California Board of Accountancy

Continuing Education Requirements for New Licensees

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 12 - Continuing Education Rules

§ 87.1. Continuing Education Requirements for New Licensees.

(a) All continuing education must be completed on or after the date the initial license was issued.
(b) Once a license is issued, the licensee must complete 20 hours of continuing education as described in Section 87(a)(2) and (a)(3) for each full six month period from the date the initial license was issued to the first license expiration date in order to fulfill the continuing education requirement for license renewal. If the time period between the date the initial license was issued and the first license expiration date is less than six full months, no continuing education is required for license renewal.
(c) A licensee who is required to complete a total of 80 hours of continuing education pursuant to subsection (b) shall also complete four hours of ethics education pursuant to Section 87(b).
(d) Once a license is issued, a licensee who engages in financial or compliance auditing of a governmental agency at any time between the date the initial license was issued and the first license expiration date shall complete six hours of governmental auditing continuing education as part of each 20 hours of continuing education required under subsection (b). Continuing education in the areas of governmental accounting and auditing shall meet the requirements of Section 87(c). A licensee who meets the requirements of this subsection shall be deemed to have met the requirements of subsection (e).
(e) Once a license is issued, a licensee who engages in audit, review, compilation, or attestation services at any time between the date the initial license was issued and the first license expiration date shall complete six hours of continuing education in accounting and auditing as part of each 20 hours of continuing education required under subsection (b). Continuing education in the areas of accounting and auditing shall meet the requirements of Section 87(d).
(f) A licensee who is required to complete a total of 80 hours of continuing education pursuant to this section and must complete continuing education pursuant to subsection (d) or (e) shall also complete an additional four hours of continuing education specifically related to the prevention, detection, and/or reporting of fraud affecting financial statements. This continuing education shall be part of the total hours of continuing education required by this section, but shall not be part of the continuing education required by subsection (d) or (e).
(g) If an initial license expires as defined in Section 81(b)(2), the licensee must complete an additional 20 hours of continuing education as described in Section 87(a)(2) and (a)(3) for each full six month period from the date of license expiration to the date on which the licensee applies for license renewal, up to a total of 80 hours of continuing education. If the time period between the date the license expired and the date on which the licensee applies for license renewal is less than six full months, no additional continuing education is required for license renewal.
(h) All continuing education required by this section shall be completed in the two-year period immediately preceding the date on which the licensee applies for license renewal. If the date on which the licensee applies for license renewal is less than two years from the date the initial license was issued, all continuing education must be completed on or after the date the initial license was issued.
(i) Failure to Comply.
A licensee's willful failure to comply with the requirements of this section shall constitute cause for disciplinary action pursuant to Section 5100(g) of the Accountancy Act.


NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 5010 and 5027, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 5028, Business and Professions Code.


 

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