Arizona CPA CPE Requirements and Courses

Arizona CPA CPE RequirementsTo maintain an active status, all CPA licensee in Arizona have to fulfill the CPA CPE requirement on a biennial basis.

Here is a summary for your reference:

Arizona CPA CPE Requirements

The CPE credits have to be accumulated on the last date of your birth month, and the counting is done every 2 years.

Within these 2 years, the CPAs registered in Arizona should fulfill at least 80 hours of accounting continuing education, and all of these can be done via self-study.

Specific Requirements

  • At least 40 hours has to be in “technical areas” (accounting, auditing, taxation, business law, or management advisory services)
  • Within the 40 hours above, 16 hours must be in the subject areas of accounting, auditing, or taxation
  • Minimum of 16 hours of live/interactive webinar or in classroom setting
  • Ethics CPE: 4 hours during the reporting period

Note: there is no carry-over policy of these accounting continuing education courses in Arizona.

Possibility of CPE Waiver

  • If you can demonstrate that you are over 60 and that you are no longer active in accounting practice;
  • If there is a “Good cause” e.g. disability, military duty, financial hardship

A Note On CPE Course Providers

Please note that while Arizona does not pre-approve or register the CPA CPE course providers, for your own protection please call up or find out whether the course provider complies with the requirements prescribed in A.A.C. R4-1-453(C), which states that the course  must ” provide a formal course of learning at a professional level and contributes directly to the professional competence of the participants”.

Further Information

If you are looking for CPA licensing requirements in Arizona, please click here.

Please contact Arizona State Board of Accountancy for details:

  • Address: 100 North 15 th Avenue, Room 165, Phoenix, AZ 85007
  • Phone: (602) 364-0804
  • Fax: (602) 364-0903

Where Can I Take These Accounting CPE Courses?

My recommendation is CPE Link, a CPE provider registered with NASBA on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Registry ID: 109068). Their CPE courses are endorsed by the Societies of CPAs in California, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

CPE Link offers over 1,000 hours of self-study content taught by accounting and tax professionals–all experts in their fields with many years of practical experience to share. Click out the courses below and start earning your CPE credits today!


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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites

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