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The RI Board of Accountancy is where you get your Certification/License. For more information click here.

CPA Exam Educational Requirements

Visit This Way to CPA a site developed by the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs)

Once you decide Accounting and CPA Pedigree is for you! Join RI Society of CPAs!

Best ROI (Return on Investment) you ever receive! Investment is Complimentary for College Students enrolled in the Accounting Major.

What is the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants?

The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA) is the statewide professional membership association for present and future CPA’s.

The RISCPA has 2,200 members working in all areas of accounting, from public practice, business and industry to government and education. It’s mission is “To provide leadership and resources which promote to society the high standards of integrity and honor of the CPA profession and contribute to the success of our members.”

Why Should You Apply?

Student membership is free and allows you to join and learn from this community of CPA’s and meet other new professionals like yourself. By taking that first step and becoming a member of the RI Society of CPA’s you will be on your way to developing a successful career in the Accounting field and it will be the most cost effective tool you will find.

Who can be a Member of the RISCPA?

Any undergraduate or graduate college student with an interest in accounting from a two or four year college or university shall be eligible for student membership.

What are the benefits of being a Member?

  • Resume Builder: a wonderful way to show future employers your level of involvement in the Accounting profession, it is up to you to become an active member or a passive member
  • Networking: Attend select events, meetings or committees. Networking and relationship building are key skills to successful business professionals.
  • Professional Development: stay up-to date with current events, news and topics that pertain to the profession
  • Internships: learn about what firms are offing internships, check this page out [Internships]
  • Scholarships: find out awards that are available to you as an accounting student
  • Newsletter: receive an e-mail copy of the Business Forum newsletter.
  • Complimentary: from the society to you! It’s one of the biggest ROI you can receive

How do I sign up?

Complete the application, print clearly, and you must use your college email address

College Students Majoring in Accounting

2023 Scholarship Programs

Undergraduate and Graduate students can apply for the following Scholarships!

  • The Carl W. Christiansen Scholarship: The late Carl Christiansen, CPA, established a scholarship fund in 1974. The purpose of this fund was to assist students who hope to join the public accounting profession, by granting scholarships to help defray the cost of a college education.
  • The Cheryl A. Ruggiero Scholarship was established in 2005 for female accounting students interested in pursuing a career in public accounting.
  • The KLR/Brian A. Altomari Memorial Fund Scholarship was established in 2018 by a grant dispensed through the RI Foundation and is intended for a student attending or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Rhode Island and will be a major in accounting.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 24, 2023. A determination of the amount of dollars available for the year will be made in March. The recipients will be notified in May.

2023 Scholarship Program

2023 Scholarship Application

Inquiries can be sent to Info@RISCPA.org