The Rhode Island Board of Accountancy is established and governed by Chapter 5-3.1 of the Rhode Island General Laws. It is an autonomous executive branch board administratively housed within the Department of Business Regulation. The Board is responsible for licensing certified public accountants, grandfathered public accountants, and public accounting practice units (CPA firms). The Board handles complaints that allege violations of statutory and regulatory provisions under the Board’s jurisdiction. The Board periodically reviews its statutes, regulations, applications, and processes for updating and streamlining.