Accounting Certification Requirements in South Carolina

If you are a Limestone student pursuing the Bachelors in Business Administration Accounting, you might be planning to get your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license after you graduate.

According to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), “a CPA license is the accounting profession’s highest standard of competence.” Its holders enjoy professional recognition that can directly impact one’s ability to find a job, sustain and develop a career, and receive higher pay.

As CPA license requirements vary by state, we’ve put together the following three-point checklist offering a quick overview of the necessary requirements for obtaining a CPA license in South Carolina.

1. Complete Education

You must complete a minimum of 150 semester hours at an accredited institution. The coursework should include accounting, business and ethics. Limestone College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and its Bachelors in Accounting requires a minimum of 123 semester hours. The remaining 27 credit hours can also be completed at Limestone.

2. Take the CPA Exam

Once you have completed at least 120 semester hours, including 24 semester hours in both business and accounting, you are eligible to apply to take the Uniform CPA Exam. To register for the exam, visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy link below.

3. Gain Work Experience

The CPA licensure requirements also mandate that candidates earn at least a year of accounting experience before licensure can be granted. The experience is only valid after the completion of the 24 semester hours in accounting, which must include Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Auditing, and Tax at the junior (300) level or higher. Students or recent graduates can consult with Limestone’s Career Center to ensure that the opportunities they consider meet the South Carolina CPA licensing requirements.

For additional information and resources on obtaining the CPA license in South Carolina, check out the following links:

  • The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

South Carolina Board of Accountancy

  • The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

South Carolina

  • — A State By State Accounting Guide

5 Steps to Becoming a CPA in South Carolina