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101 College Hill Drive
Bachelors Degree Programs Available
|Per Capita Income||$34,477|
|Fortune 500 Companies||0|
|Licensed CPA Firms||251|
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101 College Hill Drive
111 W Congress St
Charles Town, WV
31 E Campus Dr
219 Rock St
2001 Union Carbide Dr
South Charleston, WV
100 Campus Dr
316 Eastern Drive
1201 Locust Ave
422 Dickinson St
900 Fifth Ave
5183 US Route 60 Building 1 Ste40
1 John Marshall Dr
1508 Spring St
One Mountwest Way
#1 Campus View Drive
301 North King St
401 Pierpont St
Dempsey Branch Road
Mount Gay, WV
100 Corporate Center Dr
Scott Depot, WV
2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
West Virginia has been making significant strides in the past few years by establishing itself as a region that is diversifying its business interests. It is becoming more active in the hospitality and tourism sectors, as well as automotive and education. Businesses such as these require close relationships with CPAs and other individuals with financial backgrounds, making the state a destination to consider.
Accounting salaries are currently slightly below the U.S. average for larger cities, but West Virginia is a good place for newly minted CPAs to gain experience. The market is less competitive and candidates have a number of small and industry-specific corporate firms to choose from.
|Count||Firm||Location||2014 Revenue (in millions)|
|1||Brown, Edwards & Co.||Bluefield, WV||$25|
|2||Arnett Foster Toothman||Charleston, WV||$55,280|
Accounting Today named these firms among the highest performing in a multi-state region. Rankings as based upon reported net revenues from 2014. Source: Accounting today "Top 100 Firms"
The requirements for working as a CPA in West Virginia are quite similar to most other states. You must, of course, pass a CPA exam and possess the minimum education requirements mandated by the state.
West Virginia maintains reciprocity with individuals who are licensed as CPAs in other states. Details can be viewed on West Virginia Board of Accountancy’s website. This state also allows out-of-state CPAs to legally provide accounting services to clients without opening a licensed office in the state.
The process of CPA licensure in West Virginia is comparable to requirements in other states:
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including bachelor's degree)|
|Hours in Accounting||27 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in specific accounting courses, excluding introductory accounting courses covering the principles of accounting components, including the minimum requirements of 6 hours in financial accounting or intermediate accounting, 6 hours in auditing or accounting information systems with a minimum of 3 hours in auditing, 3 hours in taxation, 3 hours in cost, managerial, governmental or not-for-profit accounting and 9 hours in accounting electives|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||Bachelor's degree (120 hours)|
|Experience Requirements||1 year general experience gained through the employment in private practice, government, industry, not-for-profit organization, academia or public practice.|
|Ethics Exam||No ethics exam|
Source: The American Institute of CPAs
West Virginia CPA testing windows are as follows: January/February, April/May, July/August, October/November
|Rank||Logo||School Name||Candidates||Pass Rate||Average Score|
|1||Bluefield State College||5||35.7%||73.4|
|3||Fairmont State University||12||36%||71|
|4||Glenville State College||6||50%||72.5|
|7||University of Charleston||17||36.6%||65.8|
|8||West Liberty University||17||27.1%||62|
|9||Wheeling Jesuit University||14||34.6%||67.8|
Schools are ranked by pass rate unless otherwise noted. Results are comprised of scores from both first-time test takers and those returning to take the whole exam or specific sections of it again. Source: National State Boards of Accountancy
When considering working as a CPA in West Virginia, it is important to become familiar with two organizations. First is the West Virginia Board of Accountancy. Second is the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (WVSCPA).
Both organizations have Web sites that contain valuable information about the steps required to work as a CPA in the state, as well as advantages to being a member of the state’s professional organizations.
405 Capitol Street, Suite 908
Charleston, WV 25301