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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Many common questions can be answered by consulting one of the main informational pages on this website:

Applicants Licensees Firms Continuing Professional Education

Information can also be gained by reading through the instruction page of the relevant PDF form (initial applications, renewals, cpe, change of information, complaint, reinstatement):

Applications / Forms

We have also gathered some FAQs below, organized by topic. See either the blue buttons below or the "FAQ Sections" navigation.

General Initial Licensure (also Transfer/Reciprocity) Continuing Education (CPE) Renewals Complaints

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• How will the Board contact me with important information?

• The PDF form does not appear to be fillable.


Initial Licensure / Transfer/ Reciprocity


• US transcripts—What do I need to send with my license application?

• Do you accept international transcripts?

• Do I have enough credits to sit for the exams? Will the Board evaluate my transcripts and tell me?

• Where can I get my education in order to qualify for licensure?

• You have two initial license application forms. Which do I use?

• I am applying for a license with another state and need my Minnesota exam/license information sent. What do I do?

• When should I take the AICPA ethics exam as part of my initial licensure requirements?

• Does the experience required for my license application have to take place in Minnesota?

• Who can verify my experience?


Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
NOTE: For more on the transition to the new CPE rules, see the CPE section on the website.


• Is there some sort of summary of the current CPE requirements?

• Did the earning period or reporting deadlines change under the rules effective January 9, 2018?

• I have a CPE question related to renewal.

• How do I know whether to categorize CPE as technical or non-technical?

• My ethics course doesn’t specify whether it’s behavioral (non-technical) or regulatory (technical) [or how many of the credit hours are which, if it says it’s both].

• My class had multiple technical and non-technical sections, and the hours on my certificate/transcript are not broken down into the various sections.

• I have non-approved CPE hours (or teaching or writing hours). How do I determine if they are technical or non-technical?

• Do I need to reclassify CPE I earned and reported prior to when the January 9, 2018, rule changes went into effect, to match the new categories of CPE?

•What do I do if I think I have misclassified existing CPE? For instance I mistook “personal development” for “professional development” and so have hours categorized as nontechnical that should really be technical?

• I took a nano-learning [or a blended learning] course prior to January 9, 2018. Can I count that towards my CPE in FY2018?

• Can I carry back nano-learning or blended learning to a previous period?

• I am concerned that prior to the transition to the new 2017 rules I was going to be in compliance with CPE requirements [or eligible for licensure/renewal], but now I am not.

• Does the Board accept one-fifth (.2, .4, etc.) and one-half credits? And does the online system now accept them? If so, what are the rules for reporting them?

• What is nano learning? Blended learning? Independent study? Other CPE terms I am now seeing?

• If I take a course on the internet is that automatically a "self study" course?

• I took a course that I feel had an ethics component, but the certificate of completion/course documentation lists no ethics credits. How can I claim those credits?

• I wrote or taught about ethics. Can I claim ethics credits for that?


Renewal FAQs
Note: Renewals open in the fall every year.


• Do I renew this year?

• When I try to log in, it says "match not found."

• When I log in to renew, the screen comes up blank.

• I get a message that says "Renewal in Progress," but I haven't renewed.

• When I log in I get a message that says that my certificate has already been renewed, but I haven't renewed.

• What if I don’t have enough required Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for the current rolling three-year period?

• I am getting an error message on the CPE reporting page.

• I want to request an exemption from Minnesota’s CPE requirements.

• I want to change my status.

• My transaction timed out and now I can't get back in.

• My payment isn't being accepted by US Bank.

• I am renewing late.

• I cannot renew my sole proprietor firm permit online.

• I am trying to open a PDF form link and it won't open.

• Why am I being charged a "convenience fee"?

• My name has changed.


Complaint FAQs


• How do I file a complaint against a CPA or CPA firm?

• Where can I see whether a Minnesota CPA or CPA firm has been disciplined?

• Does the Board help with billing disputes?

• What are some examples of disciplinary action?

• What are some grounds for disciplinary action?

• Do I have to be the "injured party" in order to file a complaint?

• Can I make an anonymous complaint?

• Can I call with a complaint?

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