New Jersey CPA Exam & License Requirements

  •  Updated:Sep. 23, 2019
  • Bryce Welker, CPA
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New Jersey CPA Exam & License Requirements

New Jersey CPA candidates are allowed to sit for the exam with 120 credit hours, however,  you will have to accumulate 150 credit hours to earn your CPA license. International candidates should note that a social security number is required for a New Jersey CPA license.

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

  1. Minimum age: 18
  2. Social Security Number Required
  3. State Residency NOT Required

Education Requirements

Candidates should fulfill at least 120 credit hours including:

  1. 60 semester hours selected from courses in English, history, foreign languages, mathematics, general psychology, philosophy, biological sciences, physical sciences, economics, sociology, religion, government, political science, geography, fine arts and music; and
  2.  Minimum of 60 semester hours in professional courses including:
  • Accounting including municipal and government accounting: 24 hours
  • Business law: 6 hours
  • Finance: 6 hours
  • Economics: 6 hours
  • Related business subjects: 18 hours
  • Note: you will still need to complete what is required below (i.e. 150 credit hours ) to obtain the license.

NJ CPA License Requirements

Education

150 credit hours plus ONE of the following:

1. Graduate degree in accounting from schools accredited by AACSB or ACBSP
  • Automatically qualified
2. Graduate degree in business from schools accredited by AACSB or ACBSP:
  • 24 hours (undergrad level) or 15 hours (graduate level) of accounting
  • An equivalent combination of undergrad/grad coursework can be done based upon a 3:2 ratio
  • Should include financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting
3. Undergrad degree in accounting or business from schools accredited by AACSB or ACBSP:
  • 24 hours in accounting courses including financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting
  • 24 hours in business courses
4. Undergrad degree in general:
  • 30 hours in accounting courses including financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting
  • 24 hours in business courses
Work Experience
  • 1 year of public accounting experience (equivalent to 1,750 hours within 2 years) supervised and verified by a licensed CPA in New Jersey
Ethics Exam

New Jersey CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in New Jersey is $743 plus the initial $225 application fee.  The re-examination application fees vary depending on the number of sections you are retaking.

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: $225

**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 Jersey 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. Pass the NJ Ethics exam
  4. Fill out and submit all required CPA license application paperwork
  5. Pay the CPA license application fee

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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!

12 Comments
  • Rezan Kurteva
    Posted at 24 February, 2017 01:26 AM Reply

    I just obtained my BSBA in Accounting, is that enough to take the exam?

    • BWelk
      Posted at 21 March, 2017 18:24 PM Reply

      While this can vary by state, you generally need 1-2 years of accounting experience with a CPA and 150 education hours from an accredited college or university. This section should help answer your question:

    • Natalie
      Posted at 12 July, 2016 00:27 AM Reply

      For NJ experience, if I work as an accountant for a public company and my supervisor is a CPA that can count as the experience requirement or does the company have to be a public accounting firm in order for the experience to qualify? I suppose if my supervisor was not a licensed CPA than I wouldn't be able to use that as my experience?Thanks!

      • Lindsey Young
        Posted at 20 June, 2015 14:40 PM Reply

        I recently graduated with my undergrad degree in accounting and I am interning at a big four. Originally, my plan to obtain the additional credits for the CPA exam was to get a Masters of Accounting. I am considering going to a community college instead getting my Masters to focus more on the CPA exam instead of getting an additional degree. My mom works at a community college, so I would get free tuition. I have completed all the necessary courses to sit for the exam, except that I did not take a course in governmental. I wanted to know if a course in governmental accounting is required in NJ or if it is suggested to take before sitting for the exam.

        • Nat
          Posted at 19 May, 2015 16:22 PM Reply

          Hi, I haven't really looked entirely into taking the CPA exam yet, but the work experience requirements mentioned above, does that mean I would have to have one year experience in public accounting before I can be eligible to sit for the exam? Or can I get my experience after I pass the exam parts?

          • BWelk
            Posted at 19 May, 2015 21:29 PM Reply

            Hi,You can get your experience after you pass all of the CPA exam sections. This is only required to get your CPA license, not to sit for the exam.Cheers,Bryce

          • rav
            Posted at 4 May, 2014 01:11 AM Reply

            Can you work for an accounting practice that is owned by a family member, like a parent

            • BWelk
              Posted at 7 May, 2014 15:29 PM Reply

              Hi Rav,It depends, is your family member an actively licensed CPA?

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