TSBPA General Information
January 14, 2021
TSBPA will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. We salute the life and work of Dr. King on this 35th anniversary of the national MLK Day observance.
TSBPA offices will re-open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 7:30 a.m. (CST).
January 12, 2021
Firm License Renewals Due February 28, 2021 Can Now Be Paid Online
Use Online Services for Firms to manage all phases of the annual renewal process.
January 12, 2021
Individual License Renewals Due February 28, 2021 Can Now Be Paid Online
Use Online Services for Individuals to manage all phases of the annual renewal process.
January 07, 2021
Virtual Recognition Ceremony for New Texas CPAs
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) produced a virtual recognition ceremony for new Texas first-time CPAs who would have been eligible to attend in-person swearing-in ceremonies that were canceled due to COVID-19 (license numbers 115637 – 117695). We invite you to watch the brief virtual recognition ceremony, which includes responses from special guests. Congratulations to our newest Texas CPAs!
August 25, 2020
Over the past few weeks, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) staff has been busy packing up and relocating our office to its new location at 505 E. Huntland Drive, Suite 380 in Austin, Texas, 78752. About a year ago, the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) notified our agency that we would need to relocate our office. Since we are a self-directed, semi-independent agency, the TFC specified that we needed to find our own building to lease.
The rising cost of commercial lease space in Austin made finding an affordable office space a challenging task. Unfortunately, it was too cost prohibitive for us to continue to lease office space in downtown Austin. However, we are able to reduce lease costs by sharing some office space with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners at the new location in North Central Austin.
Although our mailing address has changed all of our phone and fax numbers remain the same. Visit our website for a complete listing of contact information for the Board. "I am excited about the opportunity to have new office space and to continue to deliver exceptional service to our licensees, candidates, and the public," said TSBPA Executive Director William Treacy.
August 12, 2020
• CPA Exam Extensions and Continuous Testing
We are aware that Texas CPA Exam candidates are still experiencing testing difficulties and delays due to recent sporadic test center closures and other COVID related complications. All Texas CPA Exam candidates with one or more credits on the CPA Exam that will expire on or before September 30, 2020, will be granted a 90-day extension of the credit to December 31, 2020. Currently the Board is not considering extensions of the credit beyond December 31, 2020. However, as of July 1, 2020, CPA Exam testing windows have been replaced by continuous testing, allowing candidates to take the Exam year-round. This allows applicants who receive a failing score to immediately reapply and retest. It is possible to take the same section of the Exam 2-3 times within a quarter, which reduces the time candidates may need to study and retake a section. Please continue to visit Prometric’s website to search for available appointments and for updates related to test center closures.
July 27, 2020
• Board Eliminates In-Person Class Requirements
An amendment to Board Rule 511.57 allows Texas CPA Exam applicants to take the 30 semester hours of upper level accounting in any format established by the university and has eliminated the required 15 hours of face-to-face accounting courses. More info about requirements for examination
July 1, 2020
• CPA Exam Continuous Testing Begins July 1
Starting July 1, 2020, CPA Exam testing windows will be replaced by continuous testing, allowing candidates to take the Exam year-round. Under the continuous testing model, scores will be released on a rolling basis and candidates will be able to retake a failed section without restrictions. The new model replaces quarterly testing windows that only permitted candidates to test during specified dates. The new continuous testing model provides greater candidate flexibility and convenience, with more than 75 additional testing dates available throughout the year. According to Prometric, 3,465 test events have already been scheduled between September 11-30, 2020, a previous blackout period, signifying increased flexibility and frequency in candidate testing. Visit the AICPA's CPA Exam Score Release page and watch this video for more info.
June 2, 2020
• CPA Exam Test Centers Update
As of June 1, 2020, a limited number of Prometric test centers in Texas are open at full capacity. Please check the "Site Occupancy Status" column on the Prometric site openings webpage. Candidates will receive an email from Prometric three days before their test date to confirm their appointment, and to acknowledge and agree to testing guidelines. If you are uncomfortable or unable to test for any reason, you can reschedule your appointment via self-service here, prior to your testing date.
May 19, 2020
Board Grants Additional Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures
• Notice to Schedule (NTS) Extensions
All Texas CPA Exam candidates with a Notice to Schedule (NTS) expiring between April 1 – September 30, 2020, will be extended until December 31, 2020.
• CPA Exam Credit Extensions
All Texas CPA Exam candidates with one or more credits on the CPA Exam that will expire on or before September 30, 2020, will be granted a 90-day extension of the credit to December 31, 2020.
Notice to Schedule and CPA Exam Credit Extensions will be communicated to NASBA and reflected on the candidates’ secure files on the Board’s website at www.tsbpa.texas.gov.
Visit Prometric’s website to search for available appointments and for updates related to test center closures.May 19, 2020
Board Grants Application of Intent Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures
We understand that Texas CPA Exam candidates are having difficulty finding open testing sites and scheduling appointments so that they can test before the expiration of the Application of Intent. The Board has authorized the extension of approved Applications of Intent to December 31, 2020.
Visit Prometric’s website to search for available appointments and for updates related to test center closures.May 13, 2020
• Prometric Contact Form
Candidates who have questions or need assistance to schedule their appointment to take the CPA Exam can fill out an online contact form on Prometric's website for the quickest response.
May 13, 2020
• Preparing for Your Fingerprinting Appointment - Photos and Masks
As part of the fingerprinting process, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires candidates and CPAs to be photographed. Individuals who wear a face mask to their fingerprinting appointment will be informed that it will be necessary to remove the mask to have their photo taken so they can be easily identified. IdentoGO staff has been advised to maintain six feet distance when possible. Individuals who decline to remove their mask will be asked to reschedule their appointment for a later date.
May 1, 2020
• New CPA Exam Testing FAQs
Read NASBA's new CPA Exam Testing FAQs
April 24, 2020
• CPA Exam Test Centers Reopen on May 1, 2020
The CPA profession is considered an essential service. Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, plans to reopen test centers beginning May 1 at centers where government regulations and guidelines allow. Social distancing guidelines and other safety measures will be implemented. All candidates with May appointments will be contacted by Prometric to either confirm or cancel appointments, as necessary, either because of new social distancing requirements or because their test center is not yet reopening. Candidates should visit Prometric's website and NASBA's website and check them frequently for updates.
In order to protect the health and wellbeing of test takers and staff, specific social distancing procedures will be implemented. This will require that fewer testing appointments will be available in order to allow appropriate distance between test takers in the centers. Additional operating guidelines will include allowing candidates to wear masks and gloves, wiping down all work surfaces between test events, ongoing disinfection of test centers and more. Information and instructions about new procedures at test centers will be provided to all scheduled candidates.
April 13, 2020
• Prometric Test Center Closures Extended Until April 30, 2020
Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, will extend the closure of all test centers in the U.S. and Canada until April 30, 2020, with planned resumption of testing on May 1. If your exam appointment is impacted by these closure extensions, you will receive a cancellation email from Prometric with instructions to reschedule. Candidates should visit Prometric's website and check it frequently for updates related to test center closures.
April 9, 2020
• Contact us via email for the quickest response
We are currently experiencing issues with the Texas Complex Phone System due to an extremely high volume of calls placed to the Texas Workforce Commission for unemployment claims. Please contact the Board via email for the quickest response. You can find a directory of email addresses here.
March 27, 2020
• NASBA Invokes Emergency Testing Period
The 20Q2 testing window will be extended from June 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020. The NASBA/AICPA/Prometric Contract Steering Group has made the decision to invoke an emergency testing period in anticipation of the reopening of Prometric test centers on April 16, 2020, and in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, NASBA will extend all NTSs expiring between April 1 - June 30, 2020, until September 30, 2020, and Prometric will waive all rescheduling fees.
March 26, 2020
• Board Temporarily Accepting Electronic Transcripts
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the shelter-in-place orders established for states and municipalities, the Board is temporarily accepting electronic transcripts and e-scripts to document the educational coursework completed and degrees awarded for individuals who submitted the Application of Intent. The electronic transcripts/e-scripts must come to the Board directly from the Registrar's office at the educational institution. Please ask your Registrar's office to send your electronic transcripts/e-scripts to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 18, 2020
• Due to the increased presence of COVID-19 in the state of Texas, TSBPA offices are closed to any visitors and the public until further notice.
The offices of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy are open and operational, and we will continue to perform the essential functions of our agency while providing the highest level of service possible. Please note that our physical office is not open for visitors. The best way to contact the Board is by email. A list of agency emails can be found here.
March 17, 2020
• Board Grants Extensions in Response to Prometric Test Center Closures
Effective March 18, 2020, Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, will be closing all test centers in the U.S. and Canada and anticipates re-opening centers on April 16, 2020. More Info
March 17, 2020
• Critical Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information For Licensees:
The agency has released new information about the annual license renewal process in response to COVID-19.More Info
March 12, 2020
• Board Adopts Emergency Rule Revision to Qualified Accounting Courses in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy adopted an emergency rule revision to Rule 511.57 Qualified Accounting Courses. The rule revision has eliminated the requirement for candidates to take at least 15 of their 30 semester credit hours of upper division accounting courses from classes held in-person. The Board made the decision to adopt this emergency rule revision because many universities are moving classes online amid COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns.
The Board adopted the revision at its March 12, 2020 Board meeting. This change is effective immediately but will not apply retroactively. The emergency rule revision is good for 120 days and may be extended for an additional 60 days by Board action.
March 12, 2020
• Special Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the CPA Exam
Prometric, the CPA Exam testing services provider, has released a special notice regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Candidates who plan to take the Exam within the next six weeks should visit Prometric’s website and check it frequently for updates related to test center closures, candidate safety, test center cleanliness, and frequently asked questions.
February 18, 2020
Fingerprint-Based Background Check — Updates
The fingerprinting instructions and process are now available to all licensees. You can access your specific fingerprinting status and instructions by logging intoOnline Services on the Board's website. You will also be reminded to complete the fingerprinting requirement when you receive your annual renewal notice. However, there is no need to wait for your renewal month to complete the fingerprinting process. The most common question so far:
My fingerprints were rejected. What do I do now?
When fingerprints are processed by IdentoGO they could be rejected for various reasons. You will need to be fingerprinted again to meet the requirement, but free of charge.Read More information
July 23, 2019
License Fee Schedule Beginning September 2019
The Board has determined the fees to be charged for various applications, services, and annual renewals.
July 15, 2019
Amendments to the Public Accountancy Act
The Texas Legislature enacted H.B. 1520, effective September 1, 2019. As a result, amendments will be made to the Public Accountancy Act.
June 7, 2019
CPE Rule Revised to Allow for Non-Resident CPE Reciprocity
Board Rule 523.112 - Required CPE Participation has been revised to allow non-resident Texas CPAs to meet this portion of their annual renewal by affirming that they meet the CPE requirements of their home state. Board Rule 523.112 (e)