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North Carolina CPA CPE Requirements

NASBA CPE Sponsor ID: 109414

North Carolina's Acceptance: North Carolina accepts courses from providers that are members of NASBA's National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

What are the CPA CPE requirements for North Carolina?

2000 minutes (40 hours)

Are there any subject area requirements for North Carolina CPA CPE?

CPA Ethics: 50 minutes (1 hour) of ethics CPE

When does North Carolina CPA CPE have to be completed?

1/1 - 12/31 annually

Can CPA CPE courses be repeated?

Courses cannot be taken for credit more than once in a reporting period.

Are there any CPA CPE credit type limits?

  • Completing a College Course: Maximum 1000 minutes (20 hours)
  • Preparing or Presenting CPE Activity: Maximum 1000 minutes (20 hours)
  • Published Materials: Maximum 500 minutes (10 hours)
  • Instructing a College Course: Maximum 1000 minutes (20 hours). Credit shall not be given for instructing an undergraduate level course.

Can CPA CPE course hours carry over to the next renewal cycle?

Only 1000 minutes (20 hours) may be carried forward and treated as hours earned in the following year when a CPA has completed more than the required number of CPE hours in one calendar year. Carry-forward hours may not be used to satisfy the ethics CPE requirement.
A licensee may check his or her carry-forward CPE hours by looking up his or her own record using the “Licensee Search” function of the Board’s website.

What is the North Carolina CPA license renewal process?

All active North Carolina CPAs are required to renew their certificates annually before July 1. To renew a certificate, the licensee must submit a properly completed certificate renewal application form that shows the number of CPE hours completed in the previous calendar year and the annual renewal fee.

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What are the WebCE North Carolina CPA CPE course requirements?

  • WebCE courses are NASBA QAS self-study with non-monitored open-book final exams. Students should read through course material then complete exam.
  • Passing score: 70%
  • If the final exam is not passed on the first attempt, students have an unlimited number of retakes.

What is the access period for WebCE North Carolina CPA CPE courses?

12 months from the original date of purchase.

How often does WebCE report North Carolina CPA CPE course completions?

WebCE does not report CPE course completions to the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners.
Online PDF Certificates of completion are available to print immediately after the final exam is passed. CPAs should maintain written evidence of completion for a period of 5 years following the completion of each reporting activity.

What are the North Carolina CPA CPE requirements for non-residents?

A non-resident North Carolina CPA whose primary office is in North Carolina must complete at least 50 minutes of CPE on regulatory or behavioral professional ethics and conduct.

All other non-resident licensees may satisfy the ethics CPE requirement by completing the ethics requirement in the jurisdiction in which he or she is licensed as a CPA and works or resides. If there is not an ethics CPE requirement in the jurisdiction where the non-resident licensee works or resides, the licensee must complete at least 50 minutes of CPE on regulatory or behavioral professional ethics and conduct.

Are there any CPE exemptions?

There is no CPE requirement for inactive CPAs.

Who to contact for additional questions

North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners

NASBA Registry

This information is based on state laws and regulations and is subject to change. WebCE makes every effort to make sure this information is current and accurate, however, WebCE is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein. We urge you to check with your state's licensing department for complete and current information about its licensing rules and requirements.
Last updated on 10/4/2022