New Hampshire CPA Requirements

A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy.

To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

New Hampshire CPA licensure Requirements – Overview
Educational Hours Required for Licensure150 Semester Hours
Residency RequiredU.S. citizen or legal resident
Degree RequiredBachelor’s or Master’s
Minimum AgeNot required
Application Fee$150.00
Additional RequirementsNew Hampshire Board of Accountancy Site

Educational Hours Required for licensure

The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. 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 New Hampshire CPA requirements and qualifications. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA licensure, which should not be confused with CPA exam requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of New Hampshire.

  • At least a baccalaureate degree which includes 120 semester hours of education.
  • Total of 150 semester hours of education.
  • Thirty (30) semester hours in accounting subjects to include coverage in financial accounting, management accounting auditing and taxation.
  • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in business subjects.

Minimum age required

Minimum age not required. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or legally present in the United States.

Professional Ethics

Candidates who have successfully passed the examination will be required to complete the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s continuing professional educational course “Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course On-Demand (For Licensure).”

Fees

$150 for the individual application and $60 for firm annual permit.

Work Experience

The candidate will have

  • A minimum of one year experience.
  • Experience gained in the areas of public accounting, industry and/or government are considered acceptable experience.
  • Full time experience – each year must be at least 1,500 hours in accounting and/or audit skills.
  • Non full-time experience – each year must be 2,080 hours with 1,500 hours in accounting and/or audit skills. Only experience gained within six years immediately preceding the date application is received is acceptable for two year requirement and five years for one year requirement.

A firm license process

Each firm and office thereof established or maintained for the practice of public accountancy in this State shall register with the Board within 30 days after it is opened, and annually thereafter, on a form prescribed by the Board.

Each office shall be under the direct supervision of a resident manager who must be registered with this Board and the holder of a valid annual permit.

New Hampshire CPA firm Registration

Additional Information

While we do our best to keep all of this information up to date you are welcome to visit and or contact that New Hampshire Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

New Hampshire State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: NASBA Licensing Services
PO Box 198589
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (866) 350-0017
Email: licensing@nasba.org
Web: www.oplc.nh.gov
CPA Certification form: New Hampshire CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: New Hampshire Annual Registration Form

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