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Pennsylvania CPA CPE Requirements

NASBA CPE Sponsor ID: 109414

Pennsylvania's Acceptance: Pennsylvania accepts courses from providers that are members of NASBA's National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

What are the CPA CPE requirements for Pennsylvania?

  • Total CPE Requirement: 80 hours
  • Annual CPE Requirement: 20 hours

Are there any subject area requirements for Pennsylvania CPA CPE?

  • CPA Ethics: 4 hours of ethics CPE
  • Accounting & Attest: Minimum 24 CPE hours if licensee participates in attest engagements

When does Pennsylvania CPA CPE have to be completed?

1/1 even years to 12/31 biennially ending on odd years

Can CPA CPE courses be repeated?

Courses cannot be taken for credit more than once in a 2-year license term.

Are there any CPA CPE credit type limits?

  • Instruction: Maximum 40 hours
  • Published Materials: Maximum 40 hours
  • Self Study: Maximum 40 hours
  • Published Materials and Self Study: The maximum credit allowed from self-study and published material combined is 40 hours

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 Pennsylvania CPA license renewal process?

Licenses expire December 31st of every odd-numbered year. The Board mails renewal notices two to three months prior to the license expiration date. CPAs can report their CPE course completions with their registration renewal.

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What are the WebCE Pennsylvania CPA 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 Pennsylvania CPA CPE courses?

12 months from the original date of purchase.

How often does WebCE report Pennsylvania CPA CPE course completions?

WebCE does not report CPE course completions to the Pennsylvania State Board of Public Accountancy.

Does WebCE supply a certificate of completion for Pennsylvania CPA 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 5 years following the completion of each reporting activity.

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

A non-resident licensee seeking renewal of a certificate in this state shall be determined to have met the CPE requirements of this state by meeting the CPE requirements for renewal of a certificate in the state in which the licensee’s principal place of business is located.

  • Non-resident applicants for renewal shall demonstrate compliance with the CPE renewal requirements of the state in which the licensee’s principal place of business is located by signing a statement to that effect on the renewal application of this state.
  • If a non-resident licensee’s principal place of business state has no CPE requirements for renewal of a certificate, the non-resident licensee must comply with all CPE requirements for renewal of a certificate in this state.

Are there any CPE exemptions?

A full or partial exemption from continuing education requirements may be allowed for individual hardship such as:
  • Reasons of health
  • Military Service
  • Other good cause
The Board, upon application, may extend the time period for completing CPE upon a showing that the failure to timely comply was due to reasonable cause.

Who to contact for additional questions

Pennsylvania State Board of Public Accountancy

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 11/27/2023