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WebCE provides state-approved California Tax Continuing Education with a money back guarantee! Satisfy ALL your CE requirements at one low price with our online or paper courses!

California tax CE course pricing:
You may select 20 hours of courses for $37.95 plus $2.50 for each additional hour. An additional $0.00 per course will be added to your total if you select paper course material.

Single CA Tax continuing education courses start at just $9.95!
WebCE offers courses for the following CA license types:

California Tax Preparer Education Requirements

CTEC Provider Number: 6216

CTEC Acceptance: WebCE is approved by the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) to offer continuing education courses that count as credit towards the annual continuing education requirement imposed by the State of California for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers.
IRS Provider Number: RPBX8

Required California Tax Continuing Education Hours

Required CTEC Tax Continuing Education Hours

20 hours of CTEC CE is required annually

Note on the IRS Annual Filing Season Program - Record of Completion (AFSP - RoC): CRTPs are considered exempt from completing a 6 hour Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course as part of the AFSP - RoC. However, they will need to consent to the Circular 230 obligations at PTIN renewal to be granted the Record of Completion.

Click here to learn more about the IRS AFSP - Record of Completion.

California Tax Preparer Subject Area Requirements

  • CA State Tax Law: 5 hours
  • Ethics: 2 hours
  • Tax Law Updates: minimum 3 hours
  • Federal Tax Topics: minimum 10 hours

California Tax Renewal

California Registered Tax Preparer Renewal Date

10/31 annually

If a CRTP fails to renew by 10/31, CTEC allows for late renewal. The late renewal deadline is 1/15 and a fee will be required. If not renewed by 1/15, a CRTP will be required to retake the 60 hour qualifying education course and register as a new preparer.

PTINs must be renewed annually by 12/31

California Registered Tax Preparer Renewal Process

CTEC CE and annual registrations are due on or before the expiration date on 10/31 annually
CA Registered Tax Return Preparer (CRTP) Online Renewal

Renew PTINs with the IRS annually by 12/31 at RPR.IRS.Gov

California Tax Continuing Education Course Requirements

Course Presentation

WebCE courses are IRS and CTEC approved self-study online.

Study Requirements

Self-Study Requirements: Students should read the course material prior to taking the final exam.

California Tax Continuing Education Exam Requirements

Exam Rules

The final exam is open-book. Students may refer to the course material as often as needed. If the final exam is not passed on the first attempt, students have an unlimited number of retakes.

Passing Score

Self-Study Final Exam: 70%

Reporting and California Tax Continuing Education Certificates of Completion

CTEC Tax Education Reporting

WebCE reports course completions electronically to CTEC and the IRS every business day. Every CTEC course completion will be reported by WebCE to both regulators upon completion, with the exception of courses created specifically to cover CA tax law those will only be reported to CTEC upon completion.

Certificates of Completion

WebCE provides online printable certificates of completion. Certificates of completion will be available to print online immediately after the final exam is passed. CRTPs will receive 2 certificates for the completion of each course, one for CTEC and one for the IRS, with the exception of the California state tax law courses for which CRTPs will only receive CTEC credit. CRTPs should keep all certificates of completion for a minimum of 4 years for auditing purposes.

Repetition and Carryover

Carryover Allowance

Excess hours earned in a CE cycle may not be carried forward to a subsequent CE cycle. However, it can be carried back to the previous cycle to bring that cycle current.

Repetition Rules

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

California Tax Contact Info

California Tax Education Council (CTEC)

  • Phone: 877-850-2832
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 2890 Sacramento, CA 95812
  • Fax Number: 877-851-2832
  • Email: [email protected]

WebCE® provides information as a courtesy to individuals who are subject to continuing professional education (CPE) as CPAs, PAs, and Licensed accountants. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate and current, neither WebCE nor its employees warrant or represent that this information is accurate and current. Since regulations are constantly changing, we suggest you check with your state’s board to answer any questions or confirm any information.
Last updated on 3/16/2017