South Carolina CPA Requirements for Exam and Licensing

South Carolina CPA requirementsSouth Carolina does not require candidates to have 150 credit hours fulfilled to sit for the exam, but you do need that for licensure.

South Carolina CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam

  • Fulfill 120 credit hours from a bachelor degree program
  • Accounting courses: 24 semester hours in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, auditing
  • Business courses:
    • 24 semester hours
    • Courses may (i.e. not must) include economics, finance, business law, management, computer science, statistics, ethics, marketing, and accounting hours not counted in the above.

2. Additional South Carolina CPA Requirements to Get the CPA License


  • 150 credit hours and a 4-year bachelor degree.
  • Additional coursework:
    • Accounting: 36 credit hours (at least 24 from upper-division level);
    • Business: 36 credit hours.


  • 1 year of public accounting experienced supervised and verified by an active CPA in South Carolina.
  • Part-time work can be counted to some degree (2000 hours = 1 year).
  • Non-public accounting could also be partially accepted but at the discretion of the board.
  • Experience may be gained either before or after the examination provided all other requirements are met. Experience does not accrue prior to completing the basic 24 hours in accounting.

Ethics Qualifications

3. South Carolina CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required but either green card or social security card required (i.e. SSN required).
  • SC residency not required.
  • Minimum age: 18.

4. CPA Exam Fees IN SC

  • Education Evaluation Application Fee: $90.00
  • Exam Section Application Fee: $344.80

5. Continuing Education Requirement

CPE is needed for license holders. Click here for South Carolina CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

South Carolina Board of Accountancy
PO Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329

  • Email:,
  • Phone: 803-896-4770
  • Fax: 803-896-4554

What if the South Carolina CPA Requirements Don’t Work for Me?

You may want to check out these pages to learn about the educational and experience requirements, with my recommendation at the end of the posts:

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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!

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