Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania CPE Requirements:

Licenses expire December 31 of every odd-numbered year. To renew a license, an applicant must complete, by December 31st of odd years, 80 credit hours of CPE, with a minimum of 20 hours per year.

Special Requirements/Limitations:

The 80 hours must include at least 24 hours of accounting and auditing if licensee participates in attest engagements. The prior requirement of 16 hours of A&A and 8 hours of tax has been deleted.

A minimum of 4 hours of professional ethics must be completed each renewal period. This four-hour requirement can be met by taking our Pennsylvania Ethics course or by taking any of our hour-appropriate general ethics courses. Follow the ethics link on our homepage to access these courses. 

50% of all required CPE can be acquired through self-study.

Do AEG courses qualify for credit in Pennsylvania?

Yes. An individual or entity that is a member in good standing of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s National Registry of Continuing Professional Education Sponsors is deemed an approved program sponsor and is not required to submit an application for approval to the Board. As a member of NASBA’s Registry sponsor approval program, our courses are accepted for credit in Pennsylvania.

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:

Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone: (717) 783-1404
Fax: (717) 705-5540 
Website: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Accountancy/Pages/default.aspx