Renewal

The Renewal Period for 2019 has Closed

ACAT renewal fees are due June 30th annually and are accepted until August 31. Renewals received after June 30th will be subject to late fees. If your credentials have lapsed you may Reinstate your credentials within five (5) years from the date of expiration. 

Fees

Annual Renewal Fees

1 Credential     $99
2 Credentials   $149
3 Credentials   $189
4 Credentials   $229
*Retired            $30
*Credentials may only be held in Retired status if the credentialed individual does not charge for preparing financial or tax documents.


Late Fees

Renewals received after June 30    $25 late fee
Renewals received after July 31     $50 late fee
September 1 and after                     You must reinstate

Reinstatement

ACAT annual renewal fees are due June 30th of each year. If you have not paid your renewal fees or met your CPE requirements, you have five years from the date of expiration to request reinstatement.
  1. In the case of the ABA, you may sit and satisfactorily complete the examination at any time following the expiration of the accredited status.
  2. You may submit the Reinstatement Form along with the reinstatement fee ($75 for one credential, $100 for 2-4 credentials) + all current year's renewal fees. Plus you will need to show evidence to ACAT of the completion of acceptable continuing education in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of filing for reinstatement
  3. You may be reinstated by ACAT Board action on an individual basis only for extreme or special circumstances.
Nick Scorzafava


"I firmly believe that having my credential has not only kept me employed during recessions, but has also made me a more trusted employee within [my] company. As an example, if I compete with another individual who only has a 4 year degree, then my credential makes me stand out because I can say that I am accredited."

Nicholas Allan Scorzafava, ABA, RTRP


CPE Requirements

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirement—Report Your CPE with Your 2020 Renewal.

ACAT requires CPE reporting every three years. The current cycle ends 6/30/20 which means it’s time to confirm you’ve met the ACAT CPE requirements for your credentials over the last three years with your renewal.

Hours of CPE required per credential:
  • Accreditation in Accountancy (ABA): 120 hours of CPE during each three-year cycle.
  • Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP): 72 hours of CPE during each three-year cycle.
  • Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA): 90 hours of CPE during each three year cycle.
  • Accredited Retirement Advisor (ARA): 72 hours of CPE during each three year cycle.

Credential holders who have more than one credential need to have total hours of CPE for the credential with the highest requirement - not the combined number of hours.

For a more detailed breakdown of CPE hour requirements click here.

Did you earn your credential between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2020? Check the CPE Proration schedule for the requirements. 


Keep track of your CPE and download the ACAT Continuing Professional Education Diary.

ACAT supports the ongoing professional development of its certificants. The mandatory recertification process provides certificants with the opportunity to demonstrate the retention, reinforcement and expansion of their knowledge and skills pertaining to new advances as well as state of the art information over the full spectrum of finance, accounting, and taxation.

Recertification also provides encouragement to, and acknowledgement for, participation in ongoing professional development activities and continued learning. To support this purpose, the recertification requirements require continuing education and professional activities that enhance ongoing professional development, recognize learning opportunities, and provide a process for both attaining and recording professional development achievements

To ensure the proficiency of ACAT certified individuals, the Board requires that each certificant participate periodically in continuing professional education (CPE) to refresh existing knowledge and skills, and to acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to new advances as well as state of the art information over the full spectrum of finance, accounting, and taxation.