Pennsylvania CPE Information

Pennsylvania CPE Credits

The Pennsylvania Board of Accountancy requires active, licensed CPAs practicing in the state of Pennsylvania to earn a minimum of 80 hours of CPE credits every two years in order to maintain their CPA permit to practice. Of those 80 credit hours, 4 must be earned in ethics education, 8 in Taxation, and 16 in accounting & Attest. It is important to note that the 80 hours must be completed by December 31st of the second year of the permit renewal period, and must be reported a month later, by January 31st of the following year. A minimum of twenty (20) credit hours shall be taken each yer.

As a courtesy, the Board mails renewal notices two to three months prior to the license expiration date.  Notices are mailed to the most recent address the licensee has reported to the Board.

With regard to programs that qualify for CPE credits, the Board currently accepts formal CPE courses approved by the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA) and the Quality Assurance Standards (QAS). To view the registry of approved CPE Sponsors go to All 80 credit hours of the Pennsylvania CPE requirement may be earned through these pre-approved formal programs.

Other ways to earn CPE credits are through self-study programs (not to exceed 50% of CPE requirements), university and college courses (not to exceed 50% of CPE requirements), service on technical committees of professional organizations (not to exceed 16 credit hours of CPE requirements), instruction or presentation of programs (not to exceed 50% of CPE requirements), published articles/books (not to exceed 16 hours of CPE requirements), and quality enhancement programs and peer review programs (not to exceed 50% of CPE requirements). For additional information and frequently asked questions regarding Pennsylvania’s CPE requirements for CPA certification, please click here.


State Pennsylvania
Renewal Cycle Every 2 years
Ethics Required 4 credit hours
Total CPE Hours Required 80 credit hours

Pennsylvania Attorney Requirements for CLE

Basics and Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars have been approved by The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board 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).

The annual requirement for all compliance groups is twelve (12) total credit hours. Of this total, a minimum of two (2) hours must be in ethics.

Accredited Providers are granted 30 days from the date of a course to report credits to PA CLE. The PA CLE Board accounts for this reporting period before determining non-compliance with the CLE requirement. You may review your transcript and track credits reported by accessing your MyPacle account.

State Pennsylvania
Renewal Cycle Annual
Ethics or Equivalent Required 2 hours
CLE Hours Required 12 hours per renewal cycle

Basics & Beyond Income Tax Seminars in Pennsylvania

Basics & Beyond, Inc. provides Fall Topical Income Tax Update and Year-end Income Tax Update seminars in 21 cities throughout 5 states.  We are an IRS-approved CLE provider, and we are included in the NASBA registry of CPE Sponsors. CPAs who attend both seminars are eligible to earn up to 16 hours of CPE credit.

Our Pennsylvania seminar takes place in Pittsburgh. We also hold seminars in Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and Nebraska. For more information about our income tax seminar locations and dates, see below or click here


Location 2020 Fall Update 2020 Year-End Update Venue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Tuesday, September 22 Tuesday, December 1 Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South

Complete Pennsylvania CPA Requirements with Basics and Beyond, Inc.

Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars meets Pennsylvania CPA requirements for a portion of the CPE hours needed. By attending Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars, participants in Pennsylvania 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. There are breakfast pastries and coffee to start the day, a mid-morning and mid-afternoon break, and lunch from 11:45-12:45. 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) Pennsylvania 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 2020. 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 2020 Income Tax Seminar Presenters, please click here.

Basics & Beyond Inc. Policies

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.A blank, two-copy certificate of completion will be given to each attendee at the conclusion of the seminar. Attendees of Basics & Beyond, Inc. Income Tax Seminars are asked to (1) fill out their certificate, (2) turn the signed, original, white certificate copy in at the end of the seminar (there will be a specified location for the white copies of the certificates), and (3) keep the yellow certificate copy for their records.

If the yellow 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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