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Substantial Equivalency

TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 1 - General

§ 5.5. Substantial Equivalency.

(a) The Board has determined that the following states require education, examination, and experience qualifications for licensure, when issuing a certified public accountant license to practice public accountancy, substantially equivalent to this state's qualifications: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
(b) Individuals who have not continually practiced public accountancy as a certified public accountant under a valid license issued by any state for at least four of the last 10 years, or who do not hold a license issued by a state that is listed in subdivision (a), shall meet the following requirements in order for their education, examination, and experience qualifications to be considered substantially equivalent to this state's qualifications:
(1) Obtain an individual qualification evaluation of substantial equivalency by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's (NASBA) CredentialNet. Prior to practicing in California under a practice privilege, an individual shall apply to NASBA's CredentialNet, pay the required fee, and obtain the required substantial equivalency determination.
(2) The individual shall retain the NASBA file number, present it to the Board upon request, and authorize the Board to review the NASBA file upon request.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 5010 and 5096.9, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 5032, 5093 and 5096, Business and Professions Code.


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