MNCPA and BOA

Know the difference

Updated Aug. 16, 2017

Understanding the difference between the MNCPA and Minnesota Board of Accountancy (BOA) can be tricky. Use this summary to understand which organization you should contact. 

Minnesota Society of CPAs

MNCPA

  • Voluntary professional association that supports member CPAs and aspiring CPAs
  • Yearly membership renewal beginning in February
  • Celebrates recently certified CPAs at the recognition dinner
  • Presents continuing professional education that's compliant with BOA and NASBA regulations
  • Tracks continuing professional education in one place with the MNCPA CPE Log
  • Advocates on behalf of members for changes in BOA rules through government relations initiatives
  • Consults with members to assist with BOA questions or to clarify issues
  • Answers ethics-related questions and recommends corrective action

Board of Accountancy

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  • Regulatory body that enforces the laws, rules and standards governing the practice of accounting in Minnesota
  • Mandatory renewal for all certificate holders (active and inactive)
  • Requires certificate renewal (active and inactive)
    Renew online
  • Processes and approves CPA exam candidate applications
  • Issues (and revokes) CPA certificates based on rules established by BOA
  • Processes and approves applications to change CPA certificate status (active to inactive, inactive to active)
  • Regulates CPAs and firms licensed to practice public accounting
  • Establishes CPE rules and manages enforcement process with annual random audits
  • Answers ethics-related questions and enforces ethical standards of practice

Additional resources

Contact MNCPA customer service at 952-831-2707 or email us for answers to your CPA certification questions. 

CPA certification is regulated by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. They can be reached at 651-296-7938 or online