South Carolina CPA Requirements

South Carolina CPA Requirements

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South Carolina CPA Requirements

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Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: 24 semester hours of upper division accounting including financial accounting, managerial accounting, US taxation, and auditing

24 semester hours of business courses, which may include economics, finance, business law, management, computer science, marketing, and accounting hours not already used to fulfill above requirement.

Residency Requirements

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 hours (including Bachelor's Degree) with a minimum of 36 semester hours of business and 36 semester hours of accounting (no more than 12 hours below 300 level and at least 24 hours at the upper level 300+) including upper division audit, financial/intermediate accounting, cost/managerial accounting, and US Tax

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: 1 year public accounting experience supervised and verified by an actively licensed US CPA. Experience other than public accounting may count only in proportion to duties contributing to competence in public accounting. 5 years experience teaching accounting in a college or university recognized by the South Carolina State Board. Part-time can be included (1 yr = 2,000 hrs). Non-accounting can be considered but at the discretion of the board

Ethics Exam: Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

South Carolina state board
PO Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329

Email: williamstf@llr.sc.gov, cpaes-sc@nasba.org
Phone: 803-896-4770
Fax: 803-896-4554

Initial Application Fees $135
AUD $208.40
BEC $208.40
FAR $208.40
REG $208.40
Total $968.60

     *Re-examination application fee varies