North Dakota CPA Requirements

North Dakota CPA Requirements

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North Dakota CPA Requirements

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Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 150 semester units (225 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate with 150 semester units

Additional Requirements: 24 semester credits or equivalent of accounting education (not to include principles or equivalent)

24 credits of other upper level business courses  

*You may sit for the exam prior to reaching 150 units but will need to complete your education within six months of your exam application date

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: None

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 33 hours in accounting and 27 hours in business

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year of experience gained through employment in government, industry, academia, or public accounting

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

North Dakota State Board of Accountancy
2701 S. Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND 58201-6029

Email: ndsba@state.nd.us
Phone: 800-532-5904
Fax: 701-775-7430

Initial Application Fees $120
AUD $208.40
BEC $208.40
FAR $208.40
REG $208.40
Total $953.60

     *$60 re-examination application fee