CPA Requirements

All certified public accountants (CPAs) practicing in the United States must first pass an entry-level CPA exam that tests their accounting knowledge and skills. After successful completion of this CPA exam, accountants must meet state requirements for licensure. These CPA requirements include education, experience, and ethics.

Accounting Continuing Professional Education

After obtaining their licenses, accountants must receive continuing professional education and develop new skills. To prove this, accountants must obtain mandatory accounting continuing professional education (CPE) credits in order to maintain their membership in the AICPA and keep up their licenses in their home states.

Example: Some states such as Texas require accountants to complete 120 hours of accounting CPE credit within a 3-year period. A minimum of 20 accounting CPEs must be earned each year.

Each state has minimum accounting CPE requirements. To view the CPA CPE requirements for continuing professional education in your state, please visit www.learningmarket.org.

Online National Registry Courses

The ERI Distance Learning Center offers online courses that focus on the field of compensation administration. The material covered in these CPE courses is crucial to the practice of an accountant, as payroll expenditures account for 2/3 of many organizations' budgets. Accountants who have a firm grasp on the field of compensation can better serve their clients, increasing their value to their current and future accounting employers. These online CPE courses can be an excellent resource for your career development and accounting CPE continuing professional education.

CPE National Registry Credits

Thirty-four Distance Learning Center online courses provide continuing professional education, National Registry QAS Self Study, credits.

Accountants who wish to view a list of Distance Learning Center courses that provide QAS Self Study credits in their states should use our National Registry QAS Self Study course list. All Distance Learning Center CPE courses are worth 1-3 hours of CPE credit.

CPE Credits Administration

In order to pass an online course final exam for National Registry QAS Self Study credit, you must receive a score of at least 70%. Due to accreditation regulations, the Distance Learning Center is NOT allowed to communicate your final score to you. You will only receive notification of "pass" or "fail."

For more information about Distance Learning Center online National Registry QAS Self Study courses and credits administration, please email: contact.dlc@erieri.com.

World at Work CPE Sponsors - Registry CPE Sponsors - QAS CCC CAC

The ERI Distance Learning Center is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/