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Transcripts

Candidates must submit ALL individual official transcripts from ALL institutions attended. Transfer credit must be submitted from the issuing institution in order to be considered.

Domestic

Candidates must submit sealed, final, official transcripts ONLY for consideration towards required Semester Course Hours (SCH) via the following:

  1. Mail

    Illinois Board of Examiners
    1120 E Diehl Rd, Suite 107
    Naperville, IL 60563

  2. Electronically

    Some institutions participate in electronic delivery of transcripts. If so, the transcripts must come directly from the institution to our office using the following e-mail only: etranscripts@ilboe.org

Foreign

Questions regarding international qualifications should be directed to NASBA

Evaluations from outside agencies will not be accepted.

Candidates must submit final, official transcripts* ONLY for consideration towards required Semester Credit Hours (SCH) to our foreign evaluation credentialing service, NIES (c/o NASBA) at the following address**:

NIES (c/o NASBA)
150 Fourth Ave. North Ste. 850
Nashville, TN. 37219

Toll Free: 855-468-5382, Local: 615-277-9077, Email: nies@nasba.org

*Information on what documents NASBA requires can be found at: http://nasba.org/products/nasbainternationalevaluationservices/requirements/

**Please note: NASBA requires a fee for any return shipping costs, if applicable. You can request that your original documents be returned when submitting your documents to NASBA. You must pay for return shipping via courier service with a signature required. This ensures the return of your documents because you must sign for them upon return.

Approved College Templates

Listed as Accepted

As of July 1, 2013, candidates are required to successfully complete two (2) Semester Credit Hours (SCH) of Business Communication (BC), three (3) SCH of Business Ethics (BE) and two (2) SCH of Research and Analysis in Accounting (RAA) as part of the requirements in order to be approved to sit for the CPA exam.

BC, BE and RAA courses may not have clear acronyms listed on the transcripts (e.g. BCM101, BUS ETHICS 100, etc.). These course hours may be stand-alone using an unrelated keyword in the title (e.g. ACCT504 may be RAA). Or, they may be integrated into other courses (e.g. PHIL203 has 1.5 SCH of BE integrated into the course of study). Please click here to view the approved college templates.

If your institution has not yet submitted a template or the template is submitted but your course is not listed, please select the following link: Approved BC, BE and RAA Courses Tab, Not Listed as Accepted Section.

New Requirements Letter (NRL)

New Requirements Letter (NRL)

For deficient new requirements (effective July 1, 2013) such as:

  • Business Ethics (3 semester credit hours needed)
  • Business Communication (2 semester credit hours needed)
  • Research and Analysis in Accounting (2 semester credit hours needed),

 A candidate who has been determined deficient, but believes they have completed the above requirements will need to request that the department chair of their business or accounting program (whichever is applicable) submit a template showing what classes meet the above requirements. Before asking your school to submit a template, please make sure that there is not one already available at: Approved College Templates

Please submit the following letter and blank integration template to your department chair: NRL Letter and Template

AICPA Ethics Examination

Description

Until you are certified, an expiration date will appear. This exam can be completed at any time and never expires.

The AICPA Ethics Exam is a self-study course titled Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course. This course must be completed in order to certify individuals who have passed the four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam. A minimum score of 90% is necessary to meet the Ethics Exam requirement*.

This course concludes with an online test. As part of the test process, please indicate that you want Illinois to receive your test score and the AICPA will electronically send the Illinois Board of Examiners your score. If you need to request a duplicate copy of the score certificate or have questions, you must contact the AICPA at 888-777-7077. Or, for faster service, please forward the certificate to help@ilboe.org.**

*If your certificate is missing the score, please log into your AIPCA account and reprint or contact the agency.

**If the Ethics Exam score is not listed under the Exam History at your online account, please submit the AICPA-issued certificate to help@ilboe.org.

You may direct any questions you have about the grading of the exam to the AICPA Professional Development Quality Assurance Team at 609-671-2922 or aicpacpegrading@aicpa.org. If you have concerns about specific questions on the exam, you must fax those concerns to the AIPCA within four days of your exam test date.

Please select the course title listed above in order obtain information on how to order the exam. And please be aware that once you purchase the course you have a year to complete it.

For discounted pricing, please visit the AICPA at www.aicpa.org or the Illinois CPA Society, ICPAS, at www.icpas.org.

Intra/Interstate Exchange of Scores

Before submitting a Verification of Certification in order to verify your certificate and scores, please verify that you are Certified first at the Certification Search. (For search by name, please select the bubble in front of "Search by Individual" before entering the name; otherwise, the search will come back void.)

If you are not listed, please see the AICPA Ethics section before contacting our office.

SUBMISSION TO Illinois' licensing Agency (IDFPR)

If you need to request that your scores be sent to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR-licensing agency), please submit the Verification of Certification application via your online account.

Only submit this form to us if you meet the following criteria:

a.  It has been more than three (3) weeks from the date your Certification record was sent to the IDFPR and a deficiency letter was received from the IDPFR* or

b.  Your original license status was revoked or expired and you need to reinstate it.

*A report of recently certified candidates is automatically sent to the IDFPR on the 1st and 15th of every month.

If you meet the criteria above, submit the verification request and deficiency letter, if applicable via one of the following methods:

  1. Online System Account
    Please log in using the following link: Online System Log In
    *Preferred and faster method (1-3 business days). Once processed a letter stating the date mailed will be sent via email.
  2. Mail
    Please select the following link in order to obtain the appropriate form titled Verification of Certification
    *Less preferred and slower method (1-2 weeks). Once processed a letter stating the date mailed will be sent via email.
Submission to ILBOE

Domestic/Foreign evaluation applicants who are partial exam candidates and Total Transfer of Credit candidates are required to submit the CPA exam scores obtained in other jurisdictions. Please select the following link in order to obtain the appropriate form titled INTERSTATE EXCHANGE OF EXAM SCORES.

Note:  Individuals applying as Partial Candidates have been approved in a jurisdiction other than Illinois and have sat for any section of the CPA exam. However, s/he did not pass ALL four sections.The educational requirements of the Illinois statute MUST have been met when initially taking the first section of the exam.

Submission to Outside State

If you are a candidate wishing to have your Illinois scores and/or Certification verified to an outside agency, please submit the verification request and fee via one of the following methods:

  1. Online System Account
    Please log in using the following link: Online System Log In
    *Preferred and faster method (1-3 business days). Once processed a letter stating the date mailed will be sent via email.
  2. Mail
    Please select the following link in order to obtain the appropriate form titled Verification of Certification
    *Less preferred and slower method (1-2 weeks). Once processed a letter stating the date mailed will be sent via email.

IQEX Scores

Candidates applying for certification via IQEX are required to submit the exam score as part of the evaluation process. Go to the NASBA Store at NASBA Store to request the release of your IQEX score to the Illinois Board of Examiners. Complete the NASBA Candidate Score Transfer and select IQEX for the “From Jurisdiction.”

Automatic Notification

Once the transcript(s), score(s), CIP Form or Course Acceptance Letter is received, and you have an application on file, an automatic notification will be sent to the e-mail address on file.

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 »

1120 E. Diehl Rd Suite 107, Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 815-753-8900 Fax: 815-753-8953 Email: help@ilboe.org
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CST