South Carolina CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for South Carolina? 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 South Carolina, 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 South Carolina CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you need to have a Social Security Number or a Lawful Permanent Resident Number (Green Card) assigned to you prior to submitting an application?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in SC 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 South Carolina


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South Carolina State Requirements & Education Options

As a first-time applicant, you must:

  • Have a Social Security Number or have a Lawful Permanent Resident Number (Green Card) assigned to you prior to submitting an application; AND
  • Meet the following:
    • Have attended a regionally accredited college or university approved by the Board;
    • Have completed a minimum of 120 semester hours credit, which must include:
      1. At least 24 semester hours of accounting in courses that are applicable to a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree and which cover:
        • Financial accounting,
        • Managerial accounting,
        • Taxation,
        • Auditing;
      2. At least 24 semester hours of business courses that are applicable to a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree and which may include:
        • Economics,
        • Finance,
        • Business law,
        • Management,
        • Computer science,
        • Statistics,
        • Ethics,
        • Marketing, and accounting hours not counted in item (1).

    Note: Licensure education requirements are different than for the examination. See the board’s website for additional information regarding the licensure education requirements.


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


Minimum Age:
18 Years Old

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $135.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $968.60

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking.

Contact Information:
South Carolina Board of Accountancy
Phone: 803-896-4770

P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329
Synergy Business Park

Kingstree Building, Licensing Suite 104
110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, S.C. 29210

CPA License Requirements in South Carolina


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Getting your CPA license in South 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 South Carolina State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.

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