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Know the difference

Updated March 22, 2023

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

Minnesota Society of CPAs


  • Offers annual memberships. A membership year is April 1-March 31. 
  • Celebrates recently certified CPAs at a bi-annual recognition dinner.
  • Presents continuing professional education compliant with BOA regulations
  • Tracks continuing professional education through the MNCPA CPE Log. Access the BOA CPE summary for a mirror-image snapshot of the BOA’s online reporting form.
  • Advocates on behalf of members for changes in BOA rules.
  • Consults with members regarding BOA rules questions. 
  • Answers ethics-related questions and recommends corrective action. 
  • Allows retired CPAs to maintain membership at a retired rate. 

Board of Accountancy


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  • Requires annual CPA certificate renewal (active and inactive). Deadline: Dec. 31. 
  • Requires active CPAs to report CPE credits annually. Deadline: Dec. 31. 
  • Processes and approves initial CPA certificate applications. 
  • Issues and revokes CPA certificates based on Minnesota rules. 
  • Processes and approves CPA certificate status change requests (active, inactive, retired).  
  • Regulates CPA firms licensed to practice public accounting. 
  • Establishes CPE rules. 
  • Conducts random CPE audits annually as a means of enforcing CPE rules. 
  • Answers ethics-related questions and enforces ethical standards of practice. 
  • Allows retired CPAs to request the retired CPA certificate status. 

Additional resources

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

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