CBA OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
While California continues to navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and limit its spread, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) is committed to supporting our licensees, applicants, and consumers throughout the course of this pandemic and continue to provide our services.
With most CBA staff now teleworking, we are working diligently to process applications and respond to inquiries; however, we continue to experience increased processing times. We have received numerous inquiries regarding our current timeframes, so we are providing processing dates to help manage your expectations as you await information on your application. These processing dates will be updated every Friday. You can use this timeframe as an estimate for when you should be receiving your approval decision. If we received your application shortly after the date listed, you can surmise that your notification will be arriving very soon.
The CBA has processed all Initial License applications received by , and the applicants have been notified of the outcome.
The CBA has processed all CPA Exam applications received by , and the applicants have been notified of the outcome.
The CBA has taken the following actions to address the increase in the processing times:
- Processes have been modified to streamline the issuing of licenses.
- Staff throughout the board are working overtime.
- Temporarily reassigned staff outside of the Licensing Division to assist.
- Seasonal staff are being hired.
- Technology equipment was deployed to all staff to facilitate effective and efficient telework.
CBA OFFICE OPEN TO PUBLIC
The California Board of Accountancy (CBA) office is once again open to the public, continuing our normal hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Social distancing protocols will be in place to protect the health and safety of CBA staff and visitors. We encourage visitors to wear a mask and maintain a physical distance from other people of at least six feet at all times.
ALL NOTICES TO SCHEDULE AND CPA EXAM CREDIT EXPIRATIONS EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31, 2020
To support our applicants during the pandemic, the CBA and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) are extending the expiration date of any Notices to Schedule (NTS) or CPA Exam credits expiring between April 1 and December 30, 2020, until December 31, 2020. See our Applicants FAQs below for more details.
CONTINUING EDUCATION WAIVER GRANTED TO ANY CPA WHOSE LICENSE EXPIRED IN MARCH, APRIL, OR MAY 2020
On May 4, 2020, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-40-20, the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) extended the deadline to complete required continuing education (CE) for licensees of the CBA (and various other DCA boards) whose license expired in March, April, or May 2020. These licensees who have yet to complete their required CE and submit their CE worksheet to the CBA have until November 4, 2020 to do so.
This temporary waiver does not apply to any CE required pursuant to a disciplinary order. For more information, see our Licensees FAQs below.
Electronic Document Submission and Online Renewal Payments
An individual may scan and email any document to the CBA, except for:
- Transcripts (see Applicants FAQs for details) and Foreign Credential Evaluations
- Applications for Initial CPA Licensure
COVID-19 Resources for CBA Applicants and Licensees
- Prometric testing locations
- Prometric social distancing policies
- CalCPA COVID-19 Resource Page
- AICPA Coronavirus Resource Center
CBA COVID-19 FAQs
Please see the below webpages for additional COVID-19 related information for applicants and licensees. They will be updated as new information becomes available.
GENERAL COVID-19 RESOURCES
To stay up-to-date on general developments, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website.