Iowa CPA CPE Requirements and Courses

Iowa cpa exam requirementsTo maintain an active CPA license in Iowa, certified public accountants have to fulfill a CPE requirement on a triennial basis.

Here is a summary for your reference:

Iowa CPA CPE Requirements

CPE credits have to be accumulated during a 3-year reporting period, which ends on June 30. Effective 2013, licensees can self-select the reporting date.

Please note that a renewal form will be mailed to your address around May 15. You’ve got to remember the renewal because there is no grace period to practice on an expired license.

Within these 3 years, CPAs registered in IA should fulfill at least 120 hours of accounting continuing education.

Specific Requirements

  • You need at least 4 hours in ethics and rules of professional conduct.
  • 50% (i.e. 60 hours) can be claimed for formal self-study. Please note that webinars are considered “interactive” and thus not part of a self-study course.
  • If you supervise compilation services or sign financial statements on behalf of a firm, you must have 8 hours in financial statement presentation.

Further Information

You can also contact the Iowa Accountancy Examining Board for general licensing and CPE information:

  • Address: 1920 SE Hulsizer Road, Ankeny, IA 50021-3941
  • Email:
  • Phone: (515) 281-5910

Where Can I Take These Accounting CPE Courses?

I have an entire post dedicated to the best CPA CPE options. And in the post, you’ll find links to CPE discounts, too.

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