The Oregon Board of Accountancy was created in 1913 by the Oregon Legislature. The board, with a staff of nine, protects the public through licensure of approximately 8,000 Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Public Accountants (PAs) and through registration of approximately 1,000 public accounting firms.
Applicants for licensure must meet minimum standards in terms of education, work experience and successful completion of the national CPA exam. Thereafter, licensees must demonstrate professional accounting competency at licensure renewal by meeting continuing education standards of 80 hours of education every two years for active licensees. The board also protects the public through its investigation function. Complaints are accepted in any written format from members of the public and other sources and may be self-initiated by the board. If an investigation finds a violation of board statutes or rules, licensees are held accountable for their conduct through disciplinary action.
The CPA profession is fundamentally about trust in the quality of audits, the accuracy of financial statements and the competency of any other professional service performed by CPAs, including tax services. The board holds licensees accountable for adhering to all professional and ethical standards that apply to their practice. The public can verify the status and disciplinary history of an Oregon licensee or public accounting firm on the board’s website. The public can also verify CPA credentials nationally through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website at www.cpaverify.org
Mailing Address: 3218 Pringle Rd. SE, Suite 110, Salem 97302-6307
Contact: Martin Pittioni, Executive Director; Scott Wright, CPA, Chair
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 673
Records, Publications and General Information
State Archives Holdings from This Agency
The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour
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Title: Board Minutes and Agendas
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