Ethics FAQ

What are the rules of conduct?

Accounting Examining Board, Chapter Accy 1 Rules of Conduct

How can I find out if they have credentials?

Visit the License Lookup, click on Business and select from the credential type, enter the last name or credential number to search.

How can I file a complaint?

Go to File a Complaint and follow the steps.

How can I find out if there is discipline or other orders affecting a credential holder?

Visit the Reports of Decisions and type his or her name in the Search window.

Can credentials be transferred from other states and countries?

Applicants must establish that they have a “substantial equivalence” of the qualifications required in Wisconsin, as detailed in Section 442.04 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Complete the Application for Certified Public Accountant.

People trained outside the United States

  1. Canadian chartered accountants who have passed the Canadian Uniform Final Examination do not need to take the Uniform CPA Examination, but may take the Canadian Chartered Accountant Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination (CAQEX) in its place. Contact the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA) at 800-272-3926 ext. 4206 for information and application materials.
  2. Complete a course in United States Income Taxation and a course in United States Business Law from an accredited four-year bachelor-degree granting institution in the United States.
  3. Submit all college transcripts to NASBA for review. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved credential evaluation service and must meet Wisconsin requirements.
  4. Take and pass the Uniform CPA Examination. Contact NASBA for the examination application.
  5. When you have completed the experience requirement, complete the Application for Certified Public Accountant. Education and experience must meet Wisconsin requirements.
  6. Information to take the Ethics examination will be sent to you when you submit the completed Application for Certified Public Accountant.

How long does it take to make a determination to provide credentials?

By law an original completed application for a credential shall be reviewed within 60 business days after having been received, but the average time for review is 30 days. An application is considered completed when all materials necessary to make the determination on the application and all requested materials have been received.

Source: State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing