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DOPL Information

Director: Mark Steinagel
Bureau Manager: Dan Jones 801-530-6628
Board Secretary: Ann Naegelin 801-530-6396

Board Information
Members
Name Appointed Expires
Gordon L. Haycock Jul 01 2006Jun 30 2014
MacRay A Curtis Jul 01 2007Jun 30 2015
Sherman H. Smith Jul 01 2008Jun 30 2016
Robert C. Fuehr May 21 2013Jun 30 2017
(Public Member)
Wade K. Watkins Jul 01 2013Jun 30 2017
Chairperson
Meeting Minutes
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Certified Public Accountant FAQ's
How many hours of CPE do I need?
You must complete 80 hours of CPE (continuing professional education) during a reporting period of January 1 of even-numbered years to December 31 of odd-numbered years. An individual who is licensed during a reporting period must complete 10 hours of CPE for each complete quarter that you were licensed.
What are the experience requirements for an individual applying for new licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?
An applicant applying for new licensure as a CPA is required to have 2,000 hours (one year) of accounting experience, obtained under the supervision of a licensed CPA.
I am going to be out of the country for two years.  What are my options to maintain my license as a CPA?
A person may apply for and be given a waiver from or an extension of time to complete any requirement on the basis that the licensee was unable to complete the requirement due to a medical or related condition, humanitarian or ecclesiastical services, extended presence in a geographical area where continuing education is not available, etc.  A request must be submitted no later than the deadline for completing any of the continuing education requirements.  A licensee submitting a request has the burden of proof and must document the reason for the request to the satisfaction of the Division.  A request shall include the beginning and ending dates during which the licensee was unable to complete the continuing education requirement and a detailed explanation of the reason why.

The explanation shall also include the extent and duration of the impediment, extent to which the licensee continued to be engaged in practice of his profession, the nature of the medical condition, the location and nature of the humanitarian service, the geographical area where continuing education is not available, etc.

While a licensee may receive a waiver from meeting the minimum continuing education requirements, the licensee shall not be exempted from the requirements of Subsection 58-1-501(2)(i), which requires that the licensee provide services within the competency, abilities and education of the licensee.  If a licensee cannot competently provide services, the waiver of meeting the continuing education requirements may be conditioned upon the licensee restricting practice to areas in which the licensee has the required competency, abilities, and education.

I am currently a licensed CPA in the State of Utah.  I am employed in the industry but not by a public accounting firm.  I am planning on taking on a small compilation engagement on the side; do I need to be registered as an "accounting firm" to do that?
It is unlawful, pursuant to Subsection 58-26a-501(3) of the Utah Code Annotated for a person to indicate that they have expert knowledge in accounting unless they are licensed as a CPA and all of their offices are registered as firms.
I am a non-US citizen with a Certified Public Accountant license earned in my own country.  I would like to become a Certified Public Accountant in the United States and would like to apply for licensure in the state of Utah.  What do I need to do to become licensed in the state of Utah?
Foreign trained applicants must have their education and experience evaluated by a foreign evaluator service acceptable to the Division.  Upon completion of the evaluation, the applicant submits the findings to the Division to determine if any additional requirements are needed to become licensed.  To obtain information about foreign evaluation services, contact NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy): www.nasba.org ; 150 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 700; Nashville, TN 37219; (615) 880-4200.
Can you please let me know what I need to do to obtain a Certified Public Accountant license in Utah?
Basically to apply for licensure as a CPA licensed in another state the applicant must provide evidence of the following:
  1. an official document showing you passed the Uniform CPA Examination.  (a "Request for Verification of Examination and License" form showing you have taken the Uniform CPA Examination in another jurisdiction of the United States will meet this requirement.)
  2. a document showing a passing score of 90% on the AICPA Professional Ethics for CPAs Exam.
  3. an official letter from DOPL's testing provider documenting your passing the Utah Law and Rules Exam.
  4. a verification of licensure from the state in which you are currently licensed as a CPA using a "Request for Verification of License" form. (Request that the verifying state complete the form and mail or fax it directly to DOPL or return it to you for submission with your application.)
  5. documentation of professional experience showing that you have been actively engaged in the lawful practice as a CPA in another state, including 300 hours of audit, for not less than 10,000 hours during the 10 years immediately preceding your application for licensure in Utah.

 

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