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Certification vs Licensure

Certification

A candidate has passed all four (4) sections of the Uniform CPA exam as well as the AICPA Ethics exam. As a result, the ILBOE has issued a certificate number. However, the candidate is not yet licensed.

Licensure

A candidate has passed all four (4) sections of the Uniform CPA exam as well as the AICPA Ethics exam. A certificate number has been issued by the ILBOE.

In addition, the candidate has submitted the appropriate documentation to the IDFPR and has successfully met the licensure requirements. As a result, the IDFPR will issue a license number and the candidate is now able to hold herself/himself to the public as a CPA. For more details, please click here.

Information

As of October 1, 2006, in order to hold oneself out as a CPA, a license is required. Once certified, a candidate is allowed to stated that s/he has “…Successfully completed the CPA exam…”. Licensure is handled by the licensing agency, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). For more details, please click here.

Illinois Board of Examiners

The ILBOE has had the responsibility of certifying completion of all educational and examination requirements for CPA candidates since 1903. Learn More »

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