Membership FAQs

I've submitted my application for membership in the WICPA. Now what?

In most cases, applications for WICPA membership will be active immediately after processed within 24 hours after they are received.

What is the annual dues cycle for membership?

WICPA membership dues are billed annually in March for the coming membership year of May 1 – April 30. If you are joining after May 31, dues amounts will be prorated.

Do I have to be a CPA to be a member of the WICPA?

The WICPA has membership categories for CPAs and non-CPAs. The WICPA provides professional development, networking and events for all accounting and business professionals, as well as students and educators. See Membership Categories and Descriptions. 

What is the cost of membership?

The WICPA Board of Directors determines the dues amount each year. See Membership Categories and Descriptions..

What forms of payment do you accept for dues, CPD programs, donations, classified ads, etc.?

We accept checks payable to the WICPA or credit cards including, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

Do you have auto-pay for my annual dues renewal?

Convenient automatic payment options will be coming soon to make membership renewal seamless and easy.

I've joined, now how do I get involved?

The WICPA offers a variety of ways for members to be involved in the organization and your community. You can network with members and other business professionals by attending our professional development and social events, or by joining a committee. Coming soon, you will also be able to engage in conversation with your peers through Connect, the WICPA social community.

How do i notify the WICPA if my work status or contact information has changed?

Address and contact information changes can be made online in your Profile. Employment status changes such as retirement, working part-time and leave of absence can be made by contacting the WICPA Membership Team at 262-785-0445 or membership@wicpa.org.

How can I determine if my membership dues are current?

You can view your membership dues balance in your WICPA Member Profile.

I've paid my annual WICPA membership dues but now I received a notice to renew my CPA license. Aren't these the same thing?

WICPA membership dues and the license renewal are two separate fees and two separate organizations. The license renewal is a biannual fee charged by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and is necessary to keep an active CPA license in Wisconsin. Contact DSPS at 608-266-2112 or click here. WICPA membership dues are invoiced yearly by the WICPA.

How do I check when my state CPA license expires?

You can check the expiration date of your Wisconsin CPA license through the Wisconsin DSPS license search.

I would like to resign my WICPA membership. How do I go about this and does this affect my license status?

You can resign your WICPA membership by phone at 262-785-0445 ext. 4502; by email at jessica@wicpa.org; or by written notice to WICPA, W233N2080 Ridgeview Parkway, Suite 201, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Membership with the WICPA does not affect licensing status. A resigned member may reinstate membership with a reinstatement fee of $30. A new application may need to be completed.

I've left my current position and will begin work at another firm or company. Can I keep my membership?

Yes. Your WICPA membership follows you through your renewal date. When you begin your new position, please update your Profile online or contact us at 262-785-0445 to update your membership record information.

Are my WICPA membership dues tax-deductible?

WICPA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for U.S. federal income tax purposes, but they may be deductible as a business expense. WICPA estimates that 2% of your dues are not deductible because WICPA’s lobbying activities on behalf of its members.

What are the CPD membership requirements?

All WICPA members, with the exception of students and retired members, are required to complete:

  1. A minimum of 20 CPD credits annually
  2. 80 CPD credits, including 3 ethics credits, during each 2-year reporting period

I joined in the middle of the year, do I still need to complete the full CPD requirement?

New members do not need to complete the CPD requirements for the join year. However, you must complete a minimum of 40 credits the following year, including 3 Ethics credits.

Do I need to comply with the CPD membership requirement if I am a student or retired?

Students do not need to comply with the CPD membership requirement until they move to Affiliate or CPA membership status. Retired members (working less than 1,000 hours year) are not required to meet the CPD membership requirement.

What happens if I do not meet my CPD membership requirements?

In the event CPD membership requirements are not met, membership will be terminated. Requests for an extension or waiver with a reasonable explanation such as health conditions, foreign residency, military service, and stay-at-home parent can be submitted and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also see CPD requirements and FAQs for more information.

Who can I contact at the WICPA with additional questions?

You can email membership@wicpa.org with your questions or contact Jessica Murphy at 262-785-0445, ext. 4502.