CPE Requirements

Arizona State Board of Accountancy CPE Requirements

R4‐1‐453. Continuing Professional Education

  1. Measurement Standards. The Board shall use the following standards to measure the hours of credit given for CPE programs completed by an individual registrant.
    1. A class hour shall consist of a minimum of 50 continuous minutes of instruction and a half class hour shall consist of a minimum of 25 continuous minutes of instruction. CPE credit shall be given in half‐hour increments for periods of not less than one class hour. Credit shall not be allowed for repeat participation in any seminar or course during the registration period.
    2. Courses taken at colleges and universities apply toward the CPE requirement as follows: a. Each semester ‐ system credit hour is worth 15 CPE credit hours, b. Each quarter ‐ system credit hour is worth 10 CPE credit hours, and c. Each noncredit class hour is worth one CPE credit hour.
    3. Each correspondence program hour is worth one CPE credit hour.
    4. Acting as a lecturer or discussion leader in a CPE program, including college courses, may be counted as CPE credit. The Board shall determine the amount of credit on the basis of actual presentation hours, and shall allow CPE credit for preparation time that is less than or equal to the presentation hours. A registrant may only claim as much preparation time as is actually spent for a presentation. Total credit earned under this subsection for service as a lecturer or discussion leader, including preparation time may not exceed 40 credit hours of the renewal period's requirement. Credit is limited to only one presentation of any seminar or course with no credit for repeat teaching of that course.
    5. Writing and publishing articles or books that contribute to the accounting profession may be counted for a maximum of 20 hours of CPE credit during each renewal period. a. Credit may be earned for writing accounting material not used in conjunction with a seminar if the material addresses an audience of certified public accountants, is at least 3,000 words in length, and is published by a recognized third‐party publisher of accounting material or a sponsor. b. For each 3,000 words of original material written, the author may earn two credit hours. Multiple authors may share credit for material written.
    6. A registrant may earn a combined maximum of 40 hours of CPE credit under subsections (A)(4) and (5) above during each renewal period.
    7. A registrant may earn a maximum of 20 hours of CPE during each renewal period by completing introductory computer‐related courses. Computer‐related courses may qualify as consulting services pursuant to subsection (C).
  2. Programs that Qualify. CPE credit may be given for a program that provides a formal course of learning at a professional level and contributes directly to the professional competence of participants. 1. The Board shall accept a CPE course as qualified if it: a. Is developed by persons knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter, b. Provides written outlines or full text, c. Is administered by an instructor or organization knowledgeable in the program, and d. Uses teaching methods consistent with the study program. 2. The Board shall accept a correspondence program which includes online or computer based programs if the sponsors maintain written records of each student's participation and records of the program outline for three years following the conclusion of the program. 3. An ethics program taught or developed by an employer or co‐worker of a registrant does not qualify for the ethics requirements of (C)(4).
  3. Hour Requirement. As a prerequisite to registration pursuant to A.R.S. § 32‐730(C) or to reactivate from inactive status pursuant to A.R.S. § 32‐730.01, a registrant shall complete the CPE requirements during the two‐year period immediately before registration as specified under subsections (C)(1) through (C)(5). For registration periods of less than two years CPE may be prorated, with the exception of ethics.
    1. A registrant whose last registration period was for two years shall complete 80 hours of CPE.
    2. A registrant shall complete a minimum of 50 percent of the required hours in the subject areas of accounting, auditing, taxation, business law, or consulting services with a minimum of 16 hours in the subject areas of accounting, auditing, or taxation.
    3. A registrant shall complete a minimum of 16 of the required hours: a. In a classroom setting, b. Through an interactive live webinar, or c. By acting as a lecturer or discussion leader in a CPE program, including college courses.
    4. A registrant shall complete four hours of CPE in the subject area of ethics. The four hours required by this subsection shall include a minimum of one hour of each of the following subjects: a. Ethics related to the practice of accounting including the Code of Professional Conduct of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and b. Board statutes and administrative rules.
    5. A registrant shall report total CPE hours completed for the registration period. Hours that exceed the number required for the current registration period may not be carried forward to a subsequent registration period. Any CPE hours completed to vacate a suspension for nonregistration or for noncompliance with CPE requirements may not be used to meet CPE requirements for the registration period.
    6. As a prerequisite to reactivate from retired status or reinstate from cancelled, expired, relinquished or revoked status, an applicant shall complete up to 160 hours of CPE during the four‐year period immediately before application to reactivate or reinstate. For periods of less than four years CPE may be prorated, with the exception of ethics.
      1. An applicant shall complete a minimum of 50 percent of the required hours in the subject areas of accounting, auditing, taxation, business law, or consulting services with a minimum of 32 hours in the subject areas of accounting, auditing or taxation.
      2. An applicant shall complete a minimum of 32 hours of the required hours: i. In a classroom setting, ii. Through an interactive live webinar, or iii. By acting as a lecturer or discussion leader in a CPE program, including college courses.
      3. An applicant shall complete eight hours of CPE in the subject area of ethics. The eight hours required by this subsection shall include a minimum of one hour of each of the following subjects. The following subjects shall be completed during the two‐year period immediately preceding application for reactivation or reinstatement: i. Ethics related to the practice of accounting including the Code of Professional Conduct of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and ii. Board statutes and administrative rules.
  4. Reporting: An applicant for reinstatement, a registrant who is subject to an audit, or a registrant completing their registration must report the following details about their completed CPE:
    1. Sponsoring organization;
    2. Number of CPE credit hours;
    3. Title of program or description of content; and
    4. Dates attended.
  5. In addition to the information required under subsection (D), an applicant for reinstatement from cancelled, expired, relinquished or revoked status, or a registrant subject to a CPE audit pursuant to subsection (G) shall provide evidence of completed CPE as required to be maintained by subsection (F).
  6. CPE Record Retention: A registrant shall maintain for three years from the date their registration application was dated as received by the Board and provide the Board upon request the following documents: course outlines and certificates of completion that include registrant’s name, course provider or sponsor, course title, credit hours and date of completion.
  7. CPE audits: The Board, at its discretion, may conduct audits of a registrant’s CPE and require that the registrant provide the CPE records that the registrant is required to maintain under subsection (F) to verify compliance with CPE requirements.
  8. The Board may grant a full or partial exemption from CPE requirements on demonstration of good cause for a disability for only one registration period.