New Jersey Extends CPA Exam Credit Window

 – October 13, 2020
New Jersey Extends CPA Exam Credit Window

Following a recommendation from the NJCPA, the Division of Consumer Affairs — the government agency that oversees the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy — has announced that the expiration of CPA Exam credits has been extended to Dec. 31, 2020. (Scroll down to read the full email from the Division of Consumer Affairs.)

For New Jersey CPA candidates, CPA Exam credits and Notices to Schedule (NTS) that expire between March 9, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020, will be extended to Dec. 31, 2020. 

The extension is automatic, but it may take some time for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) data to be updated. We are reaching out to NASBA to confirm and will provide updates as soon as we receive them.

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October 2, 2020, email from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs:

Dear licensees and CPA exam candidates, 

Please be advised that the Division has issued a Rule Waiver (DCA-W-2020-17) temporarily extending until December 31, 2020, the expiration of certain exam credits for the multi-part Certified Public Account Exam (CPA Exam). Additionally, DCA-W-2020-17 extends until June 30, 2021, the deadline for licensees to complete continuing professional education (CPE). 

The Division takes this action today due to the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties CPA Exam candidates have faced – and continue to face – in sitting for the multi-part CPA Exam within the required 18-month window, and the challenges licensees have experienced obtaining CPE credits. Under the order, candidates’ exam credits that expire between March 9, 2020, and December 30, 2020, will be extended to the new December 31, 2020 deadline. Additionally, the order extends – from December 31, 2020, to June 30, 2021 – the deadline by which Board-licensed certified public accountants and public accountants must complete 120 CPE credits. This order takes effect immediately. 

We at the Division recognize the many challenges our licensees face during this difficult time and thank you for the work you do to serve the public.


Paul R. Rodríguez

Acting Director
Division of Consumer Affairs
New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety