|North Carolina CPA Exam Requirements|
|Educational Hours Required for Exam||120 Semester Hours|
|Educational Hours Required for Licensure||150 Hours|
|Additional Requirements||30 semester hours in accounting. Candidates are allowed to count one Business Law class (3 credits) towards this 30-credit requirement.|
|Additional Note||Candidates can get approved to take the CPA exam prior to receiving their bachelor’s degree, if the concentration in accounting is already complete or expected to be completed by the end of the school term.|
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 requirementsand
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. Unlike many other states,
North Carolina CPA exam requirements do not include criteria for a candidate’s state residency. A candidate must be a resident of the United States. Non-U.S. citizens must submit proof of resident status or notarized affidavit of intention to become a
U.S. citizen. Candidates must be 18 years old to sit for the exam. They must also submit references of moral character, and they must have a Social Security number. Candidates can get approved to take the CPA exam prior to receiving their bachelor’s
degree, if their concentration in accounting is already complete or is reasonably expected to be completed by the end of the school term within which the examination falls; and they expect to receive their bachelor’s degree within 120 days after the application
is received by the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners. Prospective CPA exam candidates must provide transcripts showing that they have earned 120 semester hours of education from an accredited institution in any subject that includes, or is
supplemented by, 30 semester hours in accounting. Candidates are allowed to count one Business Law class (3 credits) towards this 30-credit requirement. Please note that these requirements can change at any time, so it is best to contact your state
board of accountancy prior to applying for the exam or paying any fees. North Carolina requires 150 credit hours to earn a CPA license. The state also requires candidates for licensure to have one year of supervised work experience gained in employment
in a public or private accounting firm, or four years of experience in accounting, self-employed or teaching at an educational institution, or a combination. Candidates for licensure are required to complete an 8-hour course on the North Carolina Accountancy
Statutes and Rules, including the Rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct.
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. 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.
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:
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.
Upon completing each section of the exam, candidates can obtain their scores online once NASBA has released the information. They can also elect to have exam scores mailed to them.
See When are CPA Exam Scores Released for more CPA Exam Results information.
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