Licensees must renew their licenses biennially from the date of issuance and certify that they have completed at least 80 hours of CPE within the two years before application for renewal.
If a licensee seeks credit for a CPE Program not reasonably matching the subject matter areas listed in CPE Fields of Study as published by the NASBA Registry of Acceptable CPE, the Board may require the participant to provide evidence that demonstrates how the program in question satisfies the CPE requirements.
The Board also requires licensees to obtain 4 hours of the required 80 hours of CPE in professional ethics as a condition of license renewal. The four-hour ethics requirement can be met by taking our Maryland Ethics course or by taking any of our hour-appropriate general ethics courses. Follow the ethics link on our homepage to access these courses.
All required CPE can be met through self study.
Yes. Maryland 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 Maryland.
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.
Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy
500 North Calvert St., Room 308
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone: (410) 230-6258
Fax: (410) 333-6314