California Board of Accountancy

General Experience Required Under §5092 and 5093

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 2 - Examinations

§ 12. General Experience Required Under Business and Professions Code Section 5092 and 5093.

(a) In order to meet the experience requirement of Section 5092 or Section 5093 of the Business and Professions Code, experience must be supervised by a person holding a valid, active license or comparable authority to practice public accounting as specified in subdivision (d) of Section 5092 or subdivision (d) of Section 5093. Supervised experience means that the applicant's supervisor shall have reviewed and evaluated the applicant's qualifying work, pursuant to subsection (b) on a routine and recurring basis and shall have authority and oversight over the applicant.
(1) Experience shall be verified by the person supervising the experience and by a second person with a higher level of responsibility in the public accounting firm, private industry company, or governmental agency. If the experience is obtained in public accounting, the second person signing the verification shall be an owner of the public accounting firm holding a valid license or comparable authority to practice public accounting. If the owner of the public accounting firm or private industry company signing the verification is also the person supervising the experience, no second signature is required.
(2) Experience may not be supervised by a licensee who provides public accounting services to the applicant's employer.
(3)(A) All verifications shall be submitted to the Board on Form 11A-29 (5/11) for public accounting experience or Form 11A-29A (5/11) for private industry and governmental accounting experience, which are hereby incorporated by reference, and shall be signed under penalty of perjury.
(B) If the applicant is unable to obtain the verifications required in subsection (a)(3)(A), the Board may approve other forms of verification if they contain the information as required in subsection (a)(3)(A).
(b) The experience required by Section 5092 or Section 5093 involves providing any type of service or advice involving the use of accounting, attest, compilation, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, or consulting skills. Qualifying experience may be gained through employment in public accounting, private industry, or government. Experience acquired in academia is not qualifying.
(c) The experience required by Section 5092 or Section 5093 of the Business and Professions Code may be obtained in full-time or part-time employment provided the total experience completed by the applicant is the equivalent of at least two years of full-time employment for an applicant qualifying under Section 5092 or at least one year of full-time employment for an applicant qualifying under Section 5093. In evaluating an applicant's experience, 170 hours of part-time employment shall be considered equivalent to one month of full-time employment.
(d) An applicant who is applying with experience obtained five (5) or more years prior to application and who has not passed the Uniform CPA Examination during this five-year period shall be required to complete 80 hours of continuing education, which shall meet the following requirements:
(1) The 80 hours must be completed in the two years preceding receipt of application by the Board.
(2) All 80 hours must meet the requirements as described in Section 87.
(3) A minimum of 20 hours must be completed in the one year period immediately preceding the receipt of the application, with a minimum of 12 hours in subject areas described in Section 87(a)(2).
(4) Certificates of completion must be submitted to the Board and shall contain a verification certified by a program provider representative such as a signature or seal. The certificate of completion must also delineate the subject areas, as described in Section 87(a)(2) and (3), for which the applicant may claim credit.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 5010, 5092 and 5093, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 5092 and 5093, Business and Professions Code.

 

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