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 Board of Accountancy

Voluntary professional association that supports member CPAs and aspiring CPAs

Yearly membership renewal beginning in February

Celebrates recently certified CPAs at 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

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