CPE RequirementsContinuing 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.