Who Can Join
PSPA membership consists of Active, Associate and
Active Membership (Section 2)
To be eligible for Active Membership in this society,
an applicant must meet the requirements in Subsection
2A or one of the requirements under Subsection 2B:
- Subsection 2A - Possess a valid license as a Public
Accountant or Certified Public Accountant as defined
in the CPA Law, Act140 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Subsection 2B - Active Membership*
- Be accredited in Accountancy or Taxation by the
Accreditation Council for Accountancy.
- Be enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue
- Possesses a B.S. degree in accounting or business
administration with at least 12 semester hours in
- Possesses an associate degree with a major in accounting.
- An individual with five years of experience as
a principal in public accounting in his/her own firm,
a partner or officer in a public accounting firm or
an employee holding a responsible accounting position
in a public accounting firm.
*Members included in subsection a through e of Subsection
2B: Per Section12, Subsection(o) of Act140, It is unlawful
for any person to hold himself or itself out as a member
of any society, association or organization of certified
public accountants or public accountants, unless such
person holds a valid certificate of certified public
accountants issued by this Commonwealth or by some state
or is registered as a public accountant in this Commonwealth
or, in the case of a firm, is licensed under Section
8.8 of the Act.
All active members shall be required to obtain a minimum
of 48hours of continuing professional education during
each biennial renewal period to maintain their status
as active members.
Associate Membership (Section 3)
To be eligible for Associate Membership in this society,
an applicant must not meet any of the requirements under
Subsection 2A or 2B, and must meet the requirements
of any one of the following subsections:
- Individuals or employees of accounting firms or
tax practitioner firms who do not meet any of the
qualifications in Subsection 2A or 2B.
- Individuals in government, financial institutions,
private sector business, non-profit entities or educational
institutions whose primary duties are in the field
of accounting or taxation and do not have any of the
qualification in Subsection 2A or 2B.
- Individuals who are currectly registered as Federal
Registered Tax Return Preparers as defined by the Internal
All associate members shall be required to obtain
a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education during
each biennial renewal period to maintain status as an
Student Membership (Section 4)
To be eligible for Student Membership in this society,
an applicant must be a full time student pursuing a
course of study in accounting, business administration,
or related subjects in a college, university, or business
school. A full time student is a person who is enrolled
for the number of hours or courses the school considers
full time attendance. A person is not a full time student
if attending school only at night. (Full time student
is defined by IRC Reg. Section 1.151-3(b).
Active Membership: $185.00
Associate Membership: $185.00
Student Membership: $0