WSR 19-04-044
[Filed January 29, 2019, 11:50 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-18-002.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 4-30-062 How do I apply to take the CPA examination?
Hearing Location(s): On April 26, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Seattle Airport, 18740 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188.
Date of Intended Adoption: April 26, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: Kirsten Donovan, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 9131, Olympia, WA 98507, email, fax 360-664-9190, by April 24, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Kirsten Donovan, rules coordinator, phone 360-664-9191, fax 360-664-9190, TTY 771, email, by April 24, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The board of accountancy (ACB) proposes amending WAC 4-30-062 to (1) rename the rule; and (2) ACB works with its partner organizations including the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to administer the certified public accountant (CPA) examination. The intent of this rule change is to accommodate the development of a continuously available examination process. Continuous testing will provide more flexibility and convenience for those individuals who seek licensure as CPAs in the state of Washington.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose above.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.04.055.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.04.055.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: ACB, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Charles E. Satterlund, CPA, 711 Capitol Way South, Suite 400, Olympia, WA 98501, 360-586-0785.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. ACB is not a listed agency in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules are adopting or incorporating by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations, Washington state statutes, rules of other Washington state agencies, shoreline master programs other than those programs governing shorelines of statewide significance, or, as referenced by Washington state law, national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards, if the material adopted or incorporated regulates the same subject matter and conduct as the adopting or incorporating rule; and rules adopt, amend, or repeal a procedure, practice, or requirement relating to agency hearings; or a filing or related process requirement for applying to an agency for a license or permit.
January 29, 2019
Charles E. Satterlund, CPA
Executive Director
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-21-034, filed 10/8/18, effective 11/8/18)
WAC 4-30-062((How do I apply))Applying to take the CPA examination((?)).
(1) Application process and due dates: Your application to take the CPA examination must be submitted to the board's examination administrator. Applicants must submit all required information, documents, and fees to complete their application within sixty days of the date their application is submitted to the board's examination administrator. Your application is not considered complete until all of the following are provided:
• Complete application information and requested documents;
• Fee(s).
(2) Fee refund and forfeiture: Upon submission of your application to the examination administrator, no portion of the board's administrative fee is refundable. Upon the examination administrator's authorization to test, no portion of the total exam fee (both administrative fee and section fee(s)) is refundable. If you fail to meet the board's scheduling or admission requirements, you forfeit all of the exam fee(s) and you must reapply to take the section(s) of the exam.
(3) Notice of admittance to the examination or denial of your application: You must contact the approved test provider to schedule the time and location for your examination. The notice of eligibility to take the examination is called a Notice to Schedule (NTS), the NTS will be valid for one taking of the examination within the six months following the date of the NTS.
Notice of a denial of your application, or notice of your eligibility to take the examination will be sent to you by the examination administrator.
(4) Examination content and grading: The CPA examination shall test the knowledge and skills required for performance as an entry-level certified public accountant. The examination shall include the subject areas of accounting and auditing and related knowledge and skills as the board may require. The examination will consist of the following four sections: Auditing and attestation; financial, accounting and reporting; regulation; and business environment and concepts. The board may accept the advisory grading services of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
(5) Examination process:
(a) Conditions for examinations held prior to January 1, 2004: Contact a customer service representative at or by phone at 360-753-2586.
(b) For examinations taken after December 31, 2003: The board uses all parts of the uniform CPA examination and the advisory grading services of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
(i) To satisfy the examination requirement for a license you must have achieved a score of seventy-five on all four sections of the examination within a rolling eighteen-month period.
(ii) You may take the required four sections individually and in any order. Credit for any section(s) taken and passed after December 31, 2003, will be valid for eighteen months from the actual date you successfully passed any particular section of the examination.
(iii) You must pass all four sections of the examination within a rolling eighteen-month period, which begins on the date that the first section(s) is passed. A section is considered passed on the date that you took the exam section and not the date that your grade is released.
(iv) You may not retake a failed section(s) in the same examination window. An examination window refers to a three-month period in which candidates have an opportunity to take the examination (comprised of two months in which the examination is available to be taken and one month in which the examination will not be offered while routine maintenance is performed and the examination is refreshed).
(v) If the board determines that the examination system changes necessary to eliminate the test window limitations have been implemented, (iv) of this subsection will no longer be effective, and a candidate can retake a test section once their grade for any previous attempt of that same section has been released.
(vi) In the event you do not pass all four sections of the examination within the rolling eighteen-month period, credit for any section(s) passed prior to the eighteen-month period will expire and you must retake any expired section.