Not Enough CPE to Renew?
What Does This Mean to You?
If you did not complete your Continuing Professional Education (CPE) by December 31 of the year prior to your renewal period, your credential will not be eligible for renewal. Board Rule WAC 4-30-134 states those individuals who failed to complete the required CPE within the reporting period must apply for reinstatement. Your credential will not lapse until July 1 of your renewal year. However, your application for reinstatement can be received and processed before your credential officially lapses.
You cannot submit your application for reinstatement until you have completed your CPE deficiency. You may continue to use your credential during the renewal period while you are completing the required CPE.
- Complete the required Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
- CPA license:
- Must complete a total of 120 CPE hours, including four CPE credit hours of Board Approved Washington State Ethics. The total 120 CPE hour requirement is limited to no more than 24 CPE credit hours in nontechnical subject areas
- CPA-Inactive certificate or Nonlicensee firm owner:
- Must complete four CPE credit hours of Board Approved Washington State Ethics
- CPA license:
- Submit a complete application through your Secure Access Washington (SAW) account
- Select the Renew link
- Answer the CPE completion questions appropriately -- when you indicate that you have not completed the required CPE, you will be redirected to the reinstatement application
- Complete the application
- Pay the reinstatement fee of $480
- Attach all CPE documentation in the “Pending Reason(s)” section of the “Confirmation” page
Failure to complete the steps above by June 30 will result in a lapse of your credential.