Illinois CPE Requirements

Basics & Beyond Income Tax Seminars – Illinois

Illinois CPA Requirements for CPE

Beginning in 2006, Illinois law states that anyone who represents themselves as a CPA to the public in Illinois is required to have an active license with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). For more information about the IDFPR, click here.

Once licensure as a CPA in Illinois is obtained, Illinois CPA requirements state that licensees must renew their license on a three year cycle. To complete Illinois CPA Requirementthe renewal process, each CPA must complete 120 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) to demonstrate they have kept up-to-date and informed of the latest changes within the field of accountancy. This is the same amount of CPE hours required for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) membership. There is not a required minimum amount of CPE hours that must be completed each year, as long as 120 CPE hours are completed by the end of the 3 year renewal period.

The state of Illinois CPA requirements include 4 hours of CPE relating to Professional Ethics that must be completed during each 3 year renewal cycle. While there is very little description as to what constitutes “Professional Ethics” in the Illinois Public Accounting Act, it’s commonly thought that courses dealing with the Code of Professional Conduct will be eligible, and courses dealing with topics such as sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, etc. will not be eligible. Essentially, the ethics of concern are practice-based rather than workplace environment-based. Further clarification can be found through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) at 217.785.0800.

Each license expires on September 30th of the renewal year. The renewal year is the same for all CPAs, and is not dependent upon the individual year of licensure. To begin the renewal process, click here.

Illinois CPA requirements dictate that CPE hours earned during one renewal period cannot be applied to another later renewal period. CPAs can begin the renewal process in the 2 months prior to the renewal deadline.

In order to ensure the CPE hours you earn will be accepted by the state of Illinois, enroll in courses provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) approved sponsors or the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

The state of Illinois does not necessarily approve all CPE sponsors who are approved by other states. In order to make sure that course you are taking will be approved, make sure to verify the sponsor’s registration with either IDFPR or NASBA (i.e., their sponsorship number) before you enroll.

State Illinois
Renewal Cycle Every three years
Ethics Required 4 hours
CPE Hours Required 120 hours per renewal cycle

Illinois Attorney Requirements for CLE

Basics and Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars have been approved by The Illinois MCLE Commission for a total of 13.5 sixty-minute CLE hours for those who attend both the Fall Topical Update and the Year-end Update seminars. This also includes 2 hours of Ethics credit (1 hour of Ethics for the Fall Topical Income Tax Update Seminar and 1 hour of Ethics for the Year-end Income Tax Update Seminar).

Beginning July 1, 2010 and onward, Illinois attorneys must complete 30 total hours of CLE, including at least six hours of professional responsibility (PR), every 2 years. All CLE hours must be completed no later than 11:59 PM on June 30 and your compliance (or a valid exemption that needs to be reported) reported by 11:59 PM on July 31.

The reporting groups are dependent upon the attorney’s last name. If you are an attorney who was sworn in to the Illinois bar July 1, 2006 or after, use the last name on file with the ARDC on the date of your swearing-in date. Use your last name on file with the ARDC on July 1, 2006 if you were sworn in on or before June 30, 2006.

State Illinois
Renewal Cycle Every two years
Ethics or Equivalent Required 6 hours
CLE Hours Required 30 hours per renewal cycle


Basics & Beyond Income Tax Seminars – Illinois Continuing Education

Basics & Beyond, Inc. provides 6 Fall Topical Updates and 6 Year-end Update seminars virtually. Our seminars are included in the NASBA National Registry of CPE sponsors, and we are an IRS-approved CLE provider.

Our Fall Topical Updates take place in September and October, while our Year-end Updates take place in November and December. For more information about our income tax seminar locations, see below or click here.

Complete Illinois CPA Requirements with Basics and Beyond, Inc.

Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars meets Illinois CPA requirements for a portion of the CPE hours needed. By attending Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars, participants in Illinois can earn up to 16 CPE hours in just 2 days.  The seminars start at 8:25 a.m. and conclude around 4:45 p.m. We work hard, but we like to make the day as enjoyable as possible for all of our attendees! Basics & Beyond, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: (CPE Sponsor ID: 108123) Illinois is among the many states that accept courses sponsored by registrants of the NASBA. Accordingly, each seminar session is expected to be approved by each regulatory agency for 8 CPE credit hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Candidates who take both the Fall and Year-end Topical Update seminars can expect to earn 16 hours of CPE, including 2 hours of ethics.

Basics & Beyond Inc. Presenters

All of our presenters are tax experts with practical tax preparation experience. Two presenters will usually take turns leading the discussion at each seminar. Our income tax seminars comply with the AICPA guidelines for continuing education, and they qualify for a maximum of 16 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit. The program level is designed for participants with more than two of experience preparing individual income tax returns. The goal of each of our seminar presenters is to use their high-level, up-to-date income tax knowledge to assist our participants in preparation for the upcoming tax return season. More information about this year’s Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminar Presenters is available on our website. These presenters are those currently set to lead our income tax seminars in 2022. Our presenters undergo annual Basics & Beyond training to ensure a positive, cohesive experience for all of our participants. Basics & Beyond, Inc. will reassign presenters or use appropriately trained replacement presenters who are not currently the website if and when necessary.  For more information about our current list of 2022 Income Tax Seminar Presenters, please click here.

Basics & Beyond Inc. Policies

A Certificate of Attendance may be requested by the IDFPR to serve as proof of completion of Illinois Continuing Education for the licensee.  All attendees are provided a Certificate of Attendance at the completion of Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars.  Should an attendee misplace their Certificate of attendance, there is a process by which a replacement certificate can be requested.

If the copy of the certificate is lost or damaged, and a replacement certificate is needed, please send a written request (via post or email) and a $15 replacement fee to Basics & Beyond, Inc. Once the request and fee are received, we will attempt to locate the attendee’s original certificate from among those left at the seminar. If the original certificate is located, we will e-mail, mail, or fax a copy of the certificate to the address listed on the written request. If the certificate is not located, we will e-mail, mail, or fax a notice of that fact to the same address. The search fee is non-refundable even if the original certificate cannot be located. For more information about Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminar policies, please click here.

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