California CTEC Continuing Education Requirements and Renewal Information

The Income Tax School is a CTEC approved continuing education provider for maintaining your CRTP license

We offer the following California CE options:

Create Your Own 20-Hr CE Package to Meet CTEC Requirements

Includes the following 4 seminars, plus 3 additional federal seminars of your choice:

  • 5-hr – California 5-Hour CE Course #: 1071-CE-3026
  • 3-hr – Federal Tax Law Updates Course #: 1071-CE-3023
  • 2-hr – Ethics Course #: 1071-CE-2010
  • 2-hr – Income, Expenses, and Basis Course #: 1071-CE-3052
  • 9 hr – Choose THREE additional 3-hour CE Seminars
    (Federal Tax Law)

30-Hour Small Business I Tax Course – California Edition

Includes the following 4 courses to meet the annual California CE requirements:

  • CA Edition – Small Business I course (2 Modules)
    • Gain a solid foundation for preparing business tax returns & researching tax issues for various forms of business entities
    • Includes partnerships and corporations
  • 5-hr – California 5-Hour CE Course #: 1071-CE-3026
  • 3-hr – Federal Tax Law Updates Course #: 1071-CE-3023
  • 2-hr – Ethics Course #: 1071-CE-2010

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CTEC Renewal Information

Renewal registration and CE must be complete by October 31st each year to maintain your CRTP status.

To renew your CTEC registration all CRTPs must…

  1. Complete 20-hours of continuing tax education by October 31st each year
    • 10-hrs fed tax law
    • 3-hrs fed tax update
    • 2-hrs Ethics
    • 5-hrs CA state
  2. Maintain a $5,000 tax preparer bond
  3. Ensure Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) is valid
  4. Renew your CTEC registration by October 31st

New 2020 requirements

Background checks and fingerprint images – Effective July 1, 2020.

California Business and Professions Code Section 22251.3* was amended to require new applicants interested in becoming CRTPs to pass a criminal background check and submit fingerprint images to CTEC to determine an individual’s eligibility to register as a CRTP. The new requirements are NOT applicable to current CRTPs, only new applicants who register beginning July 1, 2020.

Also beginning July 1, 2020, if a CRTP allows their CTEC registration to expire and they would like to reregister with CTEC, they not only will be required to retake the 60-hour qualifying education course, but they will also be required to go through another background check and resubmit fingerprint images to CTEC.

*All references are in the California Business and Professions Code, Sections 22250-22259

Our most popular CA continuing education courses & seminars include:

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