New Hampshire CPA requirements

Ready to start your journey to CPA licensure? The first thing you’ll want to do is to check the New Hampshire CPA requirements, as the state will ultimately license you. This page serves as a resource for New Hampshire's CPA requirements and is current as of February 2021. Always consult with your state or jurisdiction's board of accountancy for the most current information.

New Hampshire CPA requirements

Getting a CPA in each state mandates different requirements for taking the CPA Exam and becoming a licensed CPA. In order to be eligible to become a New Hampshire CPA, the state requires candidates to meet certain education and experience requirements. After obtaining licensure, the state also requires continuing professional education (CPE) courses for license renewals.

New Hampshire CPA requirements - Education

Before taking the CPA Exam in New Hampshire, you must meet a set of education requirements. First, you need to have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. You must also earn 150 semester hours, or 225 quarter hours, in courses including:

30 semester hours in accounting subjects covering:

  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • 24 semester hours in business-related subjects

New Hampshire CPA requirements - Experience

New Hampshire CPA candidates must have a minimum of one year experience.

Experience gained in the areas of public accounting, industry and/or government are considered acceptable. For full-time experience, each year must be at least 1,500 hours in accounting and/or audit skills. For non full-time experience, each year must be 2,080 hours with 1,500 hours in accounting and or audit skills.

CPA license renewals and CPE

New Hampshire CPA licenses renew in 3-year periods, from July 1 to June 30.

All New Hampshire CPAs must complete 120 hours of CPE every three years, including four hours of ethics.The requirement is prorated if the licensee has been certified for less than three years or has received permission from the board to enter inactive status.

Up to 60 hours of CPE in excess of the required 120 hours may be carried over to the next succeeding triennial period only.

In addition to the three-year requirement, all CPAs must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPE by June 30 each year.

Licensees seeking renewal of a license or registration issued less than three years but more than two years prior to the renewal shall show completion of at least 80 hours of CPE. Licensees seeking renewal of a license or registration issued less than two years but more than one year prior to the renewal shall show completion of at least 40 hours of CPE.

Other requirements

All CPA candidates in New Hampshire must provide at least three character references.


Education, degree, fees, experience



Character references, fees, CPE

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