How to Become a CPA in New Jersey

In order to become a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey, candidates must meet the following general requirements.

  1. Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent
  2. Be at least 18 years old and have good moral character
  3. Pass the Certified Public Accountant Examination

Education and Experience Requirements

Education requirements depend on the date that the candidate completed his or her education. Candidates who completed their education before July1, 2000 must have a baccalaureate degree with 60 semester hours in general classes and 60 semester hours in accounting and business classes.

Candidates who completed their education after July 1, 2000 must have 150 semester hours with 24 semester hours in accounting and 36 semester hours in other business courses. These hours may be earned at universities, colleges and business schools that are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs(ACBCSB). These hours are required for licensure, but the CPA Exam may be taken before earning the 150 hours.

Detailed education requirements may be found at Education Requirements

The education requirements were updated in 2011. The update may be found at 2011 Update for CPA Exam.

New Jersey charges an application fee and an examination fee. Candidates must pay a registration and examination fee each time he or she sits for the examination.

CPA Exam

The CPA Exam is divided into four sections that may be taken in any order. All four sections must be passed in a rolling 18 month period.

Auditing and Attestation
Business Environment and concepts
Financial Accounting and Reporting

Candidates do not need to retake sections that they have passed unless they have not passed all four sections within the required time.

There is no residency requirement for CPAs in New Jersey

Free CPA Practice Exams

Practice CPA Exams are published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The online version is found at AICPA Practice Exams

There are many other online sources that provide practice exams and other resources for CPA candidates. In addition, there are various schools that offer CPA Review Courses.

You may get additional information at:

New Jersey State Board of Accountancy
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
PO Box 45000
Newark, NJ 07101

Additional information may be found at New Jersey Board of Accountancy