Working Group Begins Full Review of Standards

January 2014

The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) is published jointly by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to provide a framework for the development, presentation, measurement, and reporting of CPE programs.

The Standards were last revised in January 2012, with an effective date of July 1, 2012.  In connection with the 2012 Standards revision process, procedures were put in place so that the Standards would be reviewed and evaluated every two years.

2014 begins the next Standards review period.  The review and evaluation process will be similar to that used in 2012.  The Standards will be reviewed in their entirety by the CPE Standards Working Group.  In addition, the Working Group will consider innovations, trends and techniques in CPE, as well as ideas and suggestions related to clarifications and modifications of the 2012 Standards.

If the Working Group determines that revisions or modifications are required, then the Working Group will make its recommendation to NASBA's CPE Committee, which in turn makes recommendations to the Joint AICPA/NASBA CPE Standards Committee.  The Joint AICPA/NASBA CPE Standards Committee will then make its recommendation to the respective AICPA and NASBA Boards of Directors.  Any revisions or modifications to the Standards will be posted for comment.

Since this month marks the beginning of the latest Standards review period, this is a prime opportunity to submit ideas, recommendations, areas for clarification, etc. regarding the Standards.

Ideas that have already been submitted include the notion of credit earned for mentoring or coaching, a new instructional delivery method that is a blend of other delivery methods and offering learning modules in smaller increments such as 10-15 minutes accessible through computer or mobile devices to address the need for just-in-time learning.

The Standards are intended to be an “evergreen” document, so your questions, comments and viewpoints regarding the Standards are very important to us. To submit your feedback, click on the link below. Your input will go directly to Jessica Luttrull, National Registry Manager.

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