Washington CPA CPE Requirements: Rules and Recommended Courses

Washington CPA CPE requirements

To maintain an active CPA license in Washington state, certified public accountants have to fulfill a CPE requirement on a triennial basis.

Here is a summary for your reference:

Washington CPA CPE Requirements

In Washington, CPAs need 120 hours of continuing education every 3 years. Furthermore, CPAs must accumulate their credits by the time of their license renewal, which also occurs every 3 years by April 30. (Licenses expire June 30 every 3 years.) The CPE reporting period is from January 1 to December 31.

Specific Requirements

  • At least 20 hours of CPE must be accumulated each year
  • At least 4 hours of board-approved ethics course per reporting period
  • Not more than 60 non-technical subjects, generally referred to as personal development and behavioral courses
  • A maximum of 12 hours from nano learning CPE
  • There are some restrictions if you plan to count your role as an instructor, presenter, or author as your CPE requirement.

Further Information

You can also contact the Washington State Board of Accountancy for general licensing and CPE information:

  • Address: PO Box 9131, Olympia, WA 98507-9131
  • Email: customerservice@cpaboard.wa.gov
  • Phone: (360) 753-2586

Where Can I Take These Accounting CPE Courses?

My recommendation is Becker CPE! Becker has a large inventory of courses, and discounts are almost always available. Check out other non-Becker CPE courses on this site too.

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