Take CPE to Apply for a Pennsylvania CPA License

80 Hours of Continuing Professional Education

  • CPA applicants must complete 80 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) within 24 months of application for an initial license.
  • In some cases, passing the CPA Exam can fulfill the CPE requirement to apply for a license. Depending on when a candidate applies for a license during this period will determine whether CPE is required. Please contact the State Board of Accountancy for further details.
  • The biennial licensing period in Pennsylvania begins Jan. 1 of even-numbered years and ends on Dec. 31 of odd-numbered years.
  • CPAs are required to complete 80 hours of CPE every biennial reporting period thereafter to renew their license, with at least 20 hours completed each year and a minimum of 16 hours in accounting and auditing, 8 hours in tax, and 4 hours in ethics.
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State Board of Accountancy 
The State Board issues Pennsylvania CPA licenses once all examination and work requirements have been met. Contact the State Board for more details. 

PICPA Careers in Accounting Team

If you have any questions, contact PICPA's Careers in Accounting Team at (215) 496-9272.