Hawaii CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Hawaii? Each state or region in the United States has a different set of requirements in order to sit for the test. If you are considering Hawaii, you should first understand if you meet all of the necessary qualifications including education, residency, and age requirements. Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all Hawaii CPA requirements.

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in HI may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in November 2017.

CPA Exam Requirements in Hawaii


  • Baccalaureate’s degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • If you have a degree with a major in a subject other than accounting, you must have 18 semester hours of upper division accounting among other requirements.

View Other Hawaii Education Requirements.

Hawaii State Requirements & Education Options

As a first-time applicant, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age, and
  2. Meet the minimum educational requirement at the time of application OR expect to meet it within 120 days from the date that the Notice to Schedule is printed, which is:
    • A baccalaureate degree in accounting conferred by a college or university acceptable to the Board; or
    • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a subject other than accounting, plus 18 semester hours of upper division or graduate level accounting or auditing subjects , conferred by a college or university acceptable to the Board; or
    • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in accounting, conferred by a college or university outside of the U.S., which has been reported on an educational course-by-course equivalency report prepared by an evaluate approved by the Board.

You may submit a letter of acceptance from an accredited U.S. college or university to its advanced degree program as evidence of a degree. NOTE: You are required to meet the 150 semester hour educational requirement to obtain a CPA License in the State of Hawaii


US citizenship is not required.
Hawaii residency is not required.


Minimum age:
18 Years Old

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $170.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $1,003.60

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Contact Information:
Hawaii State Board of Public Accountancy
Email: accountancy@dcca.hawaii.gov
Phone: 808-586-2696

Att: Acct
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801-3469

CPA License Requirements in Hawaii


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Getting your CPA license in Hawaii can mean that additional requirements must be met. Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the Hawaii State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.

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