How to Become a CPA in New Mexico

How to Become a CPA in New Mexico

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

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

To meet the New Mexico requirements to sit for the CPA exam, the New Mexico CPA education requirements must be attained first. For New Mexico applicants,, you must have a bachelor’s degree and earn a total of 150 semester hours. The 150 hours need to include 30 hours in accounting, and no more than three hours of the 30 hours may be in business law.

2. Apply for the CPA Exam

To apply for the CPA examination in New Mexico, you need to create an account on NASBA’s CPA Central website. Then you’ll need to complete your application form online, submit your transcripts, and pay the applicable fees.
If you are a first-time applicant, you must pay both an application fee of $180 and an examination fee of $226.15 per section at the time of application. If you are a re-examination candidate, you must pay both a registration fee of $95 and an examination fee of $226.15 per section at the time of registration.

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

3. Sign Up for the CPA Exam

Once your application has been approved, you can select the CPA exam you want to take and pay the necessary fees using NASBA’s CPA Central website. Once you receive the Notice to Schedule (NTS), you may visit Prometric to schedule your exam/s.

4. Pass the Exams

The Uniform CPA exam is composed of four different sections, and you must pass all sections with a score of 75 or higher. After passing the first section, you then must pass the remaining three sections within 18 months.

5. Ethics Exam

After passing the CPA exam, the candidate must also meet the New Mexico CPA ethics exam requirements by taking one additional test: the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam with a 90% or higher passing score.

6. Meet the Experience Requirements

To meet the New Mexico CPA experience requirements, you need one year of full-time experience in one or more of the following areas: accounting, attestations, management advisory, financial advisory, tax, information systems, or consulting skills and must be verified by a certified public accountant licensed in the US jurisdiction.

7. Apply for CPA License

Once you have met all the requirements and paid the licensure application fee, you may apply for your CPA license through the office of the New Mexico Public Accountancy Board.

8. Renew your New Mexico CPA License Every Three Years

To maintain your New Mexico CPA license, you will need to renew your license every three years by completing the required amount of continuing professional education (CPE) hours. New Mexico Board of Accountancy requires 120 CPE credits to be completed in the calendar year prior to renewal of the license, and they must include 20 CPE hours completed every year, four ethics hours completed for a full 36 month reporting cycle, and at least 96 of the 12 CPE hours must be technical hours which include: accounting, accounting – governmental, administrative practice, auditing, auditing – governmental, business law, business evaluation, computer courses, computer science, economics, ethics (behavioral and regulatory), finance, fraud examination, litigation, management advisory services, mathematics, production, specialized knowledge and application statistics, or taxes. 24 hours can be on non-technical subjects, including business management and organization, communications, employee management, firm management, marketing, personal/HR, personal development, or the social environment of business.

Estimated Cost: 905 USD

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