New Hampshire CPA Exam & License Requirements

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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

Education Requirements

  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.

**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

NH Exam Information and Resources

New Hampshire CPA Exam CandidatesNH CPA License FAQ
NH CPA Examination
For more details, please contact:
New Hampshire Board of Accountancy
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!