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PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY

April 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

BOARD MEETING DATES
May 15, 2012
June 19, 2012
July 17, 2012
Sept. 18, 2012
Oct. 16, 2012
Other board meetings may be scheduled as needed.

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Disciplinary Actions
A listing of disciplinary or corrective measures taken by the 29 professional licensing boards and commissions, Charitable Organizations and Notaries Public.
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Substantial Equivalency

                                           Patrick J. Dugan, 
                  CPA and State Board of Accountancy, Board Chair


The “CPA Law”, 63 P.S. §9.1 et seq., was amended by Act 73 of 2008 (P.L. 954, No. 73), effective Sept. 8, 2008, and Pennsylvania is now among the states whose education, examination and experience requirements for certified public accountants are considered “substantially equivalent” as set forth in the Uniform Accountancy Act
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                    Continuing Professional Education Requirements

                            Jeffrey J. Wood, Esquire, Board Counsel
                Thomas A. Blackburn, Esquire, Unit Regulatory Counsel

The “CPA Law”, 63 P.S. §9.1 et seq., empowers the State Board of Accountancy to adopt regulations implementing Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements.  The Board has proposed regulations to amend CPE requirements that are in the administrative process to be finalized.   Notwithstanding, effective Jan. 1, 2012, the subject area of professional ethics was added as a four hour requirement prerequisite to apply for licensure renewal or reinstatement, per proposed Board regulation. The four hour professional ethics CPE is required to renew a license before December 31, 2013 and thereafter, and to reinstate a license after Jan. 1, 2014.

A mandatory professional ethics component is desirable to reinforce the critical importance of discharging professional duties not only with the requisite technical competency, but also with due regard for the principles of honesty and integrity that must be the threshold attributes of anyone credentialed to practice public accounting in Pennsylvania.  CPE must be in the subject areas of: accounting and attest, advisory services, management, professional skills development, specialized knowledge and applications, taxation, and, professional ethics.  A candidate for CPA Certificate, upon successful completion of the CPA examination, shall be exempt from CPE only for the biennial period during which the applicant successfully completed all parts of the CPA examination.

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                Contact information and Program Sponsor information

                                    Sara Fox, Board Administrator

KEEP YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATED ON YOUR LICENSURE RECORD:

Licensees are reminded to ensure the Board Office has the most recent contact information for you - your name/address, email, phone number as well as employer contact information.  The Board Office cannot contact you, if needed, when the information currently on your licensure record is not correct.  Email addresses should be up-to-date as well as the newsletters are now sent out electronically and to allow us to correspond with you by email. regarding licensure changes that directly affect your CPA, PA, Firm and Program Sponsor licenses.  Changes to any contact information can be made by completing the application for name/address change and submitting to the Board Office.  You can download the form by going to our website at: www.dos.state.pa.us/account and click on Licensure Information and then scroll down to “Name Change” or “Address Change”.  You can submit the completed application by email, fax, or by mail if including a duplicate license fee.  You do not need to pay a fee to change your contact information; however, if you wish to have a duplicate of your license, that requires the $5 fee.  Checks should be made payable to the Commonwealth of PA.


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Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.1404 | ST-ACCOUNTANCY@state.pa.us
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