State CPE Requirements

State Board Website:

Pennsylvania State Board Website

License Renewal Deadline:

December 31 on odd numbered years

CPE Reporting Period:

1/1 to 12/31 biennially ending on odd numbered years

Total CPE Hours Required:

80 hours

Minimum CE Hours per year:

20 hours

Ethics Requirements:

Four (4) hours

Credit Limitations:

• Instruction: The maximum credit allowed instruction is 40 credits. No repetitions for instructor credits unless the material has substantially changed. Entry level accounting courses do not count for instructors.
• Published Materials: Credit for published books/articles is limited to 20 credits per instance on a self-declaration basis. The maximum allowed for all Publications combined is 40 credits.
• Published Materials and Self Study: The maximum credit allowed from self-study and published material combined is 40 credits.
• Self-Study: The maximum credit allowed for self-study is 40 credits. If the delivery method is non-interactive, only 1/2 of the total credit is granted

Other Subject Area Requirements:

Twenty-four (24) hours in Accounting & Auditing, if participating in attest activities

Other State Policies:

Providers of CPE must be approved by one of the following for credit to qualify:
• The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy.
• The National Registry of CPE sponsors.
• The accountancy regulatory body of a state that permits the practice of public accounting under the principles of substantial equivalency. A listing of states that permit practice by substantial equivalency can be obtained by visiting NASBA’s Mobility web page.
• A college or university accredited by a Nationally recognized accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.