Renew Your Credentials

It's time to Renew your ACAT credentials!    


Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirement—Due June 2017 
ACAT requires CPE reporting every three years. The current cycle ends 6/30/17.

Hours of CPE required per credential:
Accreditation in Accountancy (ABA): 120 hours of CPE during each three-year cycle. 
Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP): 72 hours of CPE during each three-year cycle. 
Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA): 90 hours of CPE during each three year cycle.
Accredited Retirement Advisor (ARA): 
72 hours of CPE during each three year cycle.

Credential holders who have more than one credential need to have total hours of CPE for the credential with the highest requirement - not the combined number of hours. 

For a more detailed breakdown of CPE hour requirements click here.

Did you earn your credential between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017?  Check the CPE Proration schedule for the requirements.   

Renew Online

If you are an NSA member and have logged onto the NSA website after September 2011, your log in for your ACAT renewal is the same as your NSA member log in.

  • 1. Click on Activate or Create My Account
  • 2. Enter the email address you provided to ACAT
  • 3. The system will locate your member record, send you an email and you can renew online, as well as, update your user name and password
  • If you have already logged in as an NSA member or ACAT credential holder and created your account, you can log in using the user name and password you saved.


    1. ACAT annual renewal fees are due June 30th of each year. If you have not paid your renewal fees or met your CPE requirements, you have five years from the date of expiration to request reinstatement.                                                                                                                      
    2. 1. In the case of the ABA, you may sit and satisfactorily complete the examination at any time following the expiration of the accredited status. 
    1. 2. 

      You may submit the Reinstatement Form along with the reinstatement fee ($75 for one credential, $100 for 2-4 credentials) + all current year's renewal fees. Plus you will need to show evidence to ACAT of the completion of acceptable continuing education in the 12 months immediately prior to the date of filing for reinstatement

    3. You may be reinstated by ACAT Board action on an individual basis only for extreme or special circumstances.

Additional Info

 Keep track of your CPE and download the ACAT Continuing Professional Education Diary 

 Download the ACAT Candidate Handbook.