June 24, 2020 at 8:09 pm #3034383Captain AwesomeParticipant
Ok. I'm now getting to my wit's end. I spent nearly three years and thousands of dollars taking the exams and finally finished this past March. It took a total of 11 tries to get it done, but I persevered! Originally I contacted my controller regarding the work experience to see if we could come up with a plan to garner me the remaining 900 hours I needed based on my calculations. I didn't hear anything from her for 2 1/2 weeks, at which point she responded and thought I had the necessary 1800 hours. I was elated!
I spent two weeks getting the application ready and passed the ethics exam (95%, first try) and sent the documents to her in May. After not getting a response for two weeks, I followed up. A week later we saw each other in person and I followed up again and was told it was at the top of her list. It is now six weeks and counting and I still have not received the signed work experience form and wonder if I ever will. It seems at this point it may be better to move on to a new company and start from scratch instead of waiting, but if she eventually does sign it would save me a ton of time.
I hate being at the mercy of another person and find it curious that she was the one who thought I had enough hours, but now seems reluctant to sign. It makes me feel like my career development isn't important. If there is a concern that I would leave right after licensure, that should be addressed like professionals. Furthermore, not responding at all also could lead to me leaving so it's not a very good strategy. At this point, what are my options?
For context I should add that we are being bought by another company so there is a huge financial workload going on right now, but the signing process would only take about five minutes so I'm shocked a small smidgen of time couldn't be carved out.June 24, 2020 at 10:32 pm #3034506monikerncParticipant
Look at my remarks below; experience was the worst part for me. If you are in a state, like Montana, that allows any actively licensed CPA to sign off, find one to do so. If you still need help, post again.June 24, 2020 at 11:11 pm #3034545DieselParticipant
Please keep us updated. Also, please send an email and let this person know how much this would mean to you. Let them know exactly what you told us about the time and expense you've put into these exams. Try to plea to their emotions. They deserve to know the hard work you put in.
Nothing lengthy. I think just a paragraph would do. And VERY explicitly ask, “May you please have this documentation to me by Friday, June 26th?” Throughout business training courses I found this to be very important. Request deadlines. Good luck!September 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm #3113779Captain AwesomeParticipant
Sometime in July I had one of my bi-monthly meetings with my direct manager. I brought the issue up to her to see if she would mention it to the controller when they had their bi-monthly meeting. My thought was the controller may be more inclined to listen to someone closer in rank, plus, if my boss knew that I had been waiting for so long she may infer my inclination to look elsewhere and make the plea to the controller to not lose me.
That technique worked as I got an email that same day asking to send what I needed, and I got the signed copy in about an hour. I submitted my application in early August and they are still reviewing everything which I expected. I also expected that due to Covid the whole application process may take 12 weeks instead of 8 and since the board doesn't seem to have a meeting scheduled in October, that timeline is looking realistic.
Thanks to everyone for your help!September 27, 2020 at 10:12 am #3114016monikerncParticipant
I am happy to hear this is moving through the licensing process. Let us know when to throw confetti! It is a huge deal for all of us when we finally hold our license in hand! Onto CPE! Always check your junk mail folder to be sure you don’t miss anything.December 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm #3189353FreshParticipant
The exact same thing happened to me. I had to switch from 500+ Audit Sign offs to General Accounting Experience to speed up the process. Even then, it took 5 months for one firm to sign off my work experience.
It's extremely sad, and makes you livid and anxious. All you can do is email them once a week, and let your current and future employers know that you passed, and it's just a matter of paperwork. 99% of employers don't actually care about the License # until you become Manager.
Stay calm, document everything, and be professional. That's all you can do.
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