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 state 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.

FAQ

Q: What can I legally refer to myself as on a resume if I have a certificate but not a license?

A: You are legally able to state that you have “Successfully completed the CPA exam”.
Certification vs Licensure

 

Q: How do I have my certificate and/or scores verified for licensure?

A: If you are certified, they are automatically sent to the IDFPR.  If you received a deficiency letter, please click here for details on intrastate transfer to the IDFPR.

If you are certified and need to request that your certification and scores be sent to an outside jurisdiction, please click here for details on interstate transfer to that jurisdiction.

If you are not certified and need to request scores to be sent to an outside jurisdiction, please click here for details on interstate transfer.