North Carolina CPA CPE Requirements and Courses

North Carolina CPA CPE RequirementsTo maintain active status, all CPAs in North Carolina have to fulfill a CPA CPE requirement on a triennial basis.

Here is a summary for your reference:

North Carolina CPA CPE Requirements

In North Carolina, CPAs need 2,000 minutes of continuing education every year. Furthermore, CPAs must accumulate these credits annually by December 31.

Specific Requirements

  • Among the 40 hours (or 2,000 minutes), not more than 32 hours can be from self-study courses; put another way, at least 8 hours must be from CPA programs given in a “classroom setting”
  • At least 50 minutes of regulatory or behavioral professional ethics and conduct per year
  • A maximum of 50% of credits can come from completing a college course; no credits for auditing a college course
  • A maximum of 25% of credits can come from authoring published books and articles
  • A maximum of 50% of credits can come from teaching a college course
  • Blended learning and self-study courses must be included in NASBA’s National Registry of CPE Sponsors
  • If the CPA license is granted in the middle of the year, the CPE requirement is prorated on a quarterly basis
  • Up to 1,000 minutes can be carried forward to the following year (except for ethics hours)

Further Information

You can contact the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners for further questions. For the specific CPE information, please look up the section of CPE section (08G .0401) in the NC accountancy rule.

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