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Rep. West's bipartisan bill to reduce credit hours required for CPA exam signed into law

HB 442 also makes other occupational licensure reforms
January 8, 2021
Thomas West News

State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced that House Bill (HB) 442, his bipartisan bill with Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) from the 133rd General Assembly to reduce the hours required to sit for the CPA exam and enact other occupational licensure reforms, was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine late yesterday evening.

“I am grateful that the Governor recognizes the importance of HB 442 for aspiring CPAs in Ohio and for other folks navigating the state’s occupational licensure processes,” said Rep. West. “HB 442 is a student-friendly bill that makes the process of taking the CPA exam more flexible for aspiring CPAs, and it simplifies several different occupational licensure processes. These changes will make Ohio a more competitive state and a better place to study and to work.”

HB 442 will allow students who have completed 120 credit hours to sit for all four parts of the CPA exam, thus providing them more flexibility to take the exam when they feel most prepared. Under current law, students are required to complete 150 credit hours before sitting for the exam. It is important to note that students will still be required to complete 150 credit hours in order to become licensed; HB 442 will merely change the threshold at which students can take the exam.

HB 442 will also implement various occupational licensure reforms recommended by the House State and Local Government Committee in its December 2019 Occupational Licensing Review Report. These reforms affect occupations under the purview of the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Commerce, and several other state agencies.