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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a designation given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to individuals that pass the Uniform CPA Examination and meet the education and experience requirements. The CPA designation helps enforce professional standards in the accounting industry. CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is the highest accounting credential in the United States. CPA ensures global recognition for accounting & finance professionals.

The California - Board of Accountancy provides assurance to public that CPA (California) operates at the highest level of professional competence through, verification of education and experience credentials.


CPE Requirements

80 hours every two years, with a minimum of 20 hours per year

At least 40 hours in technical subjects, with a minimum of 12 hours per year

At least 2 hours in regulatory review every 6 years

License Renewal Period
The license is renewed on the last day of the birth month biennially, the odd or even year is based on the birth year
CPE Reporting Cycle
Last day of birth month biennially, odd or even year based on the license expiration date.
Ethics Requirement
Four (4) hours of ethics
Subject Area Restriction
  • California CPA can take a maximum of 40 hours of CPE from Non-technical subjects.
  • California board does not accept CE in the following subject areas: personal growth, self-realization, spirituality, personal health and/or fitness, sports and recreation, foreign languages and cultures, etc.

California CPA requires 80 hours of CPE to be completed every two years, with a minimum of 20 hours per year by completing 4 hours of ethics every 2 years and 2 hours of California Regulatory Review course every 6 years.

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All licensed CPAs in California must complete 80 hours of approved continuing education within the two-year license period. At least 20 hours per year, 40 hours in technical subjects, and at least 12 hours per year in the technical subject matter.

Many of our programs in Live and Self-Study are Approved for continuing education for California CPA. CLICK HERE for myCPE Packages for California CPAs that would meet all of your annual continuing education requirements in one go.