Non-Licensee Firm Owner

Does Washington allow CPA firms to have non-licensee firm owners?

Yes. However, if you are a resident of Washington and want to be a non-licensee CPA firm owner, you must register as a resident non-licensee CPA firm owner.

What are the requirements to be a non-licensee firm owner?

  • Be an individual.
  • Meet the good character requirements. RCW 18.04.105(1)(a)
  • Comply with the act and Board rules.
  • Be an active individual participant in the licensed firm or affiliated entities. WAC 4-30-010

How do I register to be a non-licensee firm owner?

  1. You must first verify that you completed a course and an examination on materials covering all of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and have obtained a score of 90% or better,
  2. Then register or log into Secure Access Washington (click here for detailed instructions); and
  3. Use our online non-licensee registration application to apply.

When does the initial registration for a non-licensee firm owner expire?

It will expire on June 30 of the third calendar year following initial registration.

Are there CPE requirements for a non-licensee firm owner registration

Yes. You must complete four CPE hours in Board approved Washington ethics. You may want to review the renewal section.

When does the renewal of a non-licensee firm owner registration expire?

It will expire on June 30 of the third calendar year following renewal.

 

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