California Tax Preparer Continuing Education

We are an approved Continuing Education Provider for California Tax Preparers. Our CTEC approval number is 6258. You can find us on the Approved Education Providers page as @ 1st Attempt.

We will report your CE credits to CTEC and you will be able to print out your certificate upon completion.


California 20 Hour Tax Preparer Continuing Education Course

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This course will satisfy the required 20 hours of Continuing Education for California Tax Preparers for 2020. It will cover the required topics of ethics, federal updates, federal tax law, and California-specific tax law.

4.6 601 Reviews

5 Hour California Tax Law Course

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In this class we will specifically address 2020 California tax law. We will start with an overview of the federal tax changes which will affect tax returns, and look at how California does or does not conform to them.

4.5 184 Reviews

2 Hour Ethics for California Tax Preparers

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In our Ethics class, we'll cover terms that will be used when referencing ethics, ethical duties of tax preparers, unethical tax actions and their consequences, and what a sample code of professional responsibility for tax preparers looks like.

4.6 129 Reviews

10 Hour Federal Tax Law Course

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In our 10-hour class, we'll cover the federal tax topics of credits, adjustments to income, and schedules C, F, J and SE as they operate in the 2020 tax year. Credits are offered for a number of different things, including dependent family members, work-related expenses, qualifying elderly or disabled persons, and more.

4.3 46 Reviews

3 Hour Federal Tax Law Updates

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Our Federal Filing Requirements and Dates class will cover the basic guidelines and requirements for completing a compliant tax return in the 2020 tax year. The topics start with the basics of preparing a tax return, who must file and different filing statuses, as well as what forms and electronic filing options are available, alternative filing deadlines and extensions, and refunds and penalties.

4.7 73 Reviews

Continuing Education Requirements for CA Tax Preparers

California Tax Return Preparers are required to have renewed their registration with CTEC by October 31st, Every Year. In order to renew your registration you must have completed continuing education. In California, 20 hours of continuing education are required and of those hours:

  • 15 Hours must be on Federal Curricula
    • 2 hours of Ethics
    • 3 Hours of Tax Law Updates
    • 10 Hours of Federal Tax Topics
  • 5 Hours must be on California Tax Curricula

Our courses and packages are designed to allow you to be able to easily renew your registration and continue to do what you do best.

Agency Requirements for licensure

California State Approval Letters

August 6, 2018


At Your Pace Online, LLC dba @ 1st Attempt

1383 2nd Ave. Gold Hill, OR 97525

Attn: Tony Bowers

RE: Correction submitted - 2018 New Provider Application for CE Self-Study Course – Provider #6258

As requested in our correspondence dated June 26, 2018, CTEC has received and reviewed the revised information submitted by At Your Pace Online, LLC dba @ 1st Attempt, regarding the above referenced course and has determined that the information submitted corrects the deficiencies identified during CTEC’s initial review. Your status as a CTEC approved education provider is, therefore, approved on condition you continue to abide by all CTEC education standards for this and other courses you offer. CTEC has the authority under CP28(e) to review, by audit, additional courses you offer.

Maintaining your status as an approved curriculum provider is dependent upon conforming to the policies, procedures and standards of the California Tax Education Council, including Chapter 14 (Sections 22250-22259) of the California Business & Professions Code, which can be found on our website.

  • Your CTEC Provider number is 6258. 
  • You are authorized to offer Continuing Education (Self-study courses).
  • This approval automatically expires on June 30, 2021.

If you have any questions not covered in this mailing, please contact Tabitha Bolkish in the CTEC office. We look forward to working with you to implement, enhance and enforce meaningful guidelines for the education of tax preparers.

Thank you for your continuing efforts to provide quality education to the tax preparer community.


Ruth H. Godfrey Chair, Curriculum Provider Standards Committee California Tax Education Council (CTEC)