January 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm #1705026
Hi! I am new here. Can anyone help me with my situation? I graduated BS Accountancy at University of the East Manila, Philippines 2014 and moved here in Minnesota, US last 2016. I came across an article stating that I can actually acquire a CPA license in the US. I already checked NASBA and read the state requirements but some information are confusing. Their library where I am supposed to get more info charges fee. I am currently enrolled at a state university here in Minnesota finishing liberal education courses. I am a permanent resident also.
1. Can anyone walk me through or tell me the step by step process I should do?
2. Based on your experience, 120 or 150 credits how did your evaluation go? I mean how long did it take for you to fulfill the 120 or 150 credits before you can actually sit for the CPA exam?
3. what is the 24 credit hours? is it on top of 120 or 150 credits?
4. Did you apply for financial aid assistance (FAFSA) did they approve it or not?January 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm #1705032
You might have to send your transcript to your state board to check if you are qualified. You will either get an email (if you opted to receive email) that you can sit, or a direct mail, informing you that you don't have sufficient units to sit. They are probably going to translate the units you have taken from where you graduated into units here in US (not sure). I graduated in CA with Accounting degree and I was qualified. I'd say it depends on the university to acquire 150 units only from finishing undergraduate.January 30, 2018 at 12:46 pm #1705053
J King Thanks! So thats the first step is to have my transcript evaluated. I am tempted to take a 2yr course offered by the state university I am currently enrolled in since I am not confident about my acquired knowledge like the differences between Phils and US especially in taxation and business law but then that's a long road to take.January 30, 2018 at 1:01 pm #1705062
No problem. Just so you know that the evaluation process might take a long while (it took mines 7 weeks before I got my ATT from state board).
I know someone who got his undergraduate degree from PH. I didn't ask whether he had to take classes here to meet the requirements, but he did mention something about taking online classes. I am not sure if that's how he could sit for the exam or that's only for the CPE part.
You can always call your state board and inquire about how the translation/conversion of transcript process works.January 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm #1705075
@ Grace- Get your Education evaluated from NASBA.
I took my education from India and shifted to Massachusetts last year . I applied for undecided jurisdiction since I knew I would not be fulfilling credit requirements for MA. Based on my education, NASBA gave me 3 jurisdictions and I decided to go with New Hampshire since I received 160 credit hours. The whole process took approx 2-3 weeks.January 30, 2018 at 1:50 pm #1705083
I don't mean to be rude, but if you're going to be a CPA, you need to be able to do basic process research like this without help. Go to a state board. Read the rules. If you have a question, call and ask.January 30, 2018 at 2:35 pm #1705114
You need to get your transcript evaluated by a reputable credential evaluation company like WES, World Education Services. The equivalency report is what you need to submit to your State Board along with your transcript for evaluation.
Taking a graduate certificate in Accounting would be a great route if you’re planning to sit instead of taking a second bachelor’s degree. There are not much differences as far as FAR and AUD sections compared with any accounting degree outside the United States. But with REG and BEC, yes you’re correct. BIG differences!May 20, 2018 at 5:44 pm #1804118
I am on the same boat. I have a CPA license from Philippines and wondering if I am eligible to sit for an exam without taking additional units. Obviously I need to learn the tax but I am somewhat familiar since I am working for a CPA firm here in California.
I just submitted my transcript for evaluation.
Where are you at in the processing of becoming a CPA here in US?May 21, 2018 at 10:55 am #1804963
Knowing a Filipino coworker – most reputable universities when they did the transcript evaluation were okay on the degree. Most had to go to community college locally to get more units to hit 150.
I would highly recommend taking tax classes to hit your 150 units to familiarize yourself for REG.May 30, 2018 at 3:44 pm #1814202
I am also from the Philippines, may I know the result of the evaluation? Because I am planning also to submit mine next week.
Hope we can get in touch. I live in California.May 31, 2018 at 2:15 am #1814667
If you really are a graduate of Accountancy in the Philippines, you don’t have to worry since our accounting program is enough for the 150 units required by Board of Accountancy. Based on my experience, I didn’t take additional class for my tax. I just relied on my review course material to understand all the things about US taxation. By the way, I’m also a California candidate and I’m just waiting for the final review of my license application.
Good luck po sa inyo 🙂May 31, 2018 at 11:09 am #1815132
Thank you so much for your reply. May I know where did you submit you TOR for evaluation? and are you attending review right now? or just self review?May 31, 2018 at 1:11 pm #1815358
Please go to the website below and read the documents they need for evaluation. I’m already done with the CPA exam. I’m currently waiting for my actual license.I only did a self review throughout my CPA exam journey. As far as I know, there’s no review schools like RESA,CPAR here in US. You will just buy review course materials and do a self review.May 31, 2018 at 2:10 pm #1815421
Wow. Congratulations!! May I know the review materials that helped you a lot? Sorry I have a lot of questions, good thing I found you.May 31, 2018 at 2:55 pm #1815493
AnonymousMay 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm #1815678
Thank You so much, I live in LA. How about you?May 31, 2018 at 4:43 pm #1815681
And do you have an email something like that? Is it ok? If ever i have questions or need some help I can reach you there? 🙂May 31, 2018 at 5:44 pm #1815762
What a coincidence! I’m also here in LA hahaha. I can give you my e-mail address and you can also add my fb account if you want so I can answer you right away.June 1, 2018 at 11:27 am #1816464
Oh yes please. I am gonna message you right away. Thank You so much 😉June 25, 2018 at 7:16 am #1844140
Hi I'm also a Filipino and need more inputs about the US CPA exam. How to contact you privately?
thanksJune 27, 2018 at 7:49 am #1849846
First thing that you have to do is to request your official transcript from the university you've attended in the Philippines. They have to send the transcript directly to the evaluation services of your choice. I've used Josef Silny Evaluation Services the first time I got my transcript evaluated to sit for the Florida Board exam years ago. I was missing credit hours to even qualify to take the Florida board exam. Last year, I've used the NASBA evaluations services to see if I would be eligible to sit for the California board exam instead since I would be moving there anyway. According to the evaluation, I'm eligible to sit for the exam since I received a total of 136 credit hours for my Bachelor's Degree from the Philippines. California only requires 120 hours to sit for the exam. I took FAR back in April and will be taking BEC next month. When I pass all four, I would enroll to grad school to satisfy the 150 requirement for licensure.
Below are the links to the evaluation services I've used for your your reference. Hope this helps. Good luck!June 27, 2018 at 8:47 am #1850006
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I am a Filipina also who studied undergrad in PH. Let me share with you what I did.
1. Applied to an evaluation center that will work on my credits.
2. Made an account to the state board of accountancy portal/website that I am taking my exam and license under. You will find instructions on how to complete the application there.
3. Sent letter to my university in PH to send my documents (ie. transcript) straight to the evaluation center. Paid postage fees to my uni for that.
4. The evaluation center worked on my documents. Sent me a copy of the evaluation and to my state board.
5. Once the state board processed the application and deemed you eligible they will send you an email. You just have to follow the instructions thereafter.
I am thankful that the units I had in PH were all credited and recognized by my state. Also, I was told by a friend that there is an evaluation center where you could just give them a copy of your transcript (if you have it with you here) and not under go through the process of including your uni.
Wish you all the best and God bless on your endeavor! 🙂June 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm #1854241
I'm also a CPA from the Philippines and planning to take the US-CPA. Good thing I was able to find this site and read you comments on how to get US CPA license. Hope you can add me in your group or pm me.I'm currently residing here in California.
Waiting for your response. 🙂July 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm #1866685
how was the result of your evaluation?July 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm #1867144
I just recently moved here in California and I'm also interested in taking the US CPA licensure exam in the future.
Hope I get in touch with you all 🙂July 7, 2018 at 1:05 am #1868782
You guys are good to go if you are an Accountancy graduate in the Philippines. Just go to the website I mentioned above for the evaluation of your tor. The best thing about ACEI is you can send them your tor directly instead of contacting your school to send your tor for evaluation.July 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm #1870486
When i send my tor to the ACEI, can i send them the softcopy version or must it be the original hardcopy version? Thanks!July 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm #1870504
It must be the original copy of your tor. You don’t need to worry because they will return your documents along with the copy of evaluation once they are done. You just have to make sure that official evaluation must be sent from ACEI to CBA directly. If I were you, please also read the guide made by CBA for CPA candidates. Everything that you need to know is there.July 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm #1886536
should I send my TOR along with my diploma to an evaluation center or just the TOR is good?July 22, 2018 at 8:08 am #1893330
Hi! Can i check, when i send my transcript to the evaluation board (ACEI), do i only send my university transcripts or must i also send my high school transcripts along? Thanks!
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