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Nov 04, 2013

CPE Requirements and License Renewals for PA CPAs

Author's note: The current reporting period is Jan. 1, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2017. Download the Guide to Renew Your License in Pennsylvania.
By Lori Braden, Vice President, Strategic Marketing


Updated Oct. 9, 2017

timeIt’s a classic tale: The cobbler’s children have no shoes. As a CPA, you may find yourself in the same situation as the reporting deadline approaches. You’re meeting filing deadlines and reminding clients to save paperwork. Meanwhile, you must complete your CPE requirements and renew your CPA license.

Perhaps you haven’t procrastinated. That’s great! But, just in case, here are some helpful tools that will have you toasting a productive new year on Dec. 31 instead of attending CPE courses.

Pennsylvania CPAs must earn 80 hours of CPE between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013. Check out our At-a-Glance schedule for requirements pertaining to New Jersey, Government Accountability Office (Yellow Book), and the AICPA. Different certifications have different requirements. Make sure to confirm requirements for those certifications with the appropriate issuing body.

The newest addition to the traditional 80 hours is ethics. Yes, the ethics requirement is official this reporting period.

So this is what you need: 

  • 16 hours of A&A
  • 8 hours of tax 
  • 4 hours of ethics

If you’ve yet to fulfill your ethics credits, the PICPA offers dozens of ethics webinars, seminars, and on-demand courses.

Log in to My Account to check your CPE History. All the courses you’ve attended with the PICPA will be listed, along with the credits you’ve earned. Still need credits? Here are some quick, inexpensive ways to earn them:

Our course catalog is searchable by topic and credit type. You can see your results based on in-person, webinar, or on-demand categories. Several conferences still remain, including the Accounting & Auditing Conference, at which you can achieve all 8 hours of your A&A requirement.

leadershipcpeIf you’re short on time and your schedule’s packed, consider PICPA’s new On-Demand CPE. You can download a CPE session, watch the presentation, take the accompanying test, and earn credits immediately. Take your CPE with you to the soccer field, doctor’s office, or wherever you can squeeze in an hour of learning. PICPA On-Demand courses qualify as interactive individual/self-study. Pennsylvania CPAs may earn up to 40 credits in a reporting period using self-study.

Call the PICPA at (215) 496-9272 or (888) 272-2001 if you have questions or would like help selecting courses.

In closing, a word about your CPA license: It won’t renew itself. Make sure you finalize all renewal steps by Dec. 31, 2013.

Please check out these helpful links to make the renewal process easier: 

The PICPA is an approved sponsor of CPE programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York: 

  • Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy Sponsor Number PX000490L 
  • New Jersey State Board of Accountancy Sponsor Number 20CE00027000 
  • New York State Board of Accountancy Sponsor Number 002218

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