45:2B-53 Waiving of examination
12. a. The board may waive the examination of, and issue a license to, any person who is of good moral character, and who, at the time of his application, holds a valid and unrevoked license as a certified public accountant issued by or under the authority of any state or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia which has education, experience, examination and re-examination requirements which are substantially equivalent to the requirements of this act and the regulations promulgated pursuant to this act for the issuance of a license as a certified public accountant.
b. The board may waive the examination of, and issue a license to, an applicant who within 10 years immediately preceding the date of application has held a valid and unrevoked license as a certified public accountant issued by or under the authority of any state or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia, and who has had four years of experience outside of this State of the type described in subsection a. of section 10 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-51 Requirements for licensure), or meets equivalent requirements prescribed by the board by regulation, after passing the examination upon which the applicant’s license was based with grades that would have been passing grades at the time in this State. If an applicant’s certificate, license or permit was issued no less than six years prior to the application for issuance of an initial license under this section, that applicant shall have also fulfilled the requirements of continuing professional education that would have been applicable under the rules of this State to be eligible for licensure under the provisions of subsection a. of section 27 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-68 Continuing professional education required for license renewal; orientation, certain.).
C. The board shall issue a license as a certified public accountant to a holder of a foreign designation, granted in a foreign country entitling the holder thereof to engage in the practice of public accountancy if:
(1) The foreign authority which granted the designation makes similar provision to allow a person who holds a valid license issued by this State to obtain that foreign authority’s comparable designation; and
(2) The foreign designation:
(a) was duly issued by a foreign authority that regulates the practice of public accountancy and the foreign designation has not expired or been revoked or suspended;
(b) entitles the holder to issue reports upon a financial statement; and
(c) was issued upon the basis of educational, examination, and experience requirements established by the foreign authority or by law; and
(3) The applicant:
(a) received the designation, based on educational and examination standards substantially equivalent to those in effect in this State, at the time the foreign designation was granted;
(b) completed an experience requirement, substantially equivalent to the requirement set out in section 10 of this act, in the jurisdiction which granted the foreign designation, or has completed four years of experience of the type described in subsection a. of section 10 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 259 (45:2B-51 Requirements for licensure); or meets equivalent requirements prescribed by the board, within the 10 years immediately preceding the application; and
(c) passed a uniform qualifying examination in national standards acceptable to the board and an examination on the laws, regulations and code of ethical conduct in effect in this State.
An applicant seeking licensure under this subsection shall in the application list all jurisdictions, foreign and domestic, in which the applicant has applied for or holds a designation to practice public accountancy, and each holder of a license issued under this subsection shall notify the board in writing, within thirty days after its occurrence, of any issuance, denial, revocation or suspension of a designation or commencement of a disciplinary or enforcement action by any jurisdiction.
L.1997,C. 259,S.12; amended 2001, C. 149, S.4.
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