Hawaii CPA Requirements


CPA Exam Requirements


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Passing the CPA Exam in Hawaii

Hawaii (HI) CPA Exam Requirements state that you must be declared eligible for the examination and then licensed by the state. An individual becomes eligible for the CPA exam by meeting specific requirements that are determined by the board of accountancy for their specific jurisdiction. Below are the Hawaii CPA Exam requirements:

Education Requirements:

  • Minimum Degree Required: Baccalaureate
  • To be granted certification, minimum of 30 semester hours in accounting subjects above the elementary level and 24 hours in general business subjects
  • 20 semester hours above introductory level
  • If you have a degree with a major in a subject other than accounting, you must have 18 semester hours of upper division accounting among other requirements.

Work Experience:

Gain the necessary work experience and CPE. To become a licensed CPA, you must have one year of full time experience in public accounting or two years of full time work experience in the accounting industry, business, government, or college teaching (must be courses in accounting) or any combination of the above. For work experience in these respective areas to qualify for licensure it must have met the following criteria:

CPA Exam Application Process:

  1. Review the exam requirements
  2. Submit the exam application + enroll in Surgent CPA Review
  3. Request and forward transcripts. Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not anticipate there being any problems with your application, this is a great time to start studying with Surgent CPA Review.
  4. Pay the exam fees. After receiving the required information, CPA Examination Services will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.
  5. Schedule your exam. Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence, so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable.

Where to Take CPA Exam:

Exam location is scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at www.prometric.com/cpa.

When to Take CPA Exam

Testing windows include January, February, April, May, July, August, October, and November. Testing is not available during blackout months: March, June, September, and December.