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CPE General Information

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, date of registration, and other variables. Please review our comprehensive CPE Registration Policy page 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 for 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) with details on annual reporting 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.

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