North Carolina CPA Requirements

North Carolina CPA Requirements

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North Carolina CPA Requirements

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Education 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

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 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)

North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners
State Education Department, Division of Professional Licensing Services
1101 Oberlin Road, Suite 104
PO Box 12827
Raleigh, NC 27605-2827

Email: phyllise@nccpaboard.gov
Phone: 919-733-4224
Fax: 919-733-4209

Initial Application Fees $230
AUD $208.40
BEC $208.40
FAR $208.40
REG $208.40
Total $1,063.60

     *$75 re-examination application fee