CTEC 20 Hour Renewal Course




The 20 Hour CTEC Continuing Education Course is designed for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTP) who want to renew their CTEC Registration before the October 31st renewal deadline. The course includes 10 hours of Federal Tax Law, 5 Hours of California Tax Law, 3 Hours of Tax Law Updates, and 2 Hours of Ethics. The course is delivered online via Video / Text Format. This means you have the option to either watch the video or read the text, or both! You can print the course material or purchase the course material in physical book format.
Down below, you must select which course delivery method you would like in order to enroll. You can choose the Online Video Course Only option or the Physical Book + Online Video Course option. We highly recommend purchasing the book as it can be used for not taking, scoring higher on the exams, and for being able to study while away from the computer.

  • This Course Is Now Delivered via Video Format!
  • The entire course can be done on a computer, tablet, or even a smartphone.
  • Unlimited time and attempts at the online exam.
  • We report your credits to CTEC for you, as well as the IRS for AFSP Credit.
  • Learn the New Tax Law in the Tax Cuts and Job Acts Reform Section
  • Instant Enrollment (Start taking the course immediately after purchase).
  • Instant Certificate Upon Course Completion.
  • Approved by CTEC & IRS.
  • No hidden fees.
  • No late fees for waiting last minute to complete course.
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Tax Course Central is a CTEC Approved Education Provider. Upon completion of your CTEC course, we will submit your information to the California Tax Education Council (CTEC), and depending on which CTEC course you’ve completed, you’ll then be able to either register or renew with CTEC.


If you have more than three people purchasing any of our courses together, give us a call at 800-654-1746 or send us an email at support@taxcoursecentral.com to receive a group discount offer.

Video Courses!

We now offer the CTEC 20 hour course and AFSP courses in Video/Text Format! The videos can be watched or listened to (audio book) on a computer, tablet, or even your smartphone! You can also read the courses if you prefer reading over watching videos.


We give students unlimited time to complete their CTEC courses as well as unlimited attempts to pass their CTEC course exams, so if you don’t pass on the first attempt, that’s okay, you can take it again. And we do not charge extra fees to retake your exams.


We will report your course completion to CTEC and the IRS once a week on Fridays. If you need your hours reported sooner, just give us a call and we will submit your hours right then and there for you. We do not charge extra fees to report your hours to CTEC or the IRS.

24 / 7 SUPPORT

Getting a hold of us is easy! You can call us, email us, or live chat with us 7 days a week. Phone Support is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time, and closed during the weekend. Live Chat is available 7 days a week. Support hours are extended during the last two weeks of October for CTEC Renewals.

Course Topics Include the Following:

Federal Tax Law Section – 10 Hours

  • General Filing Issues
  • Filing Status
  • Exemptions
  • Tax Payments
  • Types of Income
  • Exclusions
  • Divorce and Property Settlement Issues
  • Gains and Losses Sale or Disposition of Property
  • Adjustments to Income
  • Itemized Deductions


California Tax Law Section – 5 Hours

  • Residency Rules of California
  • California Adjustments to Income
  • California State Tax Depreciation
  • California Conformity
  • Special Topics
  • California State Additional Special Topics


Tax Law Updates – 3 Hours

  • Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2018 Tax Reform)
  • New Tax Brackets, and Credits
  • Crypto Currency Gaines and Losses Now Recognized by the IRS


Ethics – 2 Hour

  • Practice Professionals & Ethical Conduct
  • Sanctions for Violations of the Regulations
  • EITC Due Diligence

Our Courses Are Simple And Easy To Use

We know you have to take the 20-hour CTEC renewal course every year, so we’ve made sure to keep the entire process as simple as possible.

The CTEC renewal course consists of 4 main sections: 1. Federal Tax Law 2. California Tax Law 3. Tax Law Updates 4. Ethics. Each section has review questions and a Final exam. A passing score of 70% or higher is required to complete the exam. Once you pass the final exam, you can continue to the next section.

Once you’ve completed all the lessons, you will be given access to the Final Exam. And don’t worry, you have unlimited attempts to pass, so don’t sweat it if you don’t pass on your first try. You don’t have to take the entire exam in one sitting either, you’re able to take a break at any time and come back later, just make sure to save your progress before you leave.

Once you pass the Final Exam, your course will be considered complete and you will be given access to download/print your Certificate of Completion. We will then report your course completion to CTEC and the IRS, allowing you to renew your CTEC registration.


Book Option Now Available!

We recommend purchasing the course book if you are one who has trouble sitting in front of a computer for a long period of time and would rather have the freedom to take the course at a place of your own choosing. The biggest reason we recommend purchasing the physical book for the CTEC renewal course is the fact that it can be used while taking the final exam online, as the exams are “open-book”. It’s simply a great resource to have for a better way to study and a more confident way to pass the exam. Shipping time is 5-7 days, shipping cost is free.

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Important Information

Remember that all CTEC registered tax preparers are required to renew their registration with CTEC annually to legally prepare tax returns in California for a fee. It is the tax preparers responsibility to renew their registration with CTEC, not their employer, even if the employer has agreed to pay for their continuing education course.

Also remember that completing this course does not mean you have renewed with CTEC, you are also required to go to CTEC.org and fill out the renewal form and pay the $33 CTEC renewal fee after completing your 20 hours of CTEC Approved Continuing Education.

Important Reminder

All CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are required to take 20 hours CTEC Continuing Education annually in order to renew their CTEC registration by October 31st. Once you finish this course, you are still required to go to CTEC.org/Preparer/Logon/ ( <– Click Link ) to pay the $33 CTEC renewal fee and fill out the renewal form. 


Complete a 20 Hour CTEC Renewal Course each year.

Maintain a valid PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) from the IRS

Maintain a $5,000 tax preparer bond

Fill out the CTEC renewal form and pay the $33 CTEC renewal fee at CTEC.org

Don't forget to renew with CTEC again, enter your email and we'll send you 2 email reminders each year for free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take CTEC courses ?

If you wish to prepare taxes for a fee in the state of California, then you are required by state law to register with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). In order to register with CTEC, one must complete 60 hours of CTEC Approved Qualifying Education, and 20 hours of CTEC Approved Continuing Education by October 31st of every year. If you want to just prepare your own taxes, you do not need to take CTEC courses.

Do I need to take 20 hours of Continuing Education by 10/31 even if I just finished the 60 hour course in the same year?

Yes, if you registered with CTEC after completing your 60 hour tax course, then you will be required to renew your CTEC registration and have 20 hours of continuing education completed before October 31st. All CTEC Registered Tax Preparers are required to pay the $33 Renewal Fee with CTEC and have 20 hours of continuing education completed by October 31st every year.

If you fail to complete the 20 hours of C.E. or renew by October 31st, you’ll be required to pay a $55 late fee, and you will have until January 15th to complete your 20 hours of C.E. If you have not completed your 20 hours of C.E. by January 15th, you will be required to retake the CTEC 60 hour course and restart the registration process with CTEC.

Are your courses approved by CTEC & the IRS ?

Yes, both 60 and 20 hour courses are approved by CTEC (California Tax Education Council) and the IRS. You can find our company listed here – https://www.ctec.org/Payer/ApprovedProvider/

I forgot to renew with CTEC , do I need to take the 60 hour course again ?

Yes, if you forgot to take the 20 hour continuing education course and/or forgot to renew with CTEC by the January 15th final deadline, CTEC will require you to re start the entire registration process, which includes retaking the 60 hour qualifying education course. 

Do I need to take a state exam after completing this course ?

Nope, the only test you’ll need to take is already included in this course. You won’t have to leave your home to take the test, you can take it at the computer when ever you’re ready. And we give you unlimited time and attempts, so if you don’t pass, you can keep on retaking it.

Are your CTEC courses up to date ?

Absolutely. All of our courses are updated annually with any new tax laws and regulations that come out.

What makes your course better than others ?

What sets us apart from everyone else is the practicality we’ve integrated into our courses. We’ve made the course extremely user friendly for those who are not that familiar with computers. All you have to do to start the course is simply enter your username and password, and you’re in! There’s no complicated PDF forms or test answers you need to print and mail in, everything is done on our website.

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