61H1-27.0041: One Year of Work Experience
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The Board proposes to promulgate the rule to set forth the documentation requirements regarding the one year of work experience required for licensure.
SUMMARY: The documentation requirements regarding the required one year of work experience for licensure will be stated in the rule.
SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COSTS: A Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost has been prepared and is available by contacting Veloria Kelly, Division Director, at the address listed below.
Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.
SPECIFIC AUTHORITY: 473.304, 473.308(4) FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 473.306, 473.308(4) FS.
IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN FAW.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Veloria Kelly, Division Director, Board of Accountancy, 240 N.W. 76th Dr., Suite A, Gainesville, Florida 32607
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS:
61H1-27.0041 One Year of Work Experience.
If application for licensure is made after December 31, 2008, and the applicant has not applied for and been approved to take the licensure examination by January 1, 2009, the applicant must document one year of work experience as follows:
(1) Definitions. Within the context of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Applicant.” An applicant is a person who has met Florida’s educational requirements for licensure and intends from the outset of the supervised experience to meet the supervised experience requirement for licensure.
(b) “Supervised” and “supervision:” the subjection of the applicant, during employment, to oversight, guidance and evaluation by a supervisor who had the right to control and direct the applicant as to the result to be accomplished by the work and also as to the means by which the result was to be accomplished.
(c) “Supervisor.” A supervisor is either a licensed certified public accountant in good standing with any regulating body or a chartered accountant recognized by the International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB).
(2) One year of work experience shall be held and understood to mean the rendition of services such as are customarily performed by full-time, regularly employed staff employees of a certified public accountant during the normal workweek as required by the employing certified public accountant, commencing after the completion of the educational requirements set forth in subsection 61H1-27.002(3), F.A.C. The experience must either average at least twenty (20) hours a week over no more than one hundred and four (104) weeks or average no more than forty (40) hours a week over no more than fifty-two (52) weeks. Reasonable vacation time and sick leave or other required absences may be permitted. The supervisor, in her or his report to the Department, shall certify that the applicant rendered such services as are customarily performed by full-time, regularly employed staff employees for a minimum of 2,000 hours gained over a period of not less than fifty-two (52) or more than one hundred and four (104) weeks. The sequence of the experience is considered immaterial, that is, whether the experience was secured before or after taking the examination, or partly before the examination and partly after the examination, provided the two periods combined equal at least one year.
(3) The one year of work experience may be achieved by teaching accounting full time for one year at an accredited college or university, as defined in subsection 61H1-27.001(1), F.A.C., under the following conditions:
(a) Full-time teaching as described by the rules of the educational institution where the applicant taught will be accepted by the Board to be full-time teaching. However, in no case will less than twelve (12) semester hours, or the equivalent, be accepted by the Board as full-time teaching.
(b) If the applicant has not taught accounting full time for one year, credit will be allowed by the Board for teaching accounting less than full time on a pro rata basis based upon the number of semester or quarter hours required for full-time teaching at the educational institution where the applicant taught. However, in no case will an applicant receive credit for a full-time teaching year for teaching done in less than one academic year or more credit than one full-time teaching year for teaching done within one calendar year.
(c) Courses outside the fields of accounting and general business will not be counted toward full-time teaching.
(4) Documentation of the one year of work experience shall be made using the Certification of Work Experience form (DBPR FormCPA 32/Revised 9/08) which is hereby incorporated by reference, effective ________, a copy of which may be obtained from the Board office located at 240 NW 76th Drive, Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32607-6655.
Specific Authority 473.304(1), 473.308(4) FS. Law Implemented 473.308(4) FS. History–New________.