How to Become a CPA in New Hampshire

How to Become a CPA in New Hampshire

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If you’re wondering how to become a CPA in New Hampshire, we’ve organized the New Hampshire CPA exam requirements below.

1. Meet the Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam

Applicants who wish to be eligible to take the CPA must first pass the New Hampshire CPA education requirements. An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and complete 150 semester hours or 225 quarter hours in various subjects. These subjects should include 30 semester hours in accounting that includes coverage in financial accounting, management accounting auditing and taxation. Lastly, it must also include 24 semester hours in business subjects.

2. Apply for the Uniform CPA Exam

When you’ve met the education requirements, register with NASBA to apply for the CPA exam. Have all your official transcripts sent directly from your college or university to CPA Examination Services (CPAES) at CPA Examination Services – NH, PO Box 198469, Nashville, TN 37219. If your school offers official electronic transcripts, they may be emailed to etranscript@nasba.org.

3. Pay for the Uniform CPA Exam

Pay all fees at the time of application to NASBA. First-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee of $245 and an examination fee per exam of $226.15. Re-examination candidates (re-takes for failed sections) will pay a registration fee of $160 and the same examination fee of $226.15.

Click here to see a breakdown of the New Hampshire CPA exam costs.

4. Notice to Schedule (NTS)

Wait for your application to be approved and once accepted, NASBA will email or mail you the Notice to Schedule (NTS). Upon receiving the NTS, schedule your exam online through Prometric. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the examination at a time. The NTS is valid for one testing event or six months and must be presented for entry at the testing center.

5. Pass the Uniform CPA Exam

There are four sections in the exam: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG). You must pass each section with a score of 75 or higher, and after passing your first section, you must pass the remaining three exams within 18 months.

6. Gain Necessary Experience

Applicants who have successfully passed their CPA exam will need to pursue gaining the necessary New Hampshire CPA experience requirements. A minimum requirement of one year of experience attained in the areas of public accounting, industry and/or government is considered acceptable. Accounting or auditing skills for the full-time experience each year must be at least 1,500 hours. For non-full-time experience, each year must be 2,080 hours with 1,500 hours in accounting and or audit skills.

7. Apply for a CPA License

New Hampshire applicants will need to apply for their license online to receive their certificate and become a Certified Public Accountant. To apply for an individual license, visit NASBA.

While most states require ethics before licensing, New Hampshire candidates can become a CPA without it as there are no New Hampshire CPA ethics exam requirements.

8. CPA License Renewal

New Hampshire CPAs must renew their licenses every three years through the board’s website as paper applications are no longer accepted for renewals. To be able to renew, a licensee holder must fulfill the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Ethics requirement. See renewal licensing fees here.

9. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

The CPE requirement will depend on your renewal period. Typically, a CPA must complete 120 hours of CPE in the three years preceding each license renewal and must complete 20 hours of CPE every year. Record your CPEs through New Hampshire’s CPE form. To verify recognized CPE sponsors, click here.

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