Online Continuing Education Courses

Tennessee CPA CPE Requirements

Quality, Online Professional Education

Course Catalog Sign In

Satisfy Your CPE Requirements with WebCE

WebCE is your one-stop-shop for all your professional education requirement needs. We provide education courses for multiple industries and professions. Whether you are studying to become a licensed professional, fulfilling your continuing education or just learning something new, WebCE can help with our affordable pricing and easy-to-use platform. Our goal is to make completing your education requirements as simple as possible. We have your course requirements listed below, as well as on the catalog page.

If you have any questions, feel free to call our support services as 877-488-9308. To view the course catalog, select your license type from the drop-down menu and select refresh.

Current Catalog:

Tennessee CPA CPE Requirements

NASBA CPE Sponsor ID: 109414

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

What are the CPA CPE requirements for Tennessee?

  • Total CPE Requirement: 80 hours every 2 years
  • Annual CPE Requirement: 20 hours

Are there any subject area requirements for Tennessee CPA CPE?

  • CPA Ethics: 2 hours of state-specific ethics CPE
  • Technical Subjects: Minimum 40 hours must be in technical fields.
  • Non-Technical Subjects: Maximum of 40 hours may be in non-technical fields.
  • Accounting & Auditing: Minimum 20 CPE hours if performing attest services (including compilations)
  • Expert Witness: Minimum 20 CPE hours must be in the area in which the court deems you an expert.
    Staying up-to-date is crucial for effective expert witness testimony, so if you’re providing expert witness testimony in court, 20 out of the total CPE hours must be specialized in your specific area of expertise. This could include expertise in taxation (20 CPE Tax hours required), auditing (20 Auditing/Attest hours required), management services (20 management service hours of required), or accounting (20 Accounting hours required).

When does Tennessee CPA CPE have to be completed?

1/1 to 12/31 biennially, ending on even-numbered years for even license numbers and odd-numbered years for odd license numbers

Can CPA CPE courses be repeated?

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

Are there any CPA CPE credit type limits?

  • Instruction: Maximum 40 hours
  • Published Materials: Maximum 40 hours
  • Professional Journals: Maximum 16 hours for the magazine reading program such as reading TSCPA journals and returning those questions for a score

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

24 hours in excess of the 80 total requirement may be carried forward to the next cycle. Carryover hours do not contribute to the minimum 20 hour annual requirement nor the 40 technical hour requirement.

What is the Tennessee CPA license renewal process?

License renewal reminder postcards are mailed in late October to the mailing address of record (with the state) for all CPAs/PAs whose licenses will expire the following December 31st. CPAs must attach a listing of CPE credits during the online renewal.

Renew online

What are the WebCE Tennessee 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 Tennessee CPA CPE courses?

12 months from the original date of purchase.

How often does WebCE report Tennessee CPA CPE course completions?

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

Does WebCE supply a certificate of completion for Tennessee 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 Tennessee CPA CPE requirements for non-residents?

  • A non-resident licensee seeking renewal of a license can meet the CPE requirement for Tennessee by meeting the CPE requirements for renewal of a license in the state in which the licensee's principal office is located. Compliance is demonstrated by signing a statement certifying that the principal jurisdiction's CPE requirements for renewal are met on the renewal application for Tennessee.
  • If the state in which a non-resident licensee's principal office is located has no CPE requirements for renewal of a license, the non-resident licensee must comply with all the CPE requirements for renewal in Tennessee.
  • If the licensee’s principal jurisdiction does not have an ethics requirement, then the ethics requirement for Tennessee must be met.

Are there any CPE exemptions?

The Board may exempt a licensee from continuing education requirements for the following reasons, so long as they do not practice public accountancy or offer accounting services to the public:
  • Disabled for more than 6 months
  • Active Military Service
  • CPAs granted inactive status
In order to receive and exemption from CPE, a qualifying individual must submit a written request for an exemption to the Board.

Who to contact for additional questions

Tennessee State Board of Accountancy

  • Phone: 615-741-2550
  • Fax Number: 615-532-8800
  • Mailing Address: 500 James Robertson Parkway Davy Crockett Tower, 9th Floor Nashville, TN 37243-1141
  • Website: Tennessee State Board of 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 4/5/2024