The very first step to becoming a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) is to complete a New Preparer Application with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC). There are three (3) steps to this process:
STEP 1 – Complete the New Preparer Application online at the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) website. Click here to go to the application page.
STEP 2 – Complete the Live Scans Process. You must pass a background check and undergo a fingerprinting scan (Live Scan Process) in order to register with CTEC. Click here for more information on this step.
STEP 3 – CTEC Notification of Live Scan Approval or Denial. Click here for more information on this step.
NOTE: You have the option to start your required 60-Hour Qualifying Education (QE) Course before beginning the New Preparer Online Application; however, if you take the 60-Hour QE Course but do NOT pass the new CTEC requirements of a background check and fingerprinting procedure (Live Scan), you will not be able to register with CTEC. If you purchase the 60 hour QE course with California Tax Courses, but do NOT pass your background check, we will issue you a full refund as long as proof of CTEC Denial is provided to us.