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CPE Requirements

According to the AICPA, “Continuing professional education is required for CPAs to maintain their professional competence and provide quality professional services.”  And that’s why you’re here.  Because CPE is required for the profession.

But what are the requirements?

Unfortunately, the CPE requirements vary by state.  We’re currently working on documenting each state’s requirements, so be sure to stop back here later if you’re looking for information specific to your state.

Documentation Requirements

Participants must document their claims of CPE credit. Examples of acceptable evidence of completion
include:

  • For group and independent study programs, a certificate or other verification supplied by the CPE program sponsor.
  • For self-study programs, a certificate supplied by the CPE program sponsor after satisfactory completion of an examination.
  • For instruction credit, appropriate supporting documentation that complies with the requirements of the respective state boards subject to the guidelines in Standard 15 in Standards for CPE Program Measurement.
  • For a university or college course that is successfully completed for credit, a record or transcript of the grade the participant received.
  • For university or college non-credit courses, a certificate of attendance issued by a representative of the university or college.
  • For published articles, books, or CPE programs, (1) a copy of the publication (or in the case of a CPE program, course development documentation) that names the writer as author or contributor, (2) a statement from the writer supporting the number of CPE hours claimed, and (3) the name and contact information of the independent reviewer(s) or publisher.