Washington CPE Requirements

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Pacific Northwest Tax School programs meet Washington Board of Accountancy CPE requirements. Final authority for CPE rests with the Washington Board of Accountancy. It is the responsibility of each CPA to verify whether CPE programs and sponsors meet Washington Board requirements. A summary of CPE requirements and website link for the Board is provided below.

Sponsor Information: Washington's CPAs are required to participate in formal CPE that maintains or increases their professional competence. A CPA's field of employment does not limit the need for CPE. A person performing services of a professional nature needs to have a broad range of knowledge, skills and abilities. Accordingly, programs contributing to the development and maintenance of non-technical professional skills should also be recognized as acceptable CPE. Other subjects may also be acceptable if they maintain and/or increase the CPA's competence.

The overriding consideration in determining whether a specific program qualifies as acceptable CPE is that it be a formal program of learning contributing directly to the individual's professional competence. Continuing education programs will qualify if:

  • An agenda or outline of the program is prepared in advance and retained. The agenda or outline should indicate the name(s) of the instructor(s), the subject matter covered and the date(s) and length of the program.
  • The educational portion of the program is at least one CPE credit hour in length (defined by Board rule as a 50-minute period).
  • Attendance is required and will be verified. Sponsors are required to have participants sign in for each program and, if the program is longer than four hours in length, participants must also sign out during the last hour.
  • A qualified instructor or discussion leader conducts the program. A qualified instructor or discussion leader is anyone whose background, training, education or experience is appropriate for leading a discussion on the subject matter at the particular program.
  • Attendees are provided a certificate of completion.

Renewal Period: 6/30

Reporting Period: 12/31 triennially

CPE Requirements: 120 hours. 24 Hours maximum for non-technical courses

Washington's licensed CPAs are limited in the number of non-technical CPE credit hours they may claim each reporting period. (See WAC 4-25-830.)

Ethics Requirement: 4 hours with specific application to the practice of public accounting in Washington state. See WAC 4-25-830(3). The Board expects that as a result of attending a Board approved CPE ethics course, participants will have an understanding of the laws and regulations in Washington State governing accountancy, where to access those laws and regulations, and an understanding of the scope and nature of those laws and requirements. The Board anticipates this requirement will strengthen compliance. Pacific Northwest Tax School does not currently offer a Board-approved ethics course.

Self- Study: The original certificate of completion provided by the program sponsor for each self-study program claimed. The certificate must state the sponsor name, title of the program, date(s) attended, number of CPE credit hours earned, and the attendee's name. The date of completion as documented by the sponsor is the date the CPA must use for reporting purposes.

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IRS Approved

IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider

Notice to Members of the National Association of Enrolled Agents: NAEA requires its members to obtain 30 hours of CPE each year. NAEA further requires the CPE be in compliance with IRS guidelines. As an IRS approved sponsor of CPE, our programs meet CPE standards set forth by NAEA.


Approved National Registry of CPE Sponsor

NASBA Sponsor #109290

Pacific Northwest Tax School is registered with the National Association of the 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 through its website:  www.nasbaregistry.org



Pacific Northwest Tax School's courses fulfill continuing education requirements for California CPAs and IRS EAs.

Notice to California CRTPs: We are not currently offering CTEC-approved courses due to recent changes in CTEC's requirements.
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OR Board of Tax Practitioners

Pacific Northwest Tax School is a licensed vocational school regulated by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Our CPE programs are approved by the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners.

TX State Board of Public Accountancy

Texas Sponsor #009794

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy requires CPAs obtain CPE from a Board-approved sponsor. Pacific Northwest Tax School has registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of our CPE programs.

NY State Board of Public Accountancy

Sponsor License #002479

The New York State Board for Public Accountancy requires CPAs obtain CPE from a Board-approved sponsor. Pacific Northwest Tax School has registered with the New York State Board for Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor.

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