North Dakota 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.

North Dakota 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$120.00
Additional RequirementsNorth Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

At least 150 semester hours of college education including a baccalaureate or higher degree or its equivalent conferred by a college or university acceptable to the board

  • 24 semester credits or equivalent of accounting courses, plus
  • 24 credits of other business courses. Principles of accounting or equivalent courses do not count toward the required accounting or business courses.
  • Up to 3 credits of economics credits may be included in the other business courses.
  • The uniform CPA Exam required to be passed as a condition for the granting of a certificate. A grade of seventy-five percent is required in each subject to constitute a passing grade.
  • Applicants must provide proof of Completion of Professional Ethics: AICPA’s Comprehensive Course.

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).”


$120 for the individual application and $85 for License Renewal. The firm permit fee is $10.

Work Experience

The applicant has had at least two thousand hours gained within four or fewer calendar years, and must be verified to the satisfaction of the Board.

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.

North Dakota 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 North Dakota Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

North Dakota State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: 215 N 3rd Street, STE 202
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: (800) 532-5904
Fax: (701) 775-7430
CPA Certification form: North Dakota CPA Certification Form

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