California Tax Education Council

Welcome to the CTEC Preparer Registration and Personal Account website.

CTEC has a NEW Login Process

CTEC is discontinuing the use of Last 6 of SSN and Last Name for preparer login accounts.  All Preparers will now create a User ID and Password to use for logging into the CTEC system.

New Preparers or Existing Preparers that have not created a User ID and Password yet:

  • Enter your Last Name for the User ID and Last 6 of SSN for the Password below.  You will then be required to create a User ID and Password to be used for accessing the Preparer system.  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 User ID and Password?

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