hold a baccalaureate or higher degree and has earned specified hours in accounting and business courses as described in detail below to be eligible to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. To become licensed, an individual must satisfy the 150-semester hour requirement before December 31st of the fifth calendar year following successful completion of the CPA exam. The additional 30 semester hours can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students may wish to consider getting a double major while working on the undergraduate accounting degree or pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) upon completion of the undergraduate accounting degree. Students should consult with their academic advisor to help determine the best course of action. The transcripts must include the following courses:
|Accounting Courses:||Sem. Hrs.|
|(a) from Advanced Financial accounting, Theory or Not-for-Profit accounting/auditing||
|(b) Accounting courses above the basic and beyond the elementary||
|(Caution: Internship courses do not satisfy this requirement.)|
|Business Courses (other than accounting):|
|Commercial Law (as it affects accountancy):||3|
|Other Business courses||21|
|Total Business courses other than accounting||24|
The CPA requirements vary from state to state. If a student plans to seek certification in another state, the board of accountancy in that state should be contacted for specific requirements. In Louisiana, contact the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana, 601 Poydras Street, Suite 1770, New Orleans, LA 70130, phone number 504-566-1244, fax 504-566-1252.
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