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First Year CPA Certification Requirements

Updated Feb. 26, 2021

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, 2021
July 1 through
Dec. 31, 2021
First CPE year starts: July 1, 2021 July 1, 2022
Minimum 20 CPE credits needed by: June 30, 2022 June 30, 2023
Renew CPA certificate by: Dec. 31, 2021 Dec. 31, 2021

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.

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