California Tax Education Council

Welcome to the CTEC Preparer Registration and Personal Account website.


New Preparers or Existing Preparers that have not created a User ID and Password since August 1, 2019:

  • Enter below your Last Name for the User ID and the Last 6 of your SSN for the Password.  Once you have logged on you will then be required to create a NEW User ID and NEW Password to be used for accessing your Preparer Account.  You will also be required to enter a Password Reset Email Address which will be used to send password reset emails to you in case you forgot your password.

Already Created your NEW User ID and NEW Password?

  • Enter your NEW User ID and NEW Password below to access your account.  You will no longer be able to login using the Last 6 Digits of your SSN and your Last Name.

Need to Reset Your Password?

  • Click the reset your password link below and enter your User ID or CTEC ID and we will send you an email with instructions and a link to view your User ID and create a new password.  Password Reset links are only valid for a 24 hour period.


You must be a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) or have 60-hours of Qualifying Education completed and submitted by a CTEC Approved Provider in order to access this system. 

Click here to find a list of CTEC Approved Education Providers -->  Approved Education Providers


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Click here if you are having trouble with your new User ID or need to reset your password? 

Having trouble registering?

If you recently completed your education please allow 10 days for the education provider to report the completion of your education to CTEC.

If it's been more than 10 days and your unable to login, there could be an error with your SSN or spelling of your last name.  Contact CTEC for assistance at 877-850-2832.