State CPA CPE Licensing Requirements

Pennsylvania CPA CPE

Please note: The CPE Information provided in this section relates to CPAs only.
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Accepted: MasterCPE is registered with NASBA, and the Pennsylvania State Board accepts CPE courses from NASBA approved sponsors. Our NASBA ID#112530 is printed on the certificate, and will be accepted by the State Board.
Renewal Date: December 31 on odd numbered years
Reporting Period: 1/1 to 12/31 biennially ending on odd numbered years
Required Hours: 80 hours every 2 years, with a minimum of 20 hours per year
Ethics Required: 4 hours every 2 years.
Subject Rqmts: A minimum of 16 hours in Accounting & Auditing and 8 hours in Taxation
Credit Limits:
  • The maximum credit for self-study is 50% of total biennial requirement.
  • No repetitions for instructor credits unless the material has substantially changed.
  • Entry level accounting courses do not count for instructors.
  • Credit for published books/articles is limited to 25% of the total requirement based on self-declaration. Maximum credit upon request to the Board may not exceed 50% of the total requirement. Beginning January 1, 2012, a licensee will not be able to obtain CPE credit for authorship of an article, book or other writing.
  • Credit for committee meetings will only be granted if the meeting is structured as a continuing education program.
  • Academic Courses. Credit courses: Each semester credit hour earned equals 15 credit hours of CPE; Each quarter credit hour earned equals 10 credit hours of CPE. Non-credit courses: One credit hour of CPE will be given for each 50 minutes of in-class participation.
  • Whole hour credits only are allowed. However, after one full credit, additional time can be granted in half hour credits for the same course.
Other Policies: The State Board accepts courses from NASBA members.
Contact Info: Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
2601 North Third St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-783-1404
Fax: 717-705-5540
Web address:

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