Policies & Procedures

CPE Requirements

LCPA does not have any CPE requirements for membership, but we provide continuing education that complies with the outside CPE regulatory bodies that govern our members:

CPE Registration Policies

LCPA’s CPE is subject to various registration fees based on member status and date of registration. Please review our comprehensive CPE Registration Policy for more information.

CPE Credit

To calculate CPE credit, 50 minutes of instruction is equal to one CPE credit. After at least one 50-minute hour credit has been earned, half credits (of 25 minutes) are permitted. When the total program minutes are greater than 50, but not equally divisible by 50, the CPE credits granted must be rounded down to the nearest one-half credit. Visit the State Board's website for more details (see §1309. Credit Hours Granted).

CPE Reporting Period – New State Board Rule Changes Effective Jan 1, 2016

(Excerpted from the State Board's website.)

Starting January 1, 2016, for the 2016 reporting year, Louisiana licensed CPAs will be required to report CPE hours annually to the State Board during the annual renewal process instead of every third year as currently required.

Conceptually, each CPA should earn 40 hours each year. There will continue to be minimum requirements for those CPAs who perform attest services, and annual limits on hours earned in areas like personal development, presentation and teaching, publishing, etc.

To allow for flexibility, Louisiana licensed CPAs will be required to earn and report a minimum of 20 hours of CPE each year.

Equally important is that the current year’s reported CPE hours will be combined with the preceding year’s reported CPE hours (starting with the 2017 reporting year); the total CPE hours earned and reported for that rolling 2-year period must equal at least 80 hours. Going forward in any given year, the sum of that current year’s hours and the prior year’s hours must always equal at least 80 hours. As noted above, conceptually each CPA should earn 40 hours each year.

The new State Board rules (Chapter 13 only) can be accessed here.

Course Times

Unless otherwise noted:
  • 8-hour courses are from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • 4-hour courses are either 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:00 – 4:30 pm

For more information, please contact LCPA’s Member Service Center at 504.464.1040, or toll-free at 800.288.5272, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT.

Early Bird Discounts

A discount is often given for registrations received at least two weeks prior to the course date. Fees are assessed by when the transactions are RECEIVED, not when the item was mailed or postmarked. The early bird expiration date listed on all course descriptions is two weeks before the course date, notincluding the actual course date.

If registering less than a week before the course, members should fax, call or go online to register. Registrations received after the early bird expiration date will be charged an additional $50.00 late fee per course.

Non-Member Surcharges

Non-members fees are $100/8-hour, $50/4-hour, and $25/2-hour course. This applies to all CPAs who are not members of LCPA or a reciprocal state CPA society. Non-certified staff of LCPA members and LCPA applicants qualify for the discounted member rate.Upon registration, the staff member or CPA applicant must identify themselves as such. The reciprocal state registrant cannot reside in Louisiana.

Cancellation Charges

There is no fee if your cancellation is received at least 10 business days prior to the course date. After that, fees are assessed to cover the cost of pre-ordered materials and facility guarantees for meals, etc. Within 10 business days of the course date, cancellation fees are $35/8-hour course, $20/4-hour course, and $10/2-hour course.

Transfers

You may transfer your registration from one course to another, however additional fees may apply.If the transfer is within 10 working days prior to the original course date.

No-Shows

NO REFUND will be given when registrants fail to show up, without cancelling prior to the course.

Educator Discount

Full-time accounting educators can attend CPE courses at a 50% discount by meeting the following requirements:

  • Society membership
  • Employment as a full-time instructor in a Louisiana institute of higher education
  • May not have a part-time practice

On-Site Coordinator Discount – Save up to 50%

For courses held in any location, including Kenner, Course Coordinators receive 50% off the already discounted member rate. In exchange, Course Coordinators serve as the on-site LCPA representative, handling registration, distributing materials, and collecting attendance verification cards. (Does not apply to conferences and selected workshops.)

Click on the locations below to learn more about hotel information.

  • Alexandria

    Holiday Inn Downtown

    701 4th Street • 318.541.8333
    Rate: $119 Single/Double
    To secure rate identify yourself as a member of Society of LA CPAs.

  • Baton Rouge

    Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge

    4728 Constitution Ave. • 225.925.2244
    Rate: $109 Single/Double
    Group Code: IPMJE

    Baton Rouge Marriott

    5500 Hilton Avenue • 225.924.5000

  • Kenner/Metairie

    Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport

    2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd • 504.467.3111
    Rates: $124 Single/Double
    Group Code: LP20
    Note: At check-in, you receive a complimentary coupon for the breakfast buffet.

    Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport

    4535 Williams Blvd • 504.712.0504
    Rate: $119
    To secure rate mention Society of Louisiana CPAs.

  • Lafayette

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

    1521 W. Pinhook Road • 337.235.6111
    Rate: $139/Double • $149/King
    Group Code: 2780486

    Club Rates: $169/Double • $179/King
    Executive lounge access w/complimentary
    breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and honor bar
    Complimentary: Wireless Internet

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette Airport

    201 Kaliste Saloom Rd. • 337.264.6044
    Rate: Dbl Bedroom Suite $189 • Dbl Queen Suite $129 • King Suite $139
    Group Code: 0560052560
    Complimentary: Full Breakfast, Manager’s Reception Mon-Thurs
    And Wireless Internet

  • Lake Charles

    Golden Nugget

    2550 Golden Nugget Blvd • 337.508.7777
    Rate: $149 Single/Double
    Group Code: SLCPA

  • Monroe

    Hampton Inn West Monroe

    601 Mane Street • 318.938.2800
    $129 Single/Double • $119/King • $189/Executive Suite
    To secure rate identify yourself as a member of Society of LA CPAs.

  • Shreveport

    Wyndham Garden Shreveport

    1419 E 70th St. • 318.698.0900
    Rate: $109 Single/Double
    To secure rate identify yourself as a member of Society of LA CPAs.