First Year CPA Certification Requirements

Updated July 5, 2017

As a new CPA, ingrain two important dates in your memory:

  • June 30
  • Dec. 31

June 30:

Why is this date important?
June 30 marks the end of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy's (BOA) CPE reporting year. A CPE reporting year is July 1 through June 30. 

How does this affect me?
Your first CPE reporting year is determined by your CPA certification date. Individuals who receive their initial CPA certificate between Jan. 1 and June 30 have a different first reporting year than individuals initially certified between July 1 and Dec. 31.

If you received your CPA certificate between:

  • Jan. 1 and June 30:
    Your first CPE year will begin July 1 of that year.
  • July 1 and Dec. 31:
    Your first CPE year starts July 1 of the following year.

Dec. 31:

Why is this date important?
The BOA's CPA certificate year is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. All CPA certificates expire Dec. 31.

How does this affect me?
Your initial CPA certificate expires on Dec. 31 of the year it was issued by the BOA.


Important dates for new CPAs:

I received my CPA certificate between: Jan. 1 through
June 30, 2017
July 1 through
Dec. 31, 2017
First CPE year starts: July 1, 2017 July 1, 2018
Minimum 20 CPE credits needed by: June 30, 2018 June 30, 2019
Renew CPA certificate by: Dec. 31, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Learn more about CPA certificate renewal

Learn more about CPE reporting


Questions?

The Board of Accountancy regulates CPAs in Minnesota. Contact the BOA at 651-296-7938.

Contact MNCPA customer service at customerservice@mncpa.org or 952-831-2707.