This section is full of information for students interested in accounting such as scholarship opportunities, the exam and student membership. Let the Idaho Society of CPAs help you build a bridge to your future. Get involved in the professional organization that's dedicated to your future.
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What kinds of opportunities await you after you pass the CPA exam? Will you find a career in public accounting, business, industry, education or government? You can learn about the CPA profession and network with CPAs as a student member of the Idaho Society of CPAs.
Let the Idaho Society of CPAs help you build a bridge to your future. Join the ISCPA as a Student Member and get involved in the professional organization that's dedicated to your future.
Student Member Benefits:
- An opportunity for students to get involved with a professional association early in their careers.
- Network with CPAs at member functions, such as our IEG Breakfasts, Chapter Luncheons, Annual Meeting and more.
- Serve on a committee and help to steer the profession.
- Receive Society publications, and have your articles published in the Society's on-line newsletter.
- Receive lists of CPA members who are interested in acting as mentors or resources to student members.
- Find out about internships with CPA member companies.
- Post your resume on our website.
- Save big when you are ready to purchase a CPA exam review package.
- Gain access to many affinity programs, as discounts on Monroe calculators and many more.
- Involvement in a professional organization demonstrates a commitment to quality and a strong desire to succeed in one's chosen profession. Future employers may find that student membership sets you apart from the crowd.
Who is eligible?
- Any person who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary business program at a college or university and is actively working to complete the educational requirements for the CPA.
How much does it cost?
- Membership dues are $25 per calendar year.
How do I join?
Other Areas of Interest
- Start Here Go Places - A fantastic resource for students interested in the accounting profession.
- Try out one of these "day in the life" games to see what it really takes to be CPA-smart.
- State of Idaho Pre-Exam & Licensing Requirements
- Idaho Prometric Testing Centers
- Idaho Schools with Accounting Degrees
- ISCPA Scholarship Opportunities
- CPA Exam Review Courses
- CPA Exam
- ISCPA Resume Connections
What educational requirements must I meet to qualify to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam?
A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, which includes 30 or more semester hours in business administration subjects from a college or university recognized by the Board, of which at least 20 semester hours shall be in the study of accounting subjects.
I have passed the Uniform CPA Examination as an Idaho candidate, what else do I need to do to become licensed in Idaho?
- Submit your experience on forms approved by the Idaho State Board and the "Application for License"
- Successfully complete a course in ethics.
- Meet the 150 hour education requirement unless otherwise exempt.
- Experience: One year is required, either full time or part time, that extends over a period of no less than 12 months and no more than 36 months and includes no fewer than 2,000 hours. Experience must be obtained within the 10 years period immediately preceding the application for license. Experience must be verified by a licensee who held a current and active license at the time the experience was obtained.
- An applicant shall be deemed to have met the education requirement for licensure if, as part of the one hundred fifty (150) semester hours of education, the applicant has met any one (1) of the following four (4) conditions:
- Earned a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from a program that is accredited in accounting by an accrediting agency approved by the Board;
- Earned a graduate degree from a program that is accredited in business by an accrediting agency approved by the Board and completed at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or fifteen (15) semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination thereof, including coverage of, but not necessarily separate courses in, the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting;
- Earned a baccalaureate degree from a program that is accredited in business by an accrediting agency approved by the Board and completed twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level including coverage of, but not necessarily separate courses in, the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; and completed at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level; or
- Earned a baccalaureate or higher degree and completed at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting at the upper division or graduate level at an institution approved by the Board and including coverage of, but not necessarily separate courses in, the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; and completed at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level.
For more information, visit IBSA's website.
- Idaho State University - Meridian
1311 East Central Dr
Meridian, Idaho 83642
- Idaho State University - Pocatello
1001 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho 83209
- Several colleges in Idaho offer degrees in accounting. Here are links to those schools' Accounting Departments:
- Boise State University
- Boise State University Online Master of Accountancy
- BYU Idaho, Rexburg
- College of Idaho, The, Caldwell
- College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls
- College of Western Idaho, Nampa
- Idaho State University, Pocatello
- Northwest Nazarene University , Nampa
- University of Idaho, Moscow
CPA Examination Booklet
The Uniform CPA Examination booklet is a publication produced by the AICPA for students and candidates. The booklet, published annually, highlights the benefits of licensure and the requirements and process to attain the CPA. Most importantly, it provides valuable details about the CPA Examination, the gateway to licensure.
Readers get an overview of the CPA Examination, including its structure and item types, scoring information, candidate tips, and helpful study resources such as the Examination Blueprints.
Download:2017 CPA Examination Booklet
How the next CPA exam was developed
7 things you need to know about the design of the test for licensure
By Ken Tysiac - Journal of Accountancy - September 1, 2016
The debut of the next CPA exam on April 1, 2017, reflects an important evolution in the accounting profession.
Advances in technology, along with factors such as globalization and outsourcing, have combined to create an environment where newly licensed CPAs need more advanced skills than ever before. The update of the Uniform CPA Examination was designed to maintain alignment with professional practice and continue to provide state boards of accountancy reasonable assurance that candidates who pass have the appropriate skills and knowledge to perform as newly licensed CPAs. This means that the exam will have a greater focus on higher-order skills such as analysis and evaluation.
What may not be apparent to exam candidates is the care that is taken to make sure that the CPA exam tests the appropriate skills in a fair and objective manner. Continue Reading
Quiz: How much do you know about the next CPA exam?
By Ken Tysiac - Journal of Accountancy - September 1, 2016
In 2017, the CPA exam will undergo its first major update since 2011. How much do you know about the next exam? Take this interactive quiz and find out.
CPA Examination Content
Examination content refers to CPA Examination questions – multiple-choice, written communication and task-based simulations* – reflecting the subject matter eligible to be tested. According to the Board of Examiners (BOE) policy, Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) document the content that is covered in all four sections of the Examination.
*Task-based simulations are case studies that allow candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by generating responses to questions rather than simply selecting an answer. They typically require candidates to use spreadsheets and/or research authoritative literature provided in the Exam.
View a summary of changes to the 2017 CSOs/SSOs.
Exam Section Blueprints Effective April 1, 2017
On February 11, 2016, the AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) approved Exam section blueprints for the next version of the Uniform CPA Examination that will be effective on April 1, 2017.
Download: Next Version Exam Blueprints Effective April 1, 2017
CSO Update Effective January 1, 2017
On May 28, 2015, the AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) approved changes to the CPA Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) that will be effective on January 1, 2017.
Download:CSOs/SSOs Effective January 1, 2017
CSO Update Effective January 1, 2016
On October 10, 2014, the AICPA Board of Examiners (BOE) approved changes to the CPA Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) that will be effective on January 1, 2016.
Download: CSOs/SSOs Effective January 1, 2016
View a summary of changes to the 2016 CSOs/SSOs.
To learn more about the new computerized CPA Exam, visit "The Uniform CPA Examination" website. You'll find an online tutorial that demonstrates the new exam's format and functions. NASBA also has a FAQ section that you may find helpful.
To familiarize candidates with the format and functionality of the Examination, sample tests and a tutorial are provided by the AICPA.