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What Counts for CPE and What you Need to Prove Attendance

02/07/2020 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

So what counts for CPE?  The specifics from the ND Board of Accountancy Rules are listed below.  If the State Board requests back up for your CPE you should be able to provide proof of attendance.  In many cases that might be a CPE certificate but you can also provide an attendance form from the class or verification from the course provider.  The Society can send you a copy of your reporting form (if you have misplaced yours).  We can also print a signed transcript (this is preferred by the MN State Board of Accountancy).

In the future the ND Board of Accountancy is planning to participate in a NASBA system where you would record your CPE and immediately upload that proof of attendance.  So keep those records in order!!  The Society is planning to upload our CPE information directly into the NASBA system so those records would already be uploaded.  It's anticipated that this new reporting system would be in place for the June 2021 reporting deadline. 

The overriding consideration in determining if a specific program qualifies as a continuing education program is if it is a formal program of learning which contributes directly to professional competence. The program must also meet the specifications below.

1. Formal programs requiring class attendance may qualify only if:
a.  An outline is prepared in advance and is preserved;
b. The program is at least one-fifth continuing education credit-hour in length;
c. The program is conducted by a qualified instructor; and
d. A record of registration or attendance is maintained.

2. Formal programs not requiring class attendance (self-study), may qualify only if:

a. A program syllabus is prepared in advance and is preserved;
b. The program is at least one-fifth continuing education credit-hour in length;
c. Program materials are prepared by qualified authors;
d. The program is offered and administered by an appropriate sponsor; and
e. Records of registration and documented completion are maintained.

3. Programs offered by organizations registered in the NASBA national registry of CPE sponsors qualify for continuing education provided they meet the requirements of this article.

If you have questions about any of these requirements, the Society can try to help.  However, the final say will be determined by the North Dakota Board of Accountancy.  They can be reached at 701-775-7100 or 800-539-5904.


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