Continuing Education Verification


Continuing Education Verification

Each year, approximately 20 percent of renewing Ohio permit holders will be randomly selected to verify their continuing professional education (CPE). Those selected for CPE verification must provide documentation of completion of 120 credits earned during the three-year reporting period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017. Those who were initially certified in 2016 need only verify 40 CPE credits for the two-year reporting period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017.

Selected for CPE verification? You need to submit a Continuing Professional Education Report form along with completion certificates/proof of completion documents.

A complete CPE verification submission must include:

A completed Continuing Professional Education Report form AND 

o   An official transcript of completed courses provided by OSCPA, AICPA, public accounting firm, college/university, CPE sponsor, private company, and/or government agency.

o   Certificates of completion/attendance with your name, date of course completion, number of CPE awarded, sponsor name, exact title of course and program classification (AA,TX, PSR, etc.). Certificates of completion do not need to be submitted if included on an official transcript. Sign-in sheets may be accepted if they provide the information above.

o   A letter from the program sponsor indicating your name, date of completion, and number of CPE credits awarded.

~  OR  ~

A completed Continuing Professional Education Report form AND 

o   Documentation of a minimum of 120 CPE credits uploaded to CPE Tracking (please notify board staff upon submission of your CPE Report form).


What is NOT acceptable documentation of CPE completion? (This list is not all-inclusive)

  • Unofficial transcripts or spreadsheets/self-reporting
  • Brochures, pamphlets, or other promotional material
  • Program registration and/or payment confirmation
  • Information regarding travel/hotel accommodations
  • Course outlines, agendas, notes, or handouts/slides
  • Name tags, table tents
  • Sign-in sheets without appropriate verification information as noted above

NOTE: Persons selected for CPE verification who cannot verify 120 credits are required to complete additional verified credits, and pay the late filing fee specified in ORC 4701.10(D), calculated as of the date the 120th credit was earned.


If you determine you do not meet the 120 CPE credit requirement, IMMEDIATELY contact the Board Investigator named in your CPE verification selection letter. Addressing the problem right away may prevent increasing late fees and avoid a disciplinary hearing before the Board.

The Accountancy Board of Ohio, in cooperation with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), is now offering a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Tracking Tool for all active Ohio CPAs. This tool is available for your use at no charge and allows you to keep track of and store all of your CPE records in one location.  The CPE tracking tool is located at:    When logging in your user ID/license number begins with;  CPA.(plus your 5-digit license number).


  John E. Patterson, Executive Director

Accountancy Board of Ohio

77 South High Street, Suite 1820

Columbus, Ohio  43215-6128

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