Accountancy Information: CPA and CMA
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCOUNTING (CPA AND CMA) EXAMINATION CANDIDATES
To ensure that your evaluation is processed quickly,
you must submit an application and all academic documents, as
required. The following information applies to foreign-educated
candidates who plan to take CPA and/or CMA examinations in the
On the WES website you will find a list of all
the state accountancy boards that accept WES evaluations.
as well as helpful links regarding the CPA and CMA
We strongly advise that you verify all requirements, including those related to
academic credential evaluation, with the state accountancy board to
which you will be submitting your application.
- Which type of evaluation should I request?
For CPA examinations, the CPA Board Evaluation (designed specifically for accounting boards) is required. The evaluation identifies business and accounting courses and indicates their level.
The Colorado Board of Accountancy, Maine Board of Accountancy, New Mexico Public Accountancy Board, and Washington State Board of Accountancy require that copies of international transcripts be included with your credential evaluation report. Please select both the CPA Supplemental Package and WES' International Credential Evaluation Package (ICAP) to comply with this requirement.
For the CMA examination, a document-by-document evaluation is sufficient.
In both cases, it is important that on the WES application form, you select "professional licensing/certification" as the primary purpose for the evaluation and indicate the state CPA board(s) to which your report should be sent. WES maintains the addresses of all the U.S. State boards.
- What if I want to take both the CPA and CMA examinations?
Select the CPA Board Evaluation, which will be accepted for both examinations.
- What documents should I submit?
The WES application form and the
"Required Documents" section of our website provide instructions on the documents required for each country. Please read and follow those instructions carefully.
For a CPA Board Evaluation, you should submit your formal, university-issued degree/diploma certificate with transcripts or marksheets listing all subjects studied, the examinations taken and grades earned. All academic records must be issued on official university stationery and bear the signature and seal of the authorized university official.
You should carefully review the detailed requirements for your
country of education, which are provided in the "Required
Documents" section of our web site. Furthermore, each U.S. State board of accounting has its own specific requirements that you must follow. It is extremely important that you check with the state board about its requirements.
WES maintains a list of all U.S. accountancy boards that accept WES evaluations and links to other sites that offer
information on the CPA and CMA
- What if my documents are not in English?
WES requires that all foreign language documents be submitted together with precise translations in English done by a professional translator. However, WES does not accept translations alone, so make sure that you submit the original-language documents with the translations.
- My university-issued documents are in English.
If your documents were issued in English by the university or school that you attended, you need submit only the English-language documents.
- How long does it take to obtain the evaluation?
WES will prepare and mail the evaluation within seven (7) business days of the receipt of a complete application, all required documents and fees. However, if additional research or correspondence is required, the evaluation will take longer. As international correspondence takes time we recommend that you begin the process as early as possible and allow up to four (4) weeks for the exchange of correspondence with your academic institution(s).
- How do I make certain that the application is completed within 7 days?
To ensure timely service, read and follow instructions carefully and submit all academic documents, translations, and fees as required. Since collecting documents can take time, contact your university as early as possible to begin preparing your documents.
- Can I use the WES evaluation for another purpose?
Yes. A WES evaluation can be used for any purpose, including education, employment or any other purpose where you must demonstrate the US equivalency of your academic credentials.
- Where do I submit the application?
Applications and all documents should be sent to World Education
Services at one of the following addresses:
World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
BY FAX: 212-739-6120
World Education Services
64 Beaver St, #146
New York, NY 10004