New Hampshire CPA Exam & License Requirements

New Hampshire CPA Exam & License Requirements

Updated:January 20, 2019
Bryce Welker, CPA

New Hampshire only requires 120 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam as well as obtain a CPA license.  After July 1, 2014, you’ll have to earn 150 credit hours to get the CPA license so take advantage of these very lenient rules and jump on it while you can!

To be eligible to sit for the CPA exam students must first fulfill these qualifications and requirements:

  1. Minimum age: None
  2. U.S. Residency NOT Required
  3. State Residency NOT Required
  4. Social Security Number (SSN) NOT Required
  1. Bachelor degree or above
  2. 120 semester units from an accredited university
  3. Accounting Courses: 12 semester units
  4. Business Courses: 12 semester units

NH CPA License Requirements


*Please Note: After July 1, 2014, you will need the full 150 credit hours to get a CPA license, including:

  • 30 credit hours of accounting
  • 24 credit hours of business
Work Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 2 years of public or non-public accounting experience
  • Master’s Degree in business, accounting, finance or taxation: 1 year of public or non-public accounting experience
  • Experience must be supervised and verified by a an active CPA or equivalent such as CPA in Australia, or CA in Australia, Canada, Ireland or Mexico.
  • Experience must be gained within six years immediately preceding the date the application is received for the 2 year requirement and five years for the 1 year requirement
Ethics Exam
  • No requirement

New Hampshire CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in New Hampshire is $743 plus the initial $220 application fee.  The re-examination registration fee varies depending on the number of sections you are signing up for.

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)$195.35
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)$176.25
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)$195.35
Regulation (REG)$176.25
Application Fee:$220

**Important Note: You should not apply and pay for exam sections that will not be taken within six months because your Notice to Schedule (NTS) in New Hampshire expires 6 months after issuance.

Additional CPA Requirements

  1. Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75% or higher
  2. Complete verified accounting work experience
  3. Fill out and submit all required CPA license application paperwork
  4. Pay the CPA license application fee

78 Regional Dr. Bdg 2
Concord, NH 03301

Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Phone: 603-271-3286
Fax: 603-271-8702

What’s Next?

Now that you have started the CPA exam application process, your next step is to find a CPA review course that fits your budget, learning style and schedule.

It can take several weeks for your application to be processed so don’t waste that valuable time waiting to hear back from your state board.  If you start studying now you will get a nice jump start on the material and will be better prepared to pass your first CPA exam!

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  • Olu
    Posted at 6 May, 2016 00:02 AM Reply

    Hi! I'm a college student with 120 hours but graduating in 2017. I plan to start taking the exams this year. Which states do you think will accept?

    • saleh
      Posted at 10 July, 2015 18:02 PM Reply

      Hi I had only passed FAR and iam attending to take some cpe points also iam registered in NH state would they accept these points as cpe while I didnt pass all the sections! ?Also I have 120 accredited hours now if I get enrolled to the cpe program would it increase my accredited hours? Thanks alot

      • Ria Mohamed
        Posted at 7 September, 2014 22:31 PM Reply

        I passed the 4 sections. But I have 120 credit hours and I cannot obtain the license with out fulfilling the 150 credit hour requirement. How can i get the extra 30 hours without going for Masters degree?

        • BWelk
          Posted at 8 September, 2014 05:41 AM Reply

          By enrolling in a college or university and taking the required classes.

        • RonnDavis
          Posted at 28 May, 2014 20:23 PM Reply

          I signed up and started taking the exams a few years ago but had to stop. How do i resume and what would be necessary?

          • BWelk
            Posted at 29 May, 2014 09:32 AM Reply

            You will need to retake and pass all four sections of the exam within an 18 month window. Do you meet all of the education requirements to sit for the exam still?

            • RonnDavis
              Posted at 29 May, 2014 14:26 PM Reply

              Yes i believe i do. But how do i resume? I am unsure what has changed and just kind of lost as to if i need to pay a new application fee etc to get back into the system to apply for exams.

              • BWelk
                Posted at 30 May, 2014 08:10 AM Reply

                You will need to pay your exam fees and get your notice to schedule (NTS) so you can schedule an exam date at the test center. See this article for details about your next steps,

          • Ritu Jain
            Posted at 24 December, 2013 06:19 AM Reply

            HiI have passed all 4 sections of CPA exams. I am working in a private industry but I don't have CPA supervisor. In such case, who can verify my experience?

            • Bryce
              Posted at 25 December, 2013 00:09 AM Reply

              Is there nobody in your entire company that has an active CPA license? If not, you may need to find a new job with a company that does.

            • Margarita Rodriguez
              Posted at 9 December, 2013 23:29 PM Reply

              Hi I have a question, I live in NC and practice private accounting for 10 years. I have 120 credit hours from Stetson University in Florida. I want to sit for the exam and get the CPA license without having to obtain 30 more credit hours. Can you give me a list of states that still allow this? My plan is to take the exam in 2014 and transfer the license to North Carolina.Thanks.Margarita [email protected]

              • Bryce
                Posted at 11 December, 2013 11:50 AM Reply

                A lot of the states are switching over to the 150 credit hour requirement on January 1st. I have not researched the new state requirements for 2014 so could not tell you at this time.Cheers,Bryce

              • Fhollis
                Posted at 25 August, 2013 17:26 PM Reply

                Hello,I have a quick question that I hope you can help me with. I have successfully passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam and would like to get licensed.I have 2 problems and am a bit confused on how the 2014 changes will impact me:1 - I do not have any public accounting experience (I plan on getting that this year and next)2 - I have less than 30 credits of accounting (although plenty in business)Is there such a thing as being "grandfathered in" the existing rules since I passed the tests this year? Will I need to get 1 or 2 years of experience? Will I need 30 accounting hours?Thank you so much for any help.

                • Bryce
                  Posted at 31 August, 2013 04:08 AM Reply

                  Hi,I am not sure what the Grandfathering rules are as these are up to the individual states to decide. I would contact your State Accountancy Board and see how this affects your specific situation.Cheers,Bryce