Quick Tips for Racking Up CPE Finance Credits

Continuing professional education (CPE) credits encourage accounting and finance professionals to stay active in the financial community and keep up with new developments in the industry. Whether you are trying to boost your marketability as a job candidate or need a few more CPE finance hours to meet your yearly requirements, you could probably use some quality sources for CPE credits. It’s even better when these resources offer free CPE courses.

But where is the best place to start your quest for quality training? Here are a few tips for racking up your CPE credit.

Where to find CPE credits

CPE credits are available through a variety of organizations, including recruitment and financial companies, educational institutions and industry associations. Whether you prefer on-site learning or online webcasts, there are numerous ways to earn CPE finance credits:

  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner meetings

  • College and university instruction

  • Peer review

  • Personal development

  • Published materials

  • Self study

  • Conferences

  • Podcasts and webcasts

The best place to start searching for CPE credits near you is the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), especially its Learning Market website. With filters including subject area, date and credit hours, the search tool provides a comprehensive list of CPE courses, including CPE finance training.

Check and double check for CPE acceptance

CPE requirements set by state boards of accountancy vary widely, so check with your state board before beginning any CPE courses to verify they will accept the credits. Not all states accept online courses, which are classified as “self-study” by NASBA, and many states limit the number of online credits you can earn.

NASBA assists state boards and CPAs in ensuring CPE credits are from reputable sources by providing quality assurance and lists of approved providers. When evaluating a CPE source, remember that a qualified source should be able to provide:

  • A certificate of attendance/completion

  • Organization/sponsor name and contact information

  • Detailed agenda

  • Background information on presenter(s)

Be cautious with free credits

A quick Google search for “free CPE credits” returns more than 400,000 results — some from quality agencies and educational institutions, but others from more questionable sources. When choosing free CPE credits, be sure to check for NASBA approval and verify acceptance with your state board of accountancy.

The best financial staffing firms understand the importance of offering quality CPE credits delivered in convenient ways. Robert Half, for example, offers more than 8,000 free courses to its registered financial professionals in a wide variety of subject areas, including:

  • Accounting

  • Computer science

  • Ethics

  • Finance

  • Statistics

  • Taxes

Included in Robert Half’s online CPE database are more than 500 free CPE credits, which are available to all of its registered financial professionals. Courses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can find time to fit your free CPEs into your busy schedule. Consider adding one of our upcoming webinars to your calendar, which often offer free CPE credit. You can also get connected with an online subject matter expert for each course you take and enjoy access to reference materials, the latest industry news and a personalized learning profile.

Ready to get started? Learn more about Robert Half's Continuing Professional Education today.

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Robert Half International Inc. 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: www.learningmarket.org.

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