Virginia-Specific Ethics Course 2018

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 2018 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 2018. 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/2018VBOAEthicsOutline (DOCX). 


  • Satisfies the 2018 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:

  • Summarize updates and changes to statutes, regulations and policies Virginia CPAs must adhere to
  • Implement the Code of Professional Conduct when faced with ethical dilemmas
  • Monitor the changes happening in the world and how they affect the work CPA professionals perform

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.