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Mr. Charles Lederer
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The Elijah Watt Sells award is a national recognition to those candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.5 across all four sections of the CPA exam, completed the exam during 2014 and passed all four parts on their first attempt.


Once we receive scores electronically from NASBA, we post a message under “News & Updates” on the left-hand side of the website.  This notice alerts candidates that scores are available for viewing unless the person is a provisional candidate.   This even happens after hours, so please keep checking back at the site.  Please do not call the office or contact the Help Desk.

Special Notice for Provisional Candidates Effective January 1, 2014

Candidates completing required courses in spring quarter or semester must test by September 1st
Candidates completing required courses in any summer term must test by December 1st
Candidates completing required courses in fall quarter or semester must test by March 1st
Candidates completing required courses in winter quarter or tri-mester must test by June 1st

If a provisional candidate fails to test by the appropriate date above, provisional status will be revoked and the candidate will not be allowed to test until all educational requirements have been met and all final transcripts submitted.  Candidates that do test within the appropriate time will still have 120 days to submit final transcripts from the date they test.


Educational requirements have changed effective July 1, 2013. You can view the new educational requirements at:

You can check under the "Exam" tab above to see if your school has posted a template of courses that will assist you to qualify.  

If a candidate has previously applied to the board and notified they fully qualified academically to take the CPA exam any time in the past, the candidate does not have to meet the new requirements.  


Illinois Board of Examiners
1120 E. Diehl Road, Suite 107
Naperville, IL  60563
Phone: 815-753-8900
Fax: 815-753-8953


AICPA Candidate Bulletin can be located here:

This is a must read for CPA candidates

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Online System

Online SystemOnline Applications & Transactions


Using the online system you can:

  • submit an examination application
  • submit an application for certification based on  reciprocity, IQEX exam score, or transfer of exam
  • credit from another jurisdiction
  • look up your examination scores
  • Illinois CPAs may request certification verification,
  • obtain a duplicate certificate or update their records
  • Access Public Certification Search of Illinois CPAs

Registration and Licensure

The Illinois Board of Examiners approves CPA certification only.

Inquiries regarding the license to practice as a public accountant and the requirements for continuing professional education must be directed to:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Accountancy Section,
320 W. Washington St., 3rd floor
Springfield, IL 62786

See CPA Designation for more detailed information.