Continuing Education for Tax Professionals


Credits must be obtained from IRS approved CE Providers.

Click here for List of Approved Continuing Education Providers

Continuing education requirements and the approval of CE providers for four categories of tax professionals:

  • Enrolled Agents
    • 72 hours every three years
      • Obtain a minimum of 16 hours per year (2 of which must be on ethics)
  • Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents
    • 72 hours every three years
      • Obtain a minimum of 16 hours per year (2 of which must be on ethics)
  • Registered Tax Return Preparers
    • 15 hours per year (beginning in calendar year 2012)
      • 2 hours of ethics
      • 3 hours of federal tax law updates
      • 10 hours of other federal tax law
  • Registered Tax Return Preparer candidates (provisional PTIN holders who have until 12/31/13 to become RTRPs)
    • 15 hours per year (beginning in calendar year 2012)
      • 2 hours of ethics
      • 3 hours of federal tax law updates
      • 10 hours of other federal tax law