STATE OF WISCONSIN
Accounting Examining Board
IN THE MATTER OF RULEMAKING PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE
ACCOUNTING EXAMINING BOARD
ORDER OF THE ACCOUNTING EXAMINING BOARD
ADOPTING EMERGENCY RULES
The statement of scope for this rule, SS 079-16, was approved by the Governor on August 25, 2016, published in Register 729A1 on September 6, 2016, and approved by the Accounting Examining Board on September 19, 2016.
This emergency rule was approved by the Governor on September 21, 2016.
An order of the Accounting Examining Board to amend Accy 2.101 (2), 2.202 (intro.), 2.303, and 2.403 and create Accy 2.202 (3), relating to education required for examination and certification.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
FINDING OF EMERGENCY
The Accounting Examining Board finds that an emergency exists and that this rule is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare. A statement of facts constituting the emergency is:
Administrative rules that went into effect on June 1, 2016, changed the education requirements for candidates to take the certified public accountant (CPA) examination or be certified in Wisconsin as a CPA. Some candidates who, as of June 1, 2016, had completed or were in the process of completing their education according to the requirements in effect on May 31, 2016, do not or will not meet the education requirements as revised. This proposed rule will help ensure the opportunity for these individuals to be employed or start a business as a CPA in Wisconsin is not delayed or denied.
An expeditious promulgation of this rule is in the best interest of Wisconsin’s economy and public welfare, as this will prevent some students who have completed or are nearing completion of programs meeting the education requirements in effect on May 31, 2016, from having to take additional coursework to meet the current education requirements.
Explanation of agency authority:
Section 15.08 (5) (b), Stats., provides examining boards “shall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the trade or profession to which it pertains. . .” Section 442.04 (5) (b) 3., Stats., provides the Board may not grant a certificate as a certified public accountant to any person other than a person who “has completed at least 150 semester hours of education at an institution that include course work in accounting and business subjects, as determined by the examining board, and has received a bachelor's or higher degree.” Section 442.04 (5) (b) 4., Stats., provides a person is not eligible to take the CPA examination “unless the person has completed at least 120 semester hours of education at an institution that include course work in accounting and business subjects, as determined by the examining board.”
Related statute or rule:
Plain language analysis:
The rules update ch. Accy 2 to provide that, prior to June 1, 2017, a candidate may qualify to take the CPA examination or be certified in Wisconsin as a CPA under either the educational requirements in effect on May 31, 2016, or as revised effective June 1, 2016.
Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulation:
Comparison with rules in adjacent states:
Illinois requires 150 college or university semester hours with an accounting concentration to be admitted to take the certified public accountant examination. The 150 hours must include a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by an academic institution acceptable to the Board (225 Ill Comp. Stat. 450/3). The Board recognizes institutions of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education. The Board also recognizes business schools accredited by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (23 Ill. Adm. Code 1400.90 (c) (2) (G)).
Qualifications for a certificate as a certified public accountant in Iowa includes completion of at least 150 semester hours of college level education and receiving a baccalaureate or higher degree by a college or university recognized by the Board (Iowa Code §542.5 (7)). The Board recognizes institutions accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (193A IAC 3.2). Other qualifications include one year of verified experience and successful completion of the uniform certified accountant’s examination (193A IAC 3.1).