Updated Aug. 4, 2021

CPE Carryover Will Not Apply to CPAs
The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy discussed Act 116 of 2020 (law that permit excess CPE credit carryover) and voted not to allow the carryover for CPAs. Read more. 

On March 20, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf suspended restrictions that limited the ability of licensees to take classes online or participate in distance-learning opportunities (self-study) for the current biennial renewal period which ends on Dec. 31, 2021.

Effective Feb. 29, 2020, the GAO released a COVID-19 GAGAS CPE Alert that outlines a six-month grace period for completing Yellow Book CPE and a temporary waiver for the 20-hour annual requirement.

Course & Licensing FAQs

Professional Education

  • What are the CPE requirements for Pennsylvania CPAs?

  • What time should I arrive at a course?

  • How can I verify my attendance at a PICPA seminar or conference?

  • Why didn't I receive full credit for attending a course?

  • In which states is PICPA a program sponsor?

  • How can I get a course approved for CPE? Do I need to?

  • Are PICPA's webinars, webcasts, and On-Demand CPE considered group or self-study?

  • How do I get CPE credit for attending a webinar/webcast?

  • How and when will I get login instructions and materials for a webinar/webcast?

  • What type of equipment or software do I need to participate in a webinar or webcast?

  • How do I cancel a course registration?

  • What if the PICPA has to cancel a course?

  • Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Course Materials

  • How can I view my materials?

  • After I register for a course, how will I know when materials are available?

  • How long will materials for a course be available online?

  • How do I download course materials?

  • How do I setup a PICPA account to access materials?

  • Are any other course-related documents available electronically?

  • If I register for a course the day before or the day of, how do I access the materials?

  • Can I share the course materials with other people?

  • I have clicked on the link to the materials in My Account, but the file is not opening. How do I fix this?

Registration & Cancellation

  • How do I register for a course or contact a member of PICPA’s Professional Education Team for assistance?

  • How do I cancel a course registration?

  • What if the PICPA has to cancel a course?

  • How do I register multiple people for events?

  • How do I know if my registration has been received?

  • Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

  • Can I bring my laptop or tablet to the course?

Additional Credit FAQs

  • What other specialized designations, licenses, and accreditations does the PICPA offer CPE to support?

  • Do PICPA-sponsored programs qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credits?

  • Where can I find more information on Yellow Book requirements?

License Renewal

  • How and when do I report my CPE hours and complete my individual license renewal application?

  • Will I be penalized if I don't meet the 20 credit hour CPE minimum per year?

  • How can I reactivate my CPA license?

  • What do I need to send to the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy if audited?

  • How many credits do I report for self-study courses?

  • When do I file my individual license renewal application if I do not complete the CPE requirements until Dec. 31?

  • If I am the "key person" for my firm's license renewal, when can I complete the firm license renewal application?

  • Where can I find out if a program sponsor is approved under the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy's regulations?

  • Can I request extensions or waivers of my peer review or CPE license renewal requirements?

  • What should I do if I did not receive a license renewal notification from the State Board?

  • Can I request to have my license to practice placed on inactive status through the license renewal process?

  • What does the State Board do with the information submitted on my license renewal application?

  • What if I misplaced the user ID and/or password necessary to renew my license?

  • How long should I keep my CPE records?

Additional Questions?

Contact PICPA at (215) 496-9272 or info@picpa.org.