Virginia CPA Ethics: 2017 Required Course

The Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA) has designated the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) as the provider of the Virginia-Specific Ethics Course content and material to ensure quality and consistency in the course and to increase compliance with the Ethics requirement among licensees. Click here for more information and frequently asked questions about the VSCPA's role in the Virginia Ethics course in 2017 and beyond.

Please note — this course is a separate and distinct annual requirement from the one-time American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Ethics course needed for initial licensure.

Course Description

This training has been created to help you meet the Virginia Board of Accountancy's (VBOA) annual 2-hour (100-minute) CPE requirement for 2017. In 2003, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring all CPAs subject to Virginia CPE requirements to take an annual Ethics CPE course. Each year, the VBOA provides an outline of topics to be included, which can be found at tinyurl.com/2017VBOAEthicsOutline (DOCX). 


  • Satisfies the 2017 VBOA Ethics CPE requirement and fulfills some requirements for the following jurisdictions:
    • Maryland: Satisfies 2 hours
    • North Carolina: Group study and on-demand versions satisfy 2 hours for CPAs licensed in Virginia and North Carolina who primarily work in Virginia 
    • Washington, D.C.: Satisfies 2 hours
    • West Virginia: Satisfies 2 hours
  • Relevant to Virginia CPAs working in public practice, industry, government, nonprofits and academia
  • Uses case-based instruction to consider relevant ethical dilemmas
  • Includes course materials which serve as reference resources

Learning Objectives

Developed using the VBOA's outline as the course framework, attendees will be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Identify the core ethical responsibilities a CPA has to the public and to his or her clients/employer
  • Differentiate between acceptable and non-acceptable behavior for Virginia CPAs as outlined in the AICPA Code of Conduct, Virginia statutes and regulations and other resources
  • Recall Virginia CPE rules and consequences
  • Recognize the impact of unlicensed activity to individuals and firms

The Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: NASBARegistry.org.

For more information regarding refund, complaint, program cancellation or other policies, visit vscpa.com/CPEPolicies or call (800) 733-8272.