State CPA CPE Licensing Requirements


Please note: The CPE Information provided in this section relates to CPAs only.
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Accepted: Accepted. MasterCPE courses meet the Iowa requirements for interactive self-study.
Renewal Date: 6/30 biennially, L-Z renew 2011 and begin annual renewal in 2012; A-K renew 2010 and begin annual renewal in 2012.
Reporting Period: 1/1 to 12/31 triennially
Required Hours: 120 hours of continuing education in the three-year period ending on December 31st prior to renewal date.
Ethics Required: 4 hours of ethics and rules of professional conduct CPE must be completed during each three-year period ending December 31. The Ethics for Accountants course fulfills this requirement.
Subject Rqmts: 8 hours in Accounting and Auditing if supervising and/or signing compilation reports on financial statements.
Credit Limits:
  • The maximum credit for self study is 60 hours.
  • Half credits allowed after the first hour.
  • Practice review is not accepted.
  • Academic credit limited to the following: 1 quarter hour equals 10 CPE hours; 1 semester hour equals 15 CPE hours.
  • Instructors will be allowed credit for 2 hours of preparation for each hour of actual instruction. Courses must be above elementary level.
  • Credit may be allowed for the successful completion of examinations for Certified Management Accountant/CMA, Certified Information Systems Auditor/CISA, Certified Financial Planner/CFP, Enrolled Agent/EA, as well as other similar examinations approved by the board. Credit will be allowed at a rate of five times the length of each examination, which is presumed to include all preparation time, claimed in the calendar year of the examination, and limited to 50 percent of the total renewal requirement.
Other Policies:
Contact Info: Iowa Accountancy Examining Board
1920 SE Hulsizer Avenue
Ankeny, IA 50021-3961
Phone: 515-281-5910
Fax: 515-281-7411
Web address:

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