July 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm #1587269NY CPA 92Participant
Following up on ReckedRacing's question, I was just wondering how often the board met. One thing I noticed was that a number of people on this forum who submitted their application in March were told 14-16 weeks, whereas a co-worker and I who both submitted our paperwork in April were told 10-12 weeks. Does the board meet sporadically and approve a large number of applications in rapid succession?July 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm #1587270
Just to clarify on the above.
When I sent my paperwork in April I was told 10-12 weeks (as were the people from March I believe).
When I called in June I was “advised” that the processing time was now 14-16 weeks, instead of 10-12.
When I called to inquire about the timeline in December 2016 the process time was 6-8 weeks.
I can't answer your other questions, but the processing time seems to be very dependent on volume. The poor people I talk to always sound overwhelmed.July 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm #1587347
I was originally looking at the Board of Regents meeting schedule on the advice of a friend who works for the state. I looked into it more and I think this is the specific board meeting for CPAs, not of sure the details on their approvals process though. https://www.op.nysed.gov/boards/07262017CPAMtgAgenda.htmJuly 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm #1587651AnonymousInactive
Same here, hitting 16 weeks on 7/28… glad I'm not alone who's been waiting for so long.July 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm #1587743AnonymousInactive
when you are waiting that long, you cannot do anything? you cannot take any exams? thats crazy.July 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm #1587744AnonymousInactive
No, my application is to get licensed (after passing the tests), not to sit for an exam.July 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm #1588217
14 weeks today. They are still quoting 14-16 weeks on the phone (very nice/friendly woman).
My file is still with the board.
Here is something for you guys waiting on your license.
Find the status of your license application by checking our online license verifications; your name will be added immediately when your license number is issued.
https://www.op.nysed.gov/opsearches.htmJuly 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm #1588230NY CPA 92Participant
@ReckedRacing thank you for the update. I'm just over 13 weeks myself. I check the link constantly at this point haha
I have a question that might be beneficial for you. From what I remember, approval to sit for the exam was administered through NASBA and the process was relatively quick. I was just wondering if there were any particular circumstances that caused you to go through the NYSED. However, I sat for my exams in a different state, so maybe the process is different.July 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm #1588232
I only have a 120 hour degree (circa 2002, shout out SUNY Albany).
I did not send in the application and $377 by August 1, 2009 so I was no longer qualified for licensure. I could sit under the 120 hour rule but then would need another 30 credit hours.
I am now taking the 15 year full time experience path which exempts the candidate from all education requirements.
My 15 years of experience needs to be approved by the NYS CPA board, and then my file is referred to NASBA and I can sit for the exams.
I asked NYS if I could sit under the 120-sit rule, and then switch to 15 years experience once I reached my 15 year anniversary and was told that once I began a path I had to stay on that pathway.
I am waiting for approval before spending on a review course.July 21, 2017 at 9:55 am #1588569
I e-mailed again today on my license application and was directed to ask the CPA Board directly, email@example.com
I am now awaiting their response as it has been 16 weeks and 2 days since my application was sent to them.July 21, 2017 at 9:56 am #1588571
Well, they responded quite quickly,
“We are currently processing applications from 3/17/17. Your application was received on 3/29/17. Therefore, it should not be much longer before you get a decision. If anything is needed from you, an evaluator will contact you.”July 21, 2017 at 10:17 am #1588593
Haha I received:
We are currently processing applications from 3/17/17. Your application was received on 3/31/17. Therefore, you should have a decision soon. If anything is needed from you, an evaluator will contact you.
Thank you.July 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm #1588644win2betParticipant
The NYS Board has like less than 5 people working there, incredibly slow & inefficient. I think I waited like 4 months after submitting the requested info to get the license.July 27, 2017 at 11:14 pm #1591367AnonymousInactive
Any news, anyone?July 28, 2017 at 9:54 am #1591449
Just checked online this morning, still no license number. It's been 17 weeks and 2 days since the board got my application. Heaven forbid they need additional information once they get to it.July 29, 2017 at 10:01 am #1591784AnonymousInactive
I got on the phone yesterday and they quoted me 1 month to process my transcript and another 14-16 weeks for the license… so if I am lucky, I will get the CPA license by December… ridiculous, considering it is almost the season for midsize/big4 hiring and/or waiting 4-5 months for a raise!
Off topic: I had submitted my 120 credit to NASBA to sit for exam and passed all the exam. Then I went back to get my Masters. After getting my Masters, I only submitted my 150 credits to NYS Education Board with Form 2. Just wondering if I need to submit my 150 credit education to anyone else, like to NASBA?August 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm #1594341
You may want to e-mail NASBA or call them to find out. It would really suck to miss something that might hold you up.
16 weeks today. Waiting is the hardest part……August 4, 2017 at 1:52 pm #1594911AnonymousInactiveAugust 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm #1594917
NadaAugust 7, 2017 at 11:15 am #1596038
So on the 21st when I was told they were processing applications from March 17, that is a 126 day time frame. I'm now at 131 days. I guess hopefully that means they're working on applications from my day now? I feel like this is the most ridiculous process.August 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm #1596047
^ Yes this has been absolutely absurd to say the very least.August 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm #1596264
I got an e-mail!!! They need 37 more days of experience submitted (I have plenty, no problem), but at least I finally have hope!August 8, 2017 at 10:52 am #1596528
@se98 thanks for the update!
i wonder if you retain your spot in line or if you got back in line once your additional information is submitted?
Can you elaborate why they would need an additional 37 days? That's an unusual number.August 8, 2017 at 11:42 am #1596555AnonymousInactive
@ReckedRacing, i think you retain your spot. My bf was missing some info, once he sent it back and they received it, the review was finalized within few days.
I got an email today that they've been reviewing applications received on 3/29/2017. Makes sense – that's why se98 got an email yesterday. We are getting there, guys!August 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm #1596660
@ReckedRacing, my 37 days thing is a bit unique. I actually first signed up for the exams in 2009 with my 120 hours. Life happened and I didn't complete then. I then several years later received my MS in Accounting fulfilling the 150 hours. So, when I submitted my license application I checked the box to have them evaluate under the 150 hour rules. Not sure if they didn't see that or didn't get that transcript (communication with my school has not been great on that front). So, I need 2 years experience submitted, not one, and my supervisor had signed off on 693 days, leaving me 37 short. I figure it's just easier to submit the additional experience than worry about which path I'm evaluated on.August 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm #1596681
Not to threadjack but if you had the 120 and applied prior to August 2009, why did you decide to go back to school and get your MS if you were grandfathered under the 120 hour rule?
Just curious.August 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm #1596774
Two reasons, first and foremost, I wasn't competitive in my job market. I was told directly by HR reps that although I interviewed well, they were choosing candidates with the higher education level. I also am kinda weird in that I just like school. Now that I'm done with my CPA exams I'm considering using my employer's education reimbursement for economics classes, just b/c I find it interesting, not with any career goal in mind. I just like to know stuff.August 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm #1597328AnonymousInactive
So devastated… Got an email from the Board and they said I was missing 3 academic credits in business course. So upset because back in school 3 years ago, Becker rep told us that they needed 36 in accounting, so I went to get another 3 credits in accounting after my graduation (my BBA was providing only 33 acc credits). Apparently that was wrong, as NY State needs 33 in accounting and 36 in business.
Now the only solution that comes to my mind is to take a course for those 3 credits, but don't know where. And that course is better be an online one.
Any other advice on how to get those 3 credits?August 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm #1597337
Sorry to hear the bad news. I am surprised NASBA didn't throw a flag on your transcripts.
I have heard of people using SNHU as an online school, but it would be best to check the list of approved schools on the NYS CPA website.
I checked the link and do not see SNHU on the list of approved schools, but you also don't need to pursue the whole degree.
I would suggest you pick an online school, and then confirm with NYS CPA Board via e-mail, in writing whether the credits will apply.
Even that would not be fool proof as it is usually a secretary that responds to e-mails.
Good luck, and remember its only a minor set back, you are only 3 credits away!
AACSB Programs. You must complete an accounting program that is accredited by an accrediting body accepted by the Department. Currently, the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is accepted. The school must be accredited in business and accounting by AACSB. Receipt of a Master's degree in accounting from such a program will be deemed as meeting New York's 150 semester hour education requirements. For a listing of institutions accredited by AACSB in business and accounting, click here. Accounting and business approved schools will have checkmarks in both columns.
A bachelors or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completion of 150 semester hours in the following content areas
33 semester hours in accounting with at least one course in each of the following areas (1) to (4)
financial accounting and reporting;
cost or managerial accounting
auditing and attestation services;
internal controls and risk assessment; and
accounting information systems.
36 semester hours in general business electives in any combination of the following areas:
quantitative methods; and
information technology and systems.
The curriculum must also include, either as stand-alone courses or integrated into other courses, the study of business or accounting communications, ethics and professional responsibility, and accounting research.August 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm #1597353AnonymousInactive
@ReckedRacing, thanks for the support. I've been looking at that list. Thinking i could use some business communication course. Found some online management communication from Harvard, but it's only $110 and not sure how many credits, will have to look closely into that.
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