Tennessee CPA Exam Requirements

Requirements

Education Requirements

150 Semester Hours Required to Sit for the Exam? No
Minimum Degree Required: Baccalaureate

Additional Educational Requirements

  • For first time applicants after March 10, 2016, educational requirements vary based on degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the Board:
  • A Baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting; or
  • at least 30 semester (or 45 quarter) hours in accounting, including at least 24 semester hours completed at the upper division level, AND
  • at least 24 semester (or 36 quarter) hours in general business.

Note:

The Tennessee State Board of Accountancy has approved the Accounting concentration be defined as 18 semester hours in upper level division Accounting coursework with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, but this rule has to process through the Tennessee Legislature to be approved officially. This is currently predicted to go into effect late October 2016.

Residency Requirements

U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Applicant must be a resident, employee, OR have office in the state? No

Age Requirements

Age Minimum: None

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Tennessee CPA Exam Requirements exam fees

Initial Application Fee: $170
Audit: $193.45
Financial: $193.45
Regulation: $173.60
Business: $173.60
Total: $904.10

Special Fees: All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application.
All re-examination candidates are required to pay both a registration fee and an examination fee at the time of registration. Registration fees vary based on the number of sections.

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Tennessee CPA Exam Requirements state board contacts

Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
500 James Robertson Parkway
2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-1141

Web: tn.gov/regboards/tnsba/
Phone: 615-741-2550
Fax: 615-532-8800

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Tennessee CPA Exam Requirements Application Process

  • Review exam requirements

    To sit for the CPA exam as a first-time four-part candidate in Tennessee, follow these steps: You will need:

    1. A Baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting conferred by a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the Board; or

    2. A baccalaureate or higher degree with a major other than accounting conferred by a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the Board which includes:

    a) at least 30 semester (or 45 quarter) hours in accounting, including at least 24 semester hours completed at the upper division level, AND

    b) at least 24 semester (or 36 quarter) hours in general business. Business subjects can include: business law, algebra, calculus, statistics, probability economics, finance, management, marketing, technology(computer)/information systems, ethics, business communications.

  • Submit your exam application, enroll in Becker
    If you meet the educational requirements, submit your application to the CPA Examination Services Tennessee Coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee. All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and an examination fee upon submission of the first-time application. The application fee will be $170 and the exam fees will be $734.10 for a total of $904.10. Allow up to two weeks after receipt of application, fees and transcripts for processing. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the exam at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months. Your name on the application should exactly match your name on your primary form of identification, which is usually your driver's license. At this time you should also begin planning your study approach by making inquiries into CPA reviews available in your area. The Becker CPA Review offers classes live or online to accommodate the needs of all candidates.
  • Request and forward your transcripts
    Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not expect any problems in processing your application it is best to make plans to start your review at this time. The Becker CPA Review will significantly increase your chances of passing the exam.
  • Pay your exam fees
    After receiving the required information, CPA Examination Services will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.
  • Schedule your exam
    Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable. Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at www.prometric.com/cpa. You can take the exam at a site in Chattanooga, Clarksville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.