Video: About the Board

Statement of Organization

Established by Chapter 93-12 of the North Carolina General Statutes, the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners (the Board) is an independent, self-funded occupational licensing board that grants certificates of qualification as certified public accountants (CPAs) to those individuals who meet the statutory requirements. The Board also adopts and enforces the Rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct to be observed by CPAs in this State.

Other functions of the Board include registration of CPA firms; renewal of CPA certificates and CPA firm registrations; administration of the Uniform CPA Examination; administration of the continuing professional education (CPE) compliance program, administration of the Peer Review compliance program; disposition of administrative hearings with respect to State statutes and rules; and administration of other provisions of NCGS 93.

The Board’s staff includes an Executive Director, a Deputy Director, a Staff Attorney, 10 full-time staff members, and one part-time staff member. The office has five sections:

  • Administrative Services;
  • Communications;
  • Examinations;
  • Licensing; and
  • Professional Standards (Enforcement).

The Administrative Services Section is responsible for the internal operation of the office for functions such as accounting and purchasing and serves as the primary point of contact for the public. The Communications Section is responsible for designing, writing, and editing Board publications such as the Activity Review and press releases, as well as maintaining the Board’s website and managing its social media presence. The Examinations Section is responsible for processing all applications for the Uniform CPA Examination, Examination score notices, and successful Examination candidate notifications. The Licensing Section is responsible for processing applications for CPA certificates and CPA firm registrations, as well as the annual renewal of each. In addition, the Licensing Section is responsible for administering the CPE and peer review compliance programs. The Professional Standards (Enforcement) Section is responsible for all inquiries, complaints, and administrative hearings pertaining to the rules of professional ethics and conduct of CPAs. The Professional Standards Section is also responsible for investigating the unauthorized use of the CPA title. The Executive Staff is responsible for the overall management of the Board staff and the management of the Board’s activities as directed by the Board members.

Contact Us

The Board office is located at 1101 Oberlin Road, Suite 104, Raleigh, NC 27605-1169. The mailing address is PO Box 12827, Raleigh , NC 27605-2827. The Board’s main phone number is (919) 733-4222. The main fax number is (919) 733-4209.

Board Members

The Board is composed of five (5) persons who are holders of valid and unrevoked CPA certificates issued under the provisions of NCGS 93 and two (2) persons who are not CPAs who represent the public at large. All Board members are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. Current Board members are as follows:

Name City Term
Barton W. Baldwin, CPA Mount Olive 07/22/2019 – 06/30/22
Bernita W. Demery, CPA Harrisburg 07/22/2019 – 06/30/2022
Gary R. Massey, CPA
Raleigh 08/20/2018 – 06/30/2021
Michael S. Massey, CPA 
Vice President
Morrisville 08/20/2018 – 06/30/2021
Wanda B. Taylor, Esq. Raleigh 03/19/2019- 06/30/2021
Jennifer K. Van Zant, Esq. Greensboro 08/19/2019 – 06/30/2022
Arthur M. Winstead, Jr., CPA
Greensboro 07/24/2017 – 06/30/2020

Pursuant to NCGS 93B-10, Expiration of Term of Appointment of Board Member, a board member serving on an occupational and professional licensing board whose term of appointment has expired shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualified.

Board Meetings, Agendas, & Public Session Minutes

Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public, but in accordance with State law, some portions of the meetings may be closed to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the Board office in Raleigh. To request that an item be placed on the agenda for an upcoming meeting, please contact the Board’s Executive Director at least 10 business days prior to the date of the meeting. Minutes of the Public Session of each meeting are posted after they have been approved by the full Board and signed by the Board President. If you have questions regarding the content of Public Session minutes, please contact the Board’s Executive Director.

Calendar of Meetings

2019 Meetings
Date, time, and location of each meeting is subject to change.
Date Location Time Agenda
Jan. 28 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
Public Hearing
Feb. 18 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
Rule-Making Hearing
Mar. 19 Raleigh 1 pm Public Session
Apr. 22 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
May 23 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
Rule-Making Hearing
June 21 Winston-Salem 10 am Public Session
July 22 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
Aug. 19 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
Sept. 23 Raleigh 10 am Public Session
Rule-Making Hearing (CPE Rules)
Oct. 24 Raleigh 10 am
Nov. 25 Raleigh 10 am
Dec. 16 Raleigh 10 am

Annual Financial Audit Report

NCGS 93B-4 requires each North Carolina licensing board with a budget of at least $50,000 to conduct an annual financial audit of its operations and to provide a copy to the State Auditor. If you have questions about the Board’s 2018-2019 audit report, please contact the Board’s Deputy Director.

Occupational Licensing Board Report

NCGS 93B-2 requires each North Carolina occupational licensing board to file an annual report with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee. If you have questions about the Board’s 2018-2019 Annual Occupational Licensing Board report, please contact the Board’s Executive Director.

Annual Budget

Pursuant to NCGS 93-12(14), “all fees and other moneys received by the Board pursuant to the provisions of the General Statutes shall be kept in a separate fund by the treasurer of the Board, to be held and expended only for such purposes as are proper and necessary to the discharge of the duties of the Board and to enforce the provisions of this Chapter. No expense incurred by the Board shall be charged against the State.”  In other words, the Board  is a non-appropriated, self-funded independent State agency that receives no State budget funds and is funded primarily through application, license, registration, and renewal fees. The Board’s annual budget outlines both the income and expenditures that are expected to be received and paid during the Board’s fiscal year (April 1 through March 31). If you have questions about the Board’s budget, please contact the Board’s Deputy Director.