In many jurisdictions, CPAs must engage in continuing professional education (CPE) to maintain their license. Continuing education is important—it helps us review concepts we don’t often use and updates us on new regulations that affect the accounting profession. But with Becker CPE courses, you can stay in the know.
The AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) publish standards for CPEs, which you can access online. For example, the AICPA recommends that you get 120 hours of CPE over a 3-year period.
However, each jurisdiction can set their own CPE requirements, and they can really differ. The number of hours that you need over a certain amount of time depends on the standards of your Board of Accountancy. Plus, some states even require that your CPE credits fall into certain subject areas. (I have more specific information in another full-length article, CPA CPE Requirements on Reporting and Credit Hours.)
Let’s look at just a few examples to give you an idea of how much the CPE requirements for CPAs are varied:
If your Board of Accountancy isn’t on this list, consult the full state list.
Again, the calculations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so it’s always best to consult with your State Board of Accountancy. But most states and territories use the following formula recommended by the AICPA:
So for example, if you enrolled in a semester-long 3-hour course at your local college, you could earn 45 CPE hours. Some jurisdictions also count self-study courses, attending live webinars, or teaching experience. So again, it’s important to understand your specific requirements since it will take some planning to fit these requirements into your already busy schedule.
Some CPA Exam review course providers offer courses that help you meet your CPE requirements. If you can’t—or just don’t want to—enroll in a course at your local college or take the time to find appropriate continuing education opportunities, enrolling in a CPE course is a convenient way to meet your requirements.
Plus, if you enroll in a CPE course from an industry-trusted provider, like Becker CPA, you know that you’re getting access to high-quality materials that are going to be relevant to your daily work life.
However, not all jurisdictions accept CPE credits from all CPE course providers. Boards of Accountancy have high standards for CPE hours. These standards ensure that CPAs provide the highest level of professional accounting services. Therefore, it’s important to find a CPE course that is endorsed by your state.
You probably know the Becker brand from your days studying for the CPA Exam. Becker has been providing CPA Exam reviews for over 60 years and has become the industry’s gold standard for education.
Becker also provides CPE courses. The content is created and taught by some of the industry’s leading instructors. Plus, the material is regularly updated to give you CPE hours in the field’s most pressing current issues and new regulations.
Becker has designed its CPE courses to update you on the latest topics in the field. You can review new tax laws and the latest standards in accounting practices and ethics. Becker’s CPE courses come in two formats: live webcasts and on-demand videos.
The live webcasts have a regular schedule to help you plan ahead. They air weekdays at 9AM, 2PM, and 7PM (all CST). There’s also a “lunch and learn” series on weekdays at noon CST. If you prefer to do your CPE hours on the weekend, Becker has options for that, too.
I encourage you to browse the Becker CPE catalog to get a feel for the topics covered.
In addition to the webcasts, Becker also has over 600 on-demand courses that come with more than 1,000 hours of CPE credits. The courses reflect 18 different study areas from accounting and auditing to information, taxes, and personal development as a CPA. To learn more, you can access the Becker CPE catalog online.
Becker has CPE packages at several price points.
If you just need a few CPE hours, you can purchase individual Becker CPE courses. You can find the list of offerings here.
Or, if you need more comprehensive CPE support, Becker has packages with different levels of content access. The smallest package—Essentials—comes with webcasts with live Q&A sessions and access to on-demand courses and other downloadable course content for 90 days. This option is best if you just need to finish a few more CPE hours. Or, this is a good option if you are looking for a limited amount of high-quality material in a particular subject area.
I recommend the highest CPA CPE Becker package, the Prime. You have access to all of the great material in the Essentials package like the webcasts and on-demand courses. But, you’ll also gain access to exclusive, premium content that is only available to Prime members. Becker has also designed ethics courses or Prime members catered to individual jurisdictions. And, with a Prime package, you have access for an entire year.
Actually, I know a lot of CPAs who annually renew their Prime Becker subscription so that they can continually work on CPE hours. They also use Becker as a one-stop-shop when they need information about how changes in current regulations affect their careers.
All of Becker’s CPE courses are written and taught by seasoned professionals. They come from all sections of the field: public and non-public accounting, consulting, and academia. So, you’ll benefit from the depth of their knowledge.
You can choose from live webcasts or on-demand lectures depending on how much time you can commit to CPE on a given day. Plus, you can choose from courses with 1-8 CPE credit hours.
One of the easiest ways to meet your CPE requirements is to work at them little by little. And frankly, this method helps your overall career because you are constantly updating yourself on regulations. Plus, you’re always learning new ways to sharpen your skills.
Becker’s “Lunch and Learn” series presents webcasts every day at noon CST. You can watch these short webcasts and work towards your CPE credits on a daily basis.
Becker’s CPE course topics are always timely. Becker won’t waste your time on information you don’t need right now to succeed as a CPA. For example, do you know the nuances of the CARES Act and the Families Coronavirus Response Act? Are you familiar with other recent legislation that responds to the COVID-19 pandemic? Becker covers these topics and more.
Not all CPE courses are recognized by all 55 Boards of Accountancy. To help you find a reliable course, NASBA publishes a National Registry of CPE Sponsors. It lists the courses that meet NASBA’s guidelines for CPE content. Becker Professional Education is included in the registry. Therefore, Becker’s CPE courses are accepted by most jurisdictions. (But remember, double-check in your state before your window to complete your hours expires.)
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With providers like Becker on the market, it’s not necessarily hard to get your CPE hours. In fact, with Becker’s convenient webcasts, on-demand CPE lectures, and the daily “Lunch and Learn” series, it’s easy to meet your CPE requirements. Plus, you’ll have the confidence that comes with staying in the know and sharpening your accounting skills.
There are other options for CPA CPE if Becker isn’t the best choice for you.
If you still have questions, please never hesitate to contact me. I love hearing from my readers!
I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!