CPA CPE State Acceptance

BestCPE is a subsidiary of CPE Publications, Inc. and it's courses  are accepted in most states for CPA CPE.

Certified Public Accountants

  • Your State Board of Accountancy has final authority on the acceptance of any course for CPE credit for CPAs. Contact your state board if you have any questions concerning their CPE requirements.
  • The student is responsible for selecting courses which meet the board requirements.
  • You can review your state CPA CPE requirements online by searchig for your specific state boards and state CPA societies.
  • All BestCPE courses are interactive as defined by the AICPA.

The information contained in the following sections is believed to be the most current information available regarding your requirements. However, rules and regulations are constantly changing, therefore the information contained here is not guaranteed by BestCPE.


Courses conform to CPA state requirements in these states

CPE Publications, Inc. (i.e., BestCPE) has entered into sponsor agreements with: Texas (9074), New York (002023), Illinois (158-002188),  and Pennsylvania (PX177417).  We have also entered into a sponsor agreement with the IRS (J9K6Q ) that qualifies our tax courses in all states for Enrolled Agents.

These agreements do not constitute an endorsement by these states or by the IRS. It is the responsiblity of the CPA or Enrolled Agent to know specific state board regulations and changes that occur throughout the year.

BestCPE courses have been developed according to state requirements for CPA s in the following states.

CPE provider number or sponsor ID shown where applicable--most states do not use or require provider numbers or sponsor IDs. States with an asterix have required disclosures and/or additional details below.  Select the state below for access to that state board of accountancy.

AK | AL* | AZ | CA* | CT| DE | GA | HI | IA | ID | IL | IN | KY | MA | MD | ME | MI | MO | MT* | ND | NE* | NH* | NM | NV | NY* | OH* | PA | RI | SD | TX* | UT | VA | VT | WA | WI | WY

All provider numbers are printed on your certificate of completion.


Courses NOT accepted in the following states for CPAs

The following states require CPAs to take courses from sponsors registered with NASBA or NASBA-QAS.

We are not a member of NASBA or the QAS program due to the additional cost that would have to be passed on to CPAs and therefore our courses do NOT meet the CPA state requirements of the following states (see note about Florida).  Membership in NASBA is NOT required for continuing eduction for EAs or Tax Preparers.

QAS membership required: FL*** | MN | MS | OR | SC | TN

QAS course format required: CO | LA

NASBA membership required: AR | DC | KS | NJ | NC | OK | WV


* Specific state requirements for CPAs:

Alabama CPAs and Montana CPAs should report 50% of the CPE credit shown on their BestCPE certificate.

  • Alabama defines "interactive CPE" as requiring interaction with the instructor. BestCPE courses do not meet that definition, as we use the AICPA definition of "interactive."  Our courses meet the AL "non-interactive" course requirements, but the CPE credit must be reported at the 50% rate.

California CPAs must take 8 hours of fraud CPE if work on an audit, review, compilation or attestation service during any two year reporting period.

Nebraska CPAs may obtain pre-approval of courses from the Nebraska Board of Accountancy. Pre-approval is recommended but not required.

New Hampshire requires that self study examinations contain in-depth review of the correct answers to program exam questions.All BestCPE courses include a review exam which has in-depth explanation for both correct and incorrect answers.

New York CPAs cannot take personal development courses or courses concerning marketing a CPA practice.  NY CPA changed in 2009, and the accrual period for CPE credit is now a calendar year.

Ohio CPAs no longer need a "registered provider number" because the Accountancy Board of Ohio discontinued sponsor registration requirements in 2008. Read about the Ohio sponsor changes for more information.

Texas CPAs can reference the required State Board of Public Accountancy language required for CPE Sponsors and see how many Texas cities are represented by BestCPE students.

*** Florida exceptions to QAS requirement Self-study courses taken in the Behavioral category are accepted from CPE providers who are not registered with the QAS program.

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