Massachusetts

Massachusetts CPE Requirements:

Licenses expire biennially on June 30. Registrants with odd numbered licenses register 6/30 in odd years and registrants with even numbered licenses register 6/30 in even years. During the two-year period immediately preceding re-registration, applicants for biennial permit renewal who will engage in "public practice” must complete 80 hours of acceptable CPE.

Special Requirements/Limitations:

Four hours of acceptable continuing education shall be in the area of professional ethics, within the existing 80 hours of mandatory CPE every two years. The four-hour ethics requirement can be met by taking our Massachusetts Ethics course or by taking any of our hour-appropriate general ethics courses. Follow the ethics link on our homepage to access our ethics courses.

All required CPE can be acquired through self-study.

Do AEG courses qualify for credit in Massachusetts?

Yes. Massachusetts does not pre-approve continuing education programs or sponsors and they do not have sponsorship agreements. They will however accept courses from members of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Registry and QAS sponsor approval programs. As members of both programs, our courses are accepted for credit in Massachusetts.

How are our recommended CPE hours determined?

As a member of the NASBA Registry and QAS sponsor approval programs, we are required to conform to the measurement standards contained in the Statement on Standards of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs developed jointly by NASBA and the AICPA. Under these Standards our credits are based upon 1 CPE credit for every 50-minutes of study time, as determined by the average test results of CPAs pre-testing the material prior to publication.

Board contact information:

Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy
1000 Washington St, Ste 710
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 727-1806
Website:https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-public-accountancy