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First Year CPA Certification Requirements

Updated Feb. 8, 2024

New CPAs must remember two important dates:

  • 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, 2024
July 1 through
Dec. 31, 2024
First CPE year starts: July 1, 2024 July 1, 2025
Minimum 20 CPE credits needed by: June 30, 2025 June 30, 2026
Renew CPA certificate by: Dec. 31, 2024 Dec. 31, 2024

Learn more about CPA certificate renewal

Learn more about CPE reporting


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

We're here to help! Contact the MNCPA at or 952-831-2707.