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Pennsylvania CPE Requirements


Pennsylvania CPE Requirements


BOARD INFORMATION FOR REFERRALS:

Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
Penn Center, 2601 N Third Street
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-2649
Phone: (717) 783-1404
Fax: (717) 705-5540
Website: www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Accountancy

DO PES COURSES QUALIFY FOR CPE IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA? YES!

CPE programs can be obtained from a sponsor approved by the Board of Accountancy, NASBA or from a sponsor that is approved by the accountancy regulatory body of a state that permits the practice of public accounting under principles of substantial equivalency. PES maintains a state sponsorship registration agreement (PX177292) and Professional Education Services, LP (PES) is registered with NASBA (#103592) on the National Registry of CPE sponsors and has issued credits in the state of Pennsylvania without any problems.

LICENSE RENEWAL INFORMATION:

  • 80 hours / 2 years.
  • Minimum of 20 hours/year.
  • 24 hours of Accounting and Auditing if participating in attest activity.
  • ETHICS: 4 hours of ethics each renewal period. PES has developed a specific Pennsylvania ethics course #4920: Ethics and Professional Conduct for Pennsylvania CPAs to fulfill this requirement.

LICENSE EXPIRATION INFORMATION:

  • Registrant must register biennially on 12/31 of every odd year

CPE COMPLETION DUE BY:

  • CPE must be completed by 12/31/odd years

SELF STUDY CREDIT HOURS:

Credits granted for PES courses are based on the AICPA and NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) statement of standards which grant 1 CPE credit for every 50-minutes of study time. Pennsylvania recognizes the same credit measurement.

MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE SELF STUDY CREDITS: 40 Hours

Registrant may claim up to 40 hours for a formal self-study program in any renewal period.

ACCEPTABLE AREAS OF STUDY:

Regulations state the following areas are acceptable: accounting and attest, advisory services, management, professional skills development, specialized knowledge and applications, taxation, professional ethics. Also, CPE hours must be relevant to maintaining the professional competence of a CPA or Public Accountant.

NASBA FIELD OF STUDY SYNOPSIS: The NASBA Fields of Study can be equated to a field of study listed in the PA Board rules and regulations; therefore, all codes on PES certificates of completion can be reported for PA CPE.

If you have any questions regarding your CPE requirements, please call PES at 1-800-990-2731 or your State board. PLEASE NOTE: Since state board regulations are constantly changing, the information contained here is deemed reliable however it is not guaranteed. We encourage you to contact your state board to answer any questions and confirm or clarify any requirements listed here. Information updated 08.05.2021.