PA CPA Renewal Requirements

The state of Pennsylvania

  • License renewal period every 2 years.
  • 80 hours each renewal period.
  • A minimum of 20 credit hours shall be taken each year.

Your CPE requirements

Hours Subject
16 Accounting & Attest [click here to see what qualifies]
52 General [click here to see what qualifies]
Acceptable subject areas for continuing education:
  • Accounting and auditing
  • Advisory services
  • Management
  • Professional skills development
  • Specialized knowledge and applications
  • Taxation
8 Tax [click here to see what qualifies]
4 Ethics [click here to see what qualifies]
# Total

Please note

  • As of January 1, 2012, the 4 hours of Ethics requirement was part of a Special Notice Regarding CPE Changes Effective Immediately.
  • The following continuing education programs will be given 1 credit hour of continuing education credit for each 50-minutes of participation:
    • Continuing education programs of National or State accounting organizations.
    • University or college courses.
    • In-house educational programs.
    • Individual study programs.
    • Programs offered by other qualified organizations.
    • Committee meetings.
    • Service as a lecturer, discussion leader, speaker or professor.
    • Publications, articles, books and continuing professional education courses.
  • For all CPE, the Board will ask for:
    • Dates attended.
    • Credit hours claimed.
    • Title of the course.
    • Program sponsor.
    • A statement certifying that CE requirements have been met.


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