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CTEC Approved Online Tax Courses

We are a proud provider of CTEC Approved Qualifying and Continuing Tax Education. We offer the  CTEC 60 Hour Qualifying Education Tax Course for those who are interested in becoming a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer, as well as the CTEC 20 Hour Continuing Education Course for those who are already registered with CTEC and need to renew. All of our courses are offered online in video/text format, which means you can watch the video or read the text, which ever you prefer. You can even watch the video and read the course at the same time! For those who love to read, you can purchase a physical copy of the course to your door, for just $30 extra and free shipping.  Be sure to select the “Online Course + Physical Book” option before clicking the “Buy Now” button. Need assistance of any kind? Feel free to give us a call at 800-654-1746. We’re open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm PST, and offer live chat and email support on the weekend.

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CTEC 60 Hour Course

was $149.95 Now: $99.95

ctec 60 hour qualifying education tax course.

If you want to learn everything there is to know about tax preparation and become a CRTP (CTEC Registered Tax Preparer) within the state of California, this course will fulfill your knowledge and CTEC requirements. Learn everything you need to know to become the most successful tax preparer you can be by enrolling today. This course is approved by the California Tax Education Council.

CTEC Approved
45 Hours Federal Tax Law
15 Hours California Tax Law
Qualifying Education For New Tax Preparers
Physical Book Option Available + $30

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CTEC 20 Hour Renew Course

was $79.95 Now: $49.95

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If you  are already a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer and need to take 20 Hours of CTEC Approved Continuing Education, this is the course for you! This course allows you to renew with CTEC and also with the IRS for the AFSP Record of Completion (PTIN Renewals). We report hours to CTEC/IRS within 24 hours of course completion.

CTEC Approved
10 Hours Federal Tax Law
5 Hours California Tax Law
3 Hours Tax Law Updates + 2 Hours Ethics
Good for CTEC Credit and Federal PTIN Credit Renewals

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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 to receive a group discount offer.


The CTEC 60 Hour Qualifying Education Tax Course comes in text and audio book options only. The CTEC 20 Hour Renewal Course comes in Video and/or Text and/or Audio Book options.


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 within 24 hours of completing your course. 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.

24 / 7 SUPPORT

Getting a hold of us is easy! Phone Support is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm PST, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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 –

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.

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.

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

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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