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CPA Continuing Education: What are the Requirements to Maintain your CPA?

Written by AnonymousMarch 8, 2011

CPA Continuing Education: What are the Requirements to Maintain your CPA? 

Your CPA license must be renewed every two to three years, depending on which state you’re licensed in. No matter what state issues a CPA license, continuing education is required to maintain it.

Most states require 40 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) per year. For example, in the state of Indiana, CPA licenses must be renewed every three years. This means Indiana CPAs must complete 120 hours of continuing education in order to renew. In Nevada, CPAs must be renewed every two years, so 80 hours of CPA continuing education is required.

Required classwork for continuing education courses varies, but all states require continuing education on ethics (at least four hours). Usually, at least 10 percent of all required CPE hours must be in accounting and/or auditing.

Be sure to complete CPA continuing education on a regular basis so you can make sure to meet each deadline for renewal.

Completion of continuing education courses through an approved sponsoring program is reported to the State Board of Accountancy each year. Each report includes the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Name of the sponsoring program
  • Location of the program
  • Title of the program or content description
  • Dates attended
  • Number of hours of credit claimed

Before enrolling in any CPA continuing education course, check with your State Board of Accountancy to make sure the sponsoring program and courses are approved by the board. To locate your State Board of Accountancy, visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Website at www.nasba.org.