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Enrolled Agent Continuing Education Requirements

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Once I become an Enrolled Agent, do I need to earn CE credits?

Yes! Generally, you need to earn 72 hours of CE during your 3-year enrollment cycle. Enrollment cycles are determined by the last digit of your social security number. Please see following table to determine current and future enrollment cycles:

SSN Ending Renewal Cycle Renewal Application Period Renewal Cycle Expiration
0, 1, 2, 3 2016-2019 November 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019 March 31, 2019
4, 5, 6 2017-2020 November 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020 March 31, 2020
7, 8, 9 & No SSN 2018-2021 November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 March 31, 2021
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Are CE Requirements the Same for an Enrolleeā€™s First Renewal Cycle?

The CE requirement is different for new Enrolled Agents when applying for their first renewal. Generally, new Enrolled Agents do not need 72 hours of CE because they will not have been enrolled for all three years of the cycle. Two hours of ethics is required for each year of enrollment during their cycle regardless of when enrollment began. The chart below includes the ethics CE requirement in numbers provided.

SSN Ending Year of Enrollment Calendar Month Enrollment Granted Renewal Cycle
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
0, 1, 2, 3 2016 72 70 68 66 64 62 60 58 56 54 52 50 2016-2019
2017 48 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32 30 28 26
2018 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2