State CPE Requirements

State Board Website:

Washington State Board Website

License Renewal Deadline:

4/30 triennially

CPE Reporting Period:

1/1 to 12/31 triennially

Total CPE Hours Required:

120 hours

Minimum CE Hours per year:

20 hours

Ethics Requirements:

Four (4) hours in board approved ethics and regulations CPE. Ethics courses that are not board approved may be counted toward the technical and total hour requirement.

Credit Limitations:

• Nano Learning: Credit for nano learing is limited to 12 hours.
• Non-technical CPE: Credit is limited to 60 CPE hours per 3-year period. Non-technical subjects are: Communication skills; Interpersonal management skills; leadership and personal development skills; Client and public relations; Practice development; Motivational and behavioral courses; and Speed reading and memory building.
• Other CPE Limits: Credit is limited to 60 hours combined for the following types of programs. CPE credit earned from these programs cannot apply towards the 20 hour yearly minimum.
o Service on the Washington state board of accountancy or the board’s committees or volunteer service on on of the board approved peer review committees.
o First time instructor/developer of a college or university course.
o First time instructor/developer of a CPE course.
o Authorship of published articles, books and other publications relevant to maintaining or improving professional competence.
• Fields of Study: This jurisdiction has a rule(s) placing limitations on certain subject areas or requiring a certain number of credits within a certain subject area or group of subject areas. Confirmation with the Board of the impact of the changes included in the new Fields of Study document, which went into effect September 1, 2016, is included in this analysis.

Other State Policies:

• CPE Reciprocity: A non-resident licensee may meet Washington’s CPE requirements by meeting the CPE requirements of the licensee’s principal place of business. If the principal place of business has no CPE requirements, then the licensee must meet Washington’s CPE requirements.
• Washington accepts CPE credits for programs offered by NASBA sponsors.