NC CPA Renewal Requirements

The state of North Carolina

  • License renewal period every year.
  • 40 hours each renewal period.

Your CPE requirements

Hours Subject
38 General [click here to see what qualifies]
The seven recognized fields of study are:
  1. Accounting and Auditing
    • Accountancy
    • Accounting – Governmental
    • Auditing
    • Auditing – Governmental
  2. Consulting Services
    • Administrative Practice
    • Social Environment of Business
  3. Ethics
    • Behavioral Ethics
    • Regulatory Ethics
  4. Management
    • Business Law
    • Business Management and Organization
    • Finance
    • Management Advisory Services
    • Marketing
  5. Personal Development
    • Communications
    • Personal Development
    • Personnel/HR
  6. Special Knowledge and Applications
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Production
    • Specialized Knowledge and Applications
    • Statistics
  7. Tax
2 Ethics [click here to see what qualifies]
As part of the annual CPE requirement, all active CPAs shall complete CPE on professional ethics and conduct. They shall complete either two hours in a group study format or in a self-study format of a course on regulatory or behavioral professional ethics and conduct.
# Total

Please note

  • Active CPAs must complete 40 CPE hours by December 31 of each year. All active CPAs shall file with the Board a completed CPE reporting form due by June 30.
  • The requirement that CPAs take at least eight hours of non-self-study CPE each year was repealed effective February 1, 2012.
  • A contact hour shall be 50 minutes of instruction. One-half credits shall be equal to 25 minutes after the first credit hour has been earned in a formal learning activity.
  • The North Carolina Board registers organizations that sponsor CPE courses but does not approve individual courses. Click here for the list of registered sponsors.


North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners

PO Box 12827
Raleigh, NC 27605-2827

Phone: (919) 733-4222
Fax: (919) 733-4209

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