Do CPA License Applicants Need CPE?

Yes! 80 Hours of Continuing Professional Education Are Required

  • 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. Contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy for further details.
  • The biennial licensing period in Pennsylvania begins Jan. 1 of even-numbered years and ends Dec. 31 of odd-numbered years.
  • Pennsylvania 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. Use this chart to identify your specific requirements.

CPE Requirements and Types guides

CPE Requirements Guide

Download this quick reference guide of CPE requirements for CPAs in Pennsylvania. From the hours you need to the reporting period deadlines, this is a must-have for every CPA's desk.

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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. 

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