North Carolina CPA Requirements


Education Requirements Other Requirements
Hours Required for Exam:
Bachelor's degree with at least 30 semester hours of acounting courses from a regionally accredited collge or university.
Residency Requirements: U.S. citizen, intention of becoming a citizen or legal resident.

Hours Required for Licensure:
Bachelor's degree with a concentration in accounting.
Minimum Age: 18

Degree Required:
Application Fee:
$230.00 for fitst-time applicants, $75 for retake applicants

Additional Requirements:         30 semester hours of accounting classes.

Additional Note: Candidates for licensure must meet work experience requirements and pass a course on the North Carolina Accountantcy Statutes and Rules, including the rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct.

North Carolina CPA Exam Requirements

The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available to accountants. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional, and ethical standards. In addition, candidates must pass the rigorous CPA exam in order to earn the distinction of this credential.

Before candidates can sit for the exam, they must satisfy their state’s requirements and qualifications. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA exam, which should not be confused with licensing requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina Eligibility Requirements

North Carolina does not have specific state residency requirements, but an applicant must be a citizen of the United States, declare the intention of becoming a citizen, or be a resident alien. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be of good moral character. In addition, applicants must also have a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regionally accredited associations in any subject that includes, or is supplemented by, 30 semester hours in accounting.

First-Time and Retake Applicants

North Carolina has separate application forms and fees for first-time applicants and retake applicants, which are available online. All applicants are considered first-time applicants unless they have applied for and taken at least one section of the exam.  Administration fees are required regardless of how many exam sections applicants are taking. The administration fee for first-time applicants is $230 and $75 for retake applicants. All fees are payable to the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners.

Application Process and Required Forms, Fees, and Transcripts

First-time applicants must submit the follwing to the State Board of CPA Examiners:

          • A completed application form
          • Official transcripts
          • Two identical copies of passport-style photos of the applicant only
          • Moral character references
          • Proof of resident status or notarized affidavit of intention to become a US citizen (for non-U.S. citizens)
          • $230.00 administration fee

            Application Deadlines

            Once applicants determine that they meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, an initial application for the uniform CPA Examination should be submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners

            Scheduling the Exam

            Once the Board verifies a first-time applicant’s educational eligibility, it will then authorize NASBA to issue a Notice to Schedule (NTS). This process will take about 15 business days. Retake applications are processed by the Board and an NTS issued by NASBA in about 10 business days. The Notice to Schedule is valid for six (6) months from the date of issue, so a candidate will have a set period of time to schedule and take the Exam section(s).

            After applying to the Board and receiving a Notice to Schedule, applicants can contact the Prometric testing center to schedule a testing appointment. All scheduling, rescheduling, or cancellation of testing appointments is done through Prometric.

            Candidates may schedule and take each section of the CPA Exam only once during a testing window. Testing windows are as follows:

            • January 1 through February 29
            • April 1 through May 31
            • July 1 through August 31
            • October 1 through November 30

            Before Scheduing your exam(s), prepare with:

CPA Exam Fees

Applicants can take one or more sections of the exam at a time and must pay the following fees to State Board of CPA Examiners at the time of application. Exam fees are in addition to the administration fee.

          • Auditing and Attestation (AUD): $192.03
          • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC): $172.51
          • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR): $192.03
          • Regulation (REG): $172.51

Receiving Scores

After the examination, candidate responses are forwarded to the AICPA for scoring, which then forwards them to NASBA for processing. Candidates can retrieve scores online from NASBA; online scores are updated as they are received. 

Preparing for the Exam

Currently the cumulative pass rate of any given exam is about 50% which is a great indicator of the exam’s difficulty. This is where Bisk CPA Review can help. We’ve been preparing accounting professionals to pass the exam since 1971 and have successfully helped over 150,000 candidates pass. Plus, just about every accountant that has become a CPA utilized a review program. 

If you are still unclear about the North Carolina CPA Exam, their education requirements, or the process as a whole, let us help. We can answer your questions and alleviate you concerns. After all, we've been helping exam candidates just like you since 1971. Since then, we've successfully helped more than 150,000 pass! Be sure and ask about our Money-Back Guarantee and Pass Guarantee.

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