North Carolina CPA Requirements
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CPA Exam Requirements
Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units)
Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate
Additional Requirements: 30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of upper division accounting with no more than 6 hours of accounting principles and 3 hours of business law
Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required
Minimum Age: 18
Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state.
Social Security Requirement: Yes
Educational Requirement: 150 Semester hours (including Bachelor's Degree ) with 24 hours consisting of 3 hours from 8 of the 10 fields of study: communications, computer technology, economics, ethics, finance, humanities, international environment, law, management, and statistics
Participates in International Exam Program: No
Experience Requirements: 1 year experience in the public practice of accountancy under the direct supervision of a properly licensed CPA OR 4 years experience in the field of accounting, teaching accounting, or self-employed in accounting
Ethics Exam: Must complete 8 hour Ethics Course and pass Exam on North Carolina Rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct (1 year prior to applying for licensure)
|Initial Application Fees||$230|
*$75 re-examination application fee