CPE Changes for Pennsylvania CPAs

Human Resources

By Michael Collins

The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy (the Board) recently amended regulations relating to continuing professional education (CPE). There were three specific changes cited: 

  • As a condition of license renewal and as part of the ongoing 80 hour biennial CPE requirement, licensees must complete a minimum of 4 hours of approved professional ethics by December 31, 2011. Other requirements to obtain at least 8 hours in tax subjects, 16 hours in accounting and auditing subjects and a minimum of 20 hours in each reporting year remain unchanged.
  • Beginning January 1, 2012, no CPE credit can be obtained for authorship of an article, book or other writing.
  • Beginning January 1, 2010, a licensee may obtain CPE hours from a program sponsor that is registered and approved in a state that permits the practice of public accounting under principles of substantial equivalency. To obtain CPE hours in the past from such program sponsors, the program sponsor needed to be separately approved by the Board or the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

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