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Illinois CPA CPE Requirements

NASBA CPE Sponsor ID:109414

Illinois' Acceptance: WebCE® courses meet the NASBA/AICPA CPE Standards and therefore are accepted by the IL Board of Examiners.

What are the CPA CPE requirements for Illinois?

120 hours (80 hour maximum limit from self-study courses)

Are there any subject area requirements for Illinois CPA CPE?

  • CPA Ethics: 4 hours of ethics CPE
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: 1 CPE hour

Can CPA CPE courses be repeated?

Courses cannot be taken for credit more than once in a 3 year reporting period.

When does CPA CPE have to be completed?

9/30 triennially

Are there any CPA CPE credit type limits?

  • Instruction: Maximum 60 hours
  • Personal Development: Maximum 24 hours
  • Published Materials: Maximum 30 hours
  • Self-study: Maximum 80 hours (Maximum of 60 hours for non-interactive self-study or a combination of 80 hours for interactive/non-interactive self-study; WebCE's QAS delivery is considered interactive self-study)

Can CPA CPE course hours carry over to the next renewal cycle?

Excess hours earned in a CPE cycle may not be carried forward to a subsequent CPE cycle.

What is the Illinois CPA license renewal process?

Licensees may renew the license during the 2 months preceding the expiration date thereof by paying the required fee. CPE is reported by CPA at renewal on the Public Accounting Continuing Professional Education Reporting Form supplied by the state or online through the online renewal service.
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What are the WebCE Illinois CPE course requirements?

  • WebCE courses are NASBA QAS self-study with non-monitored open-book final exams. Students should read through course material then complete exam.
  • Passing score: 70%
  • If the final exam is not passed on the first attempt, students have an unlimited number of retakes.

What is the access period for WebCE Illinois CPE courses?

12 months from the original date of purchase.

How often does WebCE report Illinois CPA CPE course completions?

WebCE does not report CPE course completions to the Illinois Board of Examiners.

Does WebCE supply a certificate of completion for Illinois CPE courses?

Online PDF Certificates of completion are available to print immediately after the final exam is passed. CPAs should maintain written evidence of completion for a period of 6 years following the completion of each reporting activity.

What are the Illinois CPA CPE requirements for non-residents?

Licensees with an Address of Record outside of Illinois shall be considered compliant with Illinois CPE requirements (except for the 1-hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training) if the licensee has complied with the CPE requirements of the state in their Address of Record.

Are there any CPE exemptions?

Any renewal applicant seeking renewal of a license without having fully complied with these CPE requirements shall submit to the Division a renewal application and a request for waiver prior to the renewal date. If the Division finds from such statement or any other evidence submitted that extreme hardship has been shown for granting a waiver, the Division shall waive enforcement of CPE requirements for the renewal period for which the applicant has applied.

Extreme hardship shall be determined on an individual basis and is defined as an inability to devote sufficient hours to fulfilling the CPE requirements during the applicable prerenewal period because of
  • Full-time service in the armed forces of the United States of America during a substantial part of the prerenewal period
  • An incapacitating illness documented by a statement from a currently licensed physician
  • Other similar extenuating circumstances.

Who to contact for additional questions

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Public Accountancy Section

NASBA Registry

This information is based on state laws and regulations and is subject to change. WebCE makes every effort to make sure this information is current and accurate, however, WebCE is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein. We urge you to check with your state's licensing department for complete and current information about its licensing rules and requirements.
Last updated on 2/15/2023