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Nearly 20,000 accounting professionals are members of the PICPA. They know there is strength, knowledge, and power in numbers.

Join PICPA now to access member benefits through April 30, 2025!

Membership gives you access to discounted and complimentary CPE, local networking events, the quarterly Pennsylvania CPA Journal, advocacy efforts in Harrisburg and beyond, and much more.

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Earn more than 30 hours of free CPE per year with town halls, our Annual Meeting and Celebration, and more.

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Save on conferences, courses, and self-study classes with our discount packages.

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Who Can Become A PICPA Member? Membership Is Open To

  • Certified public accountants (CPAs)
  • Non-CPAs working in the profession
  • Accounting educators at the college and high school levels
  • College students majoring in accounting or a related field

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PICPA Membership Categories

A Category for Every Step of Your Career

Our membership year runs May 1 through April 30. Half-year rates are offered beginning Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. Some employers will pay for your PICPA membership. If you need help convincing them, download this explanation letter.


Student & Pre-CPAs

Student Affiliate

A full-time college student, majoring in accounting or a related field.

Accounting Affiliate

A recent graduate (past five years) with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting (or a related field) and who is working toward obtaining his/her CPA license.

Candidate For Admission

A candidate who has passed all four parts of the CPA Exam but has not yet received a CPA license.


CPAs & Retired CPAs

CPA Member

A CPA, in any state, regardless of license status (active or expired).

Nonresident Member

A CPA who is licensed in Pennsylvania and neither resides nor is employed in Pennsylvania.

CPA Educator

A CPA who works in the accounting field, has a bachelor’s degree, and is a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university, or a high school teacher of accounting, business, or a related discipline.

Retired Member

Any CPA Member or Nonresident CPA Member who is neither working nor seeking employment may request a transfer to Retired Membership. Email membership@picpa.org.



Associate Educator

A non-CPA who works in the accounting field, has a bachelor's degree, and is a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university, or a high school teacher of accounting, business, or a related discipline.

Associate Member

A non-CPA who has a bachelor's degree and works in accounting, finance, or a related field.

Former Members & Reactivations

Applications for membership reactivation should be submitted with dues for the year in which reactivation becomes effective. Memberships that have lapsed for nonpayment may be subject to a reinstatement fee of $50, and may be subject to additional sums due to the Institute at the time of membership lapse.