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Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all North Carolina CPA requirements. Please note that obtaining a CPA license in North Carolina may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

The data on this page was reviewed and updated with 2024 information.

CPA Exam Requirements in North Carolina


Baccalaureate degree is required
120 total semester hours to sit for the exam
30 semester hours of accounting (20 upper-level)
24 semester hours of business
Additional semester hour requirements. See full education requirements on the North Carolina Board of Accountancy website.

View Other North Carolina Education Requirements.


US citizenship is required.
North Carolina residency is not required.


Minimum 18 Years Old

Exam Fees:

Administrative Fee Initial Exam Application $230.00
Audit: $254.80
Financial: $254.80
Regulation: $254.80
Business Analysis and Reporting $254.80
Information Systems and Controls $254.80
Tax Compliance and Planning $254.80
Total: $1,249.20

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking. Fees are always subject to change.

Contact Information:

North Carolina State Board of Accountancy

Email: rbrooks@nccpaboard.gov

Phone: 919-733-4222

P.O. Box 12827
Raleigh, NC 27605-2827

CPA License Requirements in NC


150 semester hours of education required for CPA licensure.

40 hours of Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

1 year of work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is required.

Background check required.


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

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