Substantial Equivalency Information
Substantial equivalency refers to a determination by the board or its designee that the education, examination, and experience requirements contained in the statutes or rules of another state are comparable to or exceed the education, examination and experience requirements contained in the Uniform Accountancy Act or that an individual certified public accountant's education, examination and experience qualifications are comparable to or exceed the education, examination and experience requirements contained in the Uniform Accountancy Act. In determining whether the certification requirements of the other state or the individual are substantially equivalent to the certificate requirements of the Uniform Accountancy Act, the Board is authorized to use the National Qualification Appraisal Service.
A substantial equivalency practitioner is any individual whose principal place of business is not in this state, who holds a certificate from another state and has complied with the provisions of the substantial equivalency practice privileges
section of the Accountancy Law (W.Va. Code §30-9-16 et seq.)
For information regarding substantial equivalency certification requirements, http://www.boa.wv.gov/licensing/Pages/CertificationLicensure.aspca
For information regarding substantial equivalency practice privileges, http://www.boa/wv.gov/licensing/Pages/PracticePrivileges.aspx
Substantially Equivalent States and Jurisdictions*: List of substantially equivalent jurisdictions
*Until 2012, the Board considers all other states and U.S. territories substantially equivalent by meeting the education, exam and experience requirements of the Uniform Accountancy Act.
Not Substantially Equivalent States and Jurisdictions: Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
An individual from a non-substantial equivalency state who holds a valid license as a certified public accountant and has obtained NASBA's National Qualification Appraisal Service verification that his or her individual CPA qualifications are substantially equivalent to the CPA licensure requirements of the Uniform Accountancy Act may practice in West Virginia as a substantial equivalency practitioner.
As of this writing, the following mutual recognition agreements are recognized by the West Virginia Board of Accountancy as substantially equivalent to West Virginia's CPA designation (other individual requirements may need to be met in order to qualify for a substantial equivalency reciprocal certificate in West Virginia)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Canada, Mexico, and United States Memorandum of Understanding
Chartered Accountants Ireland
Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants
Instituto Mexican de Contadores Publicos
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
For an updated listing of substantially equivalent foreign designations, please follow the link: http://www.nasba.org/international/mra/
Updated August 16, 2011