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Interactive CPE Course – What Makes a CPE Course Interactive?

Certified Public Accountants searching for self-study courses online may notice that some courses are marked as "interactive", some as "non-interactive" and some have There is no indication one way or the other. Many CPAs are concerned about which courses they should choose, as well as which courses are considered acceptable CPEs for the renewal of their CPA license.

Definition of an interactive CPE Course

Interactive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses for CPAs are self-study courses that include three elements:

1. Course Study Guide.

2. With Review Exam

-Reaction to wrong responses,

– Reinforcement feedback and correct responses

–At least 3 questions were issued per CPE credit hour.

3. Final Exam

– Minimum passing grade of at least 70% and

–At least 5 questions were issued per CPE credit hour.

Who Takes Self Study CPE Course?

Like most professionals, CPAs must continue vocational education courses every one to three years to maintain their professional license. Recent statistics indicate that about 20% of the CPA courses taken are self-study, which is significantly higher than ten years ago when only 5% of the CPE courses were self-study.

Why are some courses interactive, and some are not?

To increase the effectiveness of self-study CPE courses, two national professional organizations issued a Statement on Standards for CPE Programs, which requires that self-study CPE courses be "interactive," as defined above.

CPE requirements for CPAs are governed by the state accounting board of the state in which they are licensed – and less than half of state boards require that self-study CPEs comply with interactive requirements issued by AICPA/NASBA. Only a handful of states require that a CPE provider be registered with the NASBA as an approved sponsor.