North Carolina CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in North Carolina

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Getting your North Carolina CPA

CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units)

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate

Additional Requirements: 30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of upper division accounting with no more than 6 hours of accounting principles and 3 hours of business law. At least 20 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of graduate accounting courses that are open exclusively to graduate students

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required

Minimum Age: 18

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state