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CPA Examination Information

The Illinois Board of Examiners web site (www.ilboa.org) documents the process, educational requirements, and informaiton about the Illinois Certification. 

Click here for information on the Uniform CPA Examination process.

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The following is an excerpt from the official site for the Illinois CPA Examination. There will be some changes in the educational requirements as of July 1, 2013 (see www.ilboa.org). We have summarized the educational requirement changes.

To be admitted to take the examination for the first time after January 1, 2001, a candidate for the Illinois CPA examination must have successfully completed at least 150 semester hours of acceptable credit including a baccalaureate or higher degree. A candidate will be deemed to have met the education requirement if, as part of the 150 semester hours of education as determined by the Board, he or she has met any one of the four conditions listed below.

With each of the conditions listed below, accounting hours do not include business law, and no more than six semester hours of accounting may be obtained through internships or life-experience credit posted on a college transcript.

    1. 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.
    2. Earned a graduate degree from a program that is accredited in business by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and completed at least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level or equivalent combination thereof, including courses covering the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting.
    3. Earned a baccalaureate degree from a program that is accredited in business by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and completed 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level, including courses covering the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; and completed at least 24 semester hours of business courses, or substantially equivalent (other than accounting) courses, at the undergraduate or graduate level.
    4. Earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited educational institution or other institution recognized by the Board, including at least 24 semester hours of accounting at the undergraduate and/or graduate level 2 with at least one course each in financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting and at least 24 semester hours in business courses or substantially equivalent (other than accounting) courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.