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Providers are now offering online “continuing education” courses with an option to purchase a completion certificate. However, these certificates show no credits completed or earned, and in some cases specifically state no credit earned. These courses cannot be applied toward meeting your CPE requirement, as they do not meet Board standards. You may view the Board’s CPE rules here and a list of appropriate documentation of CPE credit here.
This standard also applies to audited university courses, or other university-based courses/programs which confer no credit on a transcript (if no completion certificate is provided).
House Bill 404 extended the deadline for expiration of all licenses set to expire on December 31, 2020, to now expire on July 1, 2021. As a result, the license expiration date for peer review firms, CPAs and PAs (including non-practicing registration and out-of-state credentials), and CPE sponsors is now July 1, 2021. Although the deadline to renew has been extended, the Board encourages you to move forward with renewal as soon as possible to avoid any complications.
Renewing by December 31, 2020, will reduce the risk of a lapse in licensure and ensure permit holders remain compliant with continuing professional education (CPE) requirements. Late fees will not be waived for failure to renew by July 1, 2021.
For those renewing a permit/permit-employed in public accounting after December 31, 2020: You may complete CPE during the extension period to show compliance with 2018-2020 CPE requirements. All CPE must be completed prior to the date of license renewal.
This extension does not affect the next renewal date (December 31, 2023). CPE REPORTING FOR 2021-2023 WILL BEGIN AS OF THE DATE YOU RENEW YOUR LICENSE.
**Per Board rule OAC 4701-15-03, licensees need to maintain CPE records for two reporting periods and be able to provide CPE verification upon request**
As part of your renewal, you will be asked to list CPE earned per calendar year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Please list any CPE earned in 2021 as part of your third year (2020) credits earned. If you renew your license without having completed CPE requirements, you may be subject to discipline. You do not need to submit CPE completion certificates during your renewal, but please retain them in case you are selected for audit.
CPAs first issued a license in 2019 are required to complete forty (40) CPE credits in any subject area for the reporting period beginning January 1, 2019 through the date of license renewal or July 1, 2021, whichever is earlier.
For those renewing a Peer Review/Attest Firms: All renewals initially due by October 31, 2020, must now complete peer review and submit a renewal application by July 1, 2021.
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) audit service application for all Ohio CPAs. The CPE Audit Service is available for your use to track and store all your CPE records in one location, review your ongoing compliance with the CPE requirements of the Board as you complete CPE, and submit CPE records and documentation in response to an audit by the Board.
February 5, 2021 Accountancy Board Meeting
will be a virtual meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Per Governor DeWine's orders; Accountancy Board staff are working from home until further notice. Please email or call the appropriate staff person with any questions.
Rikki Johnson, Renewal Information and Verification Requests:
Faith Harvell, Revenue and Deposits, Educ Assistance and License Change Status:
Karen A. Salyer, Examination and Certification:
Kelly A. Kelly, Firm Information:
Charlene A. Nortey, Investigator:
Sarah Sarnowski, Investigator:
Donna M. Oklok, Investigations Supervisor:
Tracey F. Fithen, Assistant Executive Director:
John E. Patterson, Executive Director:
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