General Info for Evaluations

Acceptable credit consists of both two- (community/junior) and four-year institutions. 

Requirements & Options 1, 2, & 4 Definitions

Requirements & Options

 

REQUIREMENTS

Please click here in order to review the Current Requirements.

 

OPTIONS 1, 2 AND 4

 

Option 1

A graduate degree in accounting awarded from an accounting department that holds one of the following accreditations:

  1. AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  2. ACBSP – The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  3. For additional information, please review the Graduate School section.
Option 2

A graduate degree in business awarded from a business department that holds one of the following accreditations.

Or, a graduate degree in accounting whose institution’s accounting department does not hold one the accreditations listed but its business department holds one of the following accreditations:

  1. AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  2. ACBSP – The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  3. For additional information, please review the Graduate School section.
Option 4

A graduate degree in accounting or business awarded from an accounting or business department that DOES NOT hold one of the accreditations listed above, a graduate degree in any other major than accounting or business and all bachelors degrees despite the major if the institution holds one the accreditations listed in the Accreditation section.

General Institutional Accreditation

REGIONAL

ONLY institutions (two- (community/junior) or four-year) awarded one of the following regional accreditations by the American Council on Education or those deemed equivalent by NASBA’s Foreign Evaluation Services Department are accepted:

  1. MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools, Commission on Higher Education *Formerly known as Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  2. NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  3. NCA-HLC – North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
  4. NCA-CASI – North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
  5. NEASC-CIHE – New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  6. NEASC-CTCI – New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  7. SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  8. WASC-ACCJC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  9. WASC-ACSCU – Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Graduate School Accreditation

ONLY domestic institutions with accounting and/or business programs accredited by the following institutional accrediting organizations are accepted*.

  1. AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  2. ACBSP – The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

*Graduate credit or a degree from a non-AACSB/ACBSP program will be accepted under option 4 ONLY.

Provisional Approval

WHAT IS IT?

Provisional status is available to candidates who are currently enrolled in the classes that will finalize their eligibility. In other words, by finishing your classes and/or getting your degree at the end of this current semester/term, you will meet all our education requirements. We do not approve candidates for provisional status before the qualifying semester/term begins.

HOW DO I GET APPROVED FOR PROVISIONAL STATUS?

Provisional Status is automatically granted to candidates who qualify. If your current classes and/or degree program help you meet all our requirements, make sure to list them in the Courses-in-Progress section of the online application. Also, be sure to submit an official transcript that has your grades posted through the most recent semester/term.

If you have already submitted an application without listing your current, qualifying classes, you can submit the Courses-in-Progress form Courses in Progress (CIP)  found in the Forms section of our website.

HOW IS PROVISIONAL APPROVAL DIFFERENT THAN REGULAR APPROVAL?

The benefit to testing provisionally is that you can get started early, while you are still in school with an environment conducive to studying. You may want to start testing early so you can be finished with the CPA exams by the time you start a full time career. 

Please understand, however, that Provisional status is a temporary status in which you must initiate its removal in order to get regular status. Only candidates with this standard approval can submit the Re-Exam Request application and become certified.

The disadvantages to Provisional Status are the limitations imposed by the ILBOE:

1. To initiate your change in status from Provisional to Regular, you must submit your final official transcript, proving you have indeed successfully met all our education requirements. Failure to submit a transcript means you could have your exam scores voided and your candidacy revoked.

2. If you change your course schedule, you are obligated to contact your evaluator to make sure you can still be provisionally approved.

3. You can make ONLY the Initial Exam Request. The Re-Exam link will not be available to you until you are removed from Provisional status. Please click here for details on how to select exams.

4. We will withhold the hard copies of your score reports for tests taken as a provisional candidate. You can, however, view your scores online. 

TIMETABLE FOR SUBMITTING TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER TO BE ON REGULAR STATUS:

Each term has its own deadline by which you must submit your final official transcript. Remember, failure to submit a transcript by this deadline means your exam scores could be voided and your candidacy revoked. For the specific dates, please click here.

 

Evaluation Requirements

The information provided here regarding the educational requirements for the Illinois CPA examination requirements is for general guidance only. This information is NOT intended to be a means for evaluating your own coursework. The only way to definitively determine which Illinois CPA Requirements you have met is to submit a Credentials Evaluation Application, appropriate fee and required documents through the ILBOE Online System. For a complete description of Illinois CPA Educational Requirements, please see the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Administrative Code, Title 23, Subtitle A, Chapter VI, Part 1400, Section 1400.90.

FAQ

Q: Do I have the required hours or not?  How do I interpret my Evaluation Results Letter?

A: Please click here for a guide on what is listed on your results letter.

Q: Why was my file evaluated under option 4 and I have a masters degree?

A: Dependent upon the situation and lack of specific requirements or when the master’s degree is being awarded, approval under option 4 is the faster option.
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