Louisiana CPA CPE Requirements and Courses

Louisiana CPA CPE requirementsTo maintain an active CPA license in Louisiana, certified public accountants have to fulfill a CPE requirement on a triennial basis.

Here is a summary for your reference:

Louisiana CPA CPE Requirements

The CPE credits have to be accumulated during a reporting period, which ends on Dec 31. The current reporting cycle is Jan 2013 to Dec 2015.

Please note that a renewal notices will be mailed to your address in early November. You’ve got to remember the renewal because there is no grace period to practice on an expired license.

Within these 3 years, the CPAs registered in Louisiana should fulfill at least 120 hours of accounting continuing education.

Specific Requirements

  • *Important* The LA state board only accepts “interactive” individual study CPE courses — online webinars are generally fine. The board defines acceptable individual study programs as those that are “self-study programs [that] stimulate a classroom learning process by providing ongoing responses and evaluation to the learner.”
  • If you practice audits or attestations, you need at least 8 hours in Auditing and Accounting.
  • At least 4 hours of Board-approved ethics courses (please see the CPE page link below for details).
  • No more than 20 hours can be related to personal development.
  • No more than 20 hours per year for the completion of credentialing exams.
  • A maximum of 20 hours per year for being an instructor, speaker, or lecturer.
  • No more than 10 hours per year for publishing books and other material.
  • CPE can be waived if you have applied for the “CPA inactive” status.

Further Information

You can also contact State Board of CPAs of Louisiana for general licensing and CPE information:

  • Address: 601 Poydras Street, Suite 1770, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Phone: (504) 566-1244

Where Can I Take These Accounting CPE Courses?

I have an entire post dedicated to the best CPA CPE options. And in the post, you’ll find links to CPE discounts, too.

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