CPE Monitor eNewsletters

CPE Monitor is a quarterly eNewsletter designed specifically for Registry Sponsors, state boards of accountancy and other organizations in the learning provider community to communicate news, updates, industry best practices, tips for getting the most out of your membership and more. 

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See below for archived articles of the CPE Monitor:

October 2014
July 2014
April 2014
January 2014
October 2013
July 2013
April 2013
January 2013
October 2012
June 2012
March 2012
December 2011
September 2011
June 2011
February 2011


October 2014

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2014 National Registry Summit Looks to the Future (and Fun) of Learning
NASBA hosted its 3rd National Registry Summit on Sept 17-19 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, TN. This year’s conference attracted the largest attendance to date, with 162 attendees, marking a 40% increase from last year’s Summit. Themed Looking to the Future, attendees from over 100 organizations, including eight state boards of accountancy, discussed the trends, standards and changes in continuing professional education.

Keynote Karl Kapp Makes a Case for Gamified Learning
Author, scholar and speaker Karl Kapp Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM, delivered an engaging session as a keynote for the 2014 National Registry Summit. The annual conference, hosted by NASBA, took place on September 17-19 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville and was themed, Looking to the Future. Kapp’s presentation entitled, “Rules of Play: Using Games and Gamification to Drive Engagement,” suited the conference theme as he presented new research and examples of how the learning process is made significantly more effective through repetition, interactivity and play-like participation from learners.

Keynote Krishna Depura Says Learning is All About “Flow”
Entrepreneur and keynote presenter Krishna Depura shared his take on creating engaging content to a full room of professional education providers at the 2014 National Registry Summit. “It’s all about flow,” Depura said, “which is the right combination of challenge and use of preexisting skills.” The presentation was one of two keynote messages delivered at this year’s Summit, held in Nashville, TN.

Transition to New QAS Self Study Designation – Update
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self-study programs -- QAS Self Study. As a result, all current QAS or Registry self-study sponsors, are required to complete a transition process to the QAS Self Study designation to ensure that the revised Standards have been implemented with respect to all self-study program offerings.

CPE Standards Review – Next Steps
In April, the CPE Standards Working Group began their review and evaluation of the Standards. In addition to reviewing the Standards in their entirety, the Working Group has considered innovations, trends and techniques in CPE, as well as ideas and suggestions related to clarifications and modifications of the 2012 Standards.

What Sponsors Need to Know
I am the person at my organization responsible for our membership with NASBA and the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. I am leaving the organization (or my role is changing at the organization). What do I need to do?

When there is a change in the person responsible for communicating with NASBA and coordinating the applications and renewals with the National Registry, the sponsor is required to notify NASBA by completing the “Notification of Change in Main Contact” form within 30 days of such change.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from July 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014.

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July 2014

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Keynote Bio: MindTickle CEO Krishna Depura
The key to the future of learning may be having fun. At least that’s what CPE Summit keynote, Krishna Depura has discovered. In 2012, Krishna helped found MindTickle with three other “tech geeks” who shared his vision to turn everyday employees into top performers by building a learning platform that leverages social competition and rewards to make learning more engaging, fun and memorable.

3rd Annual National Registry Summit Pre-Conference Workshops
There will be two interactive pre-conference workshops prior to the 3rd Annual National Registry Summit this year. The first workshop will be Registry 101 and will be taught by NASBA’s own Jeanetta Cothron, Regulatory Compliance Auditor, and Cynthia Woodlee, National Registry Administrator.

Standards Working Group, Model Rule Task Force Work on Future of CPE
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.

Transition to New QAS Self Study Designation - Update
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self-study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self-study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self-study programs, QAS Self Study.

Submit Your Ideas for Standards Review and Evaluation
In April, the CPE Standards Working Group began their review and evaluation of the Standards. In addition to reviewing the Standards in their entirety, 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.

Flaunt What You Got on Learning Market
You’re a leader in your industry and you’ve got amazing accredited CPE programs, so be sure to take advantage of Learning Market to show off your company credentials and CPE program offerings. As a benefit of being an approved sponsor on NASBA’s National Registry, you receive a company listing on NASBA’s Learning Market website, which includes a company profile page and unlimited course listings for promoting your educational programs to the public.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from May 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014.

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April 2014

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Registration Now Open for 3rd Annual National Registry Summit
Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual National Registry Summit. The Summit will be held September 17-19, 2014 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, TN. Attendees will participate in pre-conference workshops and receive the latest information on the revisions to the Statement on Standards for CPE Programs (Standards), new trends in learning and methods of incorporating new techniques into CPE programs.

2014 National Registry Summit Keynote Spotlight: Karl Kapp
Keynote speaker Karl Kapp, Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM is certain to bring a fresh perspective on learning methods to attendees of the 3rd Annual Registry Summit. Mr. Kapp is an author, speaker, professor and consultant focused on helping individuals and organizations understand the convergence of learning, technology and business.

Save the Date - 2014 National Registry Summit
The 2014 National Registry Summit will be held September 17th – 19th at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, TN. We will be focusing on changes to the Statement on Standards for CPE Programs, new trends in learning, and methods of incorporating new techniques into your programs.

Transition to new QAS Self Study Designation - Update
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self study programs -- QAS Self Study.

Full Review of Standards Underway
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.

What Sponsors Need to Know
I am on the LearningMarket.org website and can't seem to find the renewal application form. How do I receive the renewal form and when?
A sponsor cannot access a renewal application through the LearningMarket.org website. The renewal application process is initiated by the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Sponsors must renew their membership annually by the first day of the month of their initial approval date.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from January 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014.

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January 2014

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Working Group Begins Full Review of Standards
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.

Transition to New QAS Self Study Designation - Update
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self study programs -- QAS Self Study.

Save the Date - 2014 National Registry Summit
The 2014 National Registry Summit will be held September 17th – 19th at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, TN. We will be focusing on changes to the Statement on Standards for CPE Programs, new trends in learning, and methods of incorporating new techniques into your programs.

What Sponsors Need to Know
My application to the National Registry was denied and I don't agree with the findings. What can I do?
When potential providers apply to The National Registry of CPE Sponsors, they undergo a rigorous application review process.  Provider applications are approved based on how well the application and submitted documentation comply with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) and National Registry policies. If an organization plans to offer group-internet-based or self study programs, these organizations also undergo a content review. From time to time, organizations may not meet the Standards and receive an application denial from NASBA.

National Registry of CPE Sponsors Passes Major Milestone
In the late ‘80s, NASBA executives Charles Taylor, Thomas Iino and Albert Derbes came up with an idea to help state boards who were short on resources to evaluate continuing professional education (CPE) providers.
They proposed that NASBA create a registry of CPE providers that, in part, would establish a basis for uniform acceptance of CPE credits among states and provide licensees with a dependable and comprehensive basis for selecting CPE sponsors.

Getting to Know: John ("Jack") Dailey, Jr., CPE Committee Chair
NASBA’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Committee serves a critical role in the arena of continuing education for CPAs because of the Committee’s oversight of the Statement on Standards for CPE Programs (Standards), which is published jointly by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and NASBA to provide a framework for the development, presentation, measurement and reporting of CPE programs.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.

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October 2013

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A Look at the 2013 National Registry Summit
The beautiful Hotel Sorella in the heart of Houston’s posh, metropolitan Citycentre section provided a lovely atmosphere for the second annual National Registry Summit in Houston, TX, two days of learning and camaraderie that featured pre-conference workshops and two diverse and interesting keynote presentations.

2013 National Registry Summit Presentation Breakdown
Along with the fascinating, interactive keynote addresses from Paul McGinniss and Brian Remer, the agenda for this year’s National Registry Summit in Houston, TX, was packed full of informative breakouts led by some of the brightest minds in the learning field, as well as presentations delivered by NASBA staff geared toward giving Registry Sponsors tools to assist them in providing quality CPE courses.

Keynote: Paul McGinniss Shares Insight on Neuroscience of Learning
The brain is a complicated organ. At a weight of three pounds, it is made up of about 75% water and consists of approximately 100 billion neurons and uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body.

But to offer the best possible learning experiences, one must understand fundamental brain functions and limitations in relation to how they impact learning. Paul McGinniss, Director, Training and Delivery - North America for the NeuroLeadership Group, spoke about these subjects and more during his presentation entitled, “The Neuroscience of Learning: New Insights for Delivering High Impact Learning” at the 2013 National Registry Summit in Houston, TX.

Short Story Keynote Promotes Group Participation and Thought
Everyone knows that short stories can tell an incredibly entertaining and detailed story using far less pages than an average novel or textbook, just ask Washington Irving, Isaac Asimov or Stephen King. But did you know that short stories are also packed with the potential to enhance learning by teaching big ideas and immense thoughts in a shorter amount of text?

This was the topic of Brian Remer’s keynote presentation, “Why Short Stories Rock,” at the 2013 National Registry Summit in Houston, TX. Remer used several interactive exercises to demonstrate the power of short stories as effective mediums for persuasion and powerful tools for sharing ideas.

Transition to New QAS Self Study Designation – Action Plan and Reminders
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self study programs -- QAS Self Study. If you are a current QAS or Registry self study sponsor, there is a transition process to the QAS Self Study designation to ensure that the revised Standards have been implemented with respect to all of your self study program offerings.

What Would Influence You to Attend the Next National Registry Summit?
Give Us Your Thoughts!
Please take a moment to share with us your thoughts about future National Registry Summit events – especially those Registry sponsors who have not yet attended a Summit.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.

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July 2013

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Think Fast! QAS Transition Right Around the Corner
Due to the revisions to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), as well as changes implemented by NASBA to offer one designation for self study programs – QAS Self Study – there is a transition process that must be completed by all current QAS and Registry self study sponsors to the QAS Self Study designation.

Acceptance of the Word Count Formula Alternative
In January 2012, NASBA and the AICPA revised the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards). A significant revision to the Standards was the addition of an alternative to pilot testing for determining the recommended CPE credit for a self study program.

What Sponsors Need to Know
The application/form that I am completing has asked for a program listing.  What time period should my program list include?

The time period for the program listing depends on the type of application/form being completed.  If you are completing an initial application or an Additional Delivery Method application, the program listing is forward-looking.  That is, we are looking for the program offerings planned for the upcoming 12-month period.

If you are completing a renewal application or responding to the desk audit process by completing the request for a program list, we are looking for the programs offered in the past 12 month period based on the sponsor’s renewal date.

Meet the 2013 National Registry Summit Keynote Speakers
To continue the tradition of delivering thought-provoking and enlightening presentations, NASBA is pleased to announce Paul McGinniss and Brian Remer as the keynote speakers for this year’s National Registry Summit, September 9-10 in Houston, TX.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from April 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.

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April 2013

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New QAS Self Study Designation – ACT NOW!
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self study programs -- QAS Self Study. If you are a current QAS or Registry self study sponsor, act now to begin the transition process to the new QAS Self Study designation.

Have You Checked Out Best Practices Lately?
During the 2011 review and revision process that lead to the implementation of the revised Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), the NASBA CPE Task Force discussed ways to provide CPE sponsors supplemental information to assist in the development of CPE programs. From these discussions, a Best Practices section of the Learning Market website was created.

Compliance Responsibilities – NASBA’s 23 Fields of Study
Why are there 23 fields of study?  I am a CPE provider and state societies require certain fields of study on their certificates of completion that aren’t included on the list of 23?

Effective March 1, 2006, the Registry reorganized the fields of study to the current 23 fields of study.  The purpose of reorganizing the fields of study was to promote the classification of a program based on subject area or content. The intent of the current 23 fields of study is to help alleviate guesswork during board examination of CPE certificates of completion and assist CPAs in reporting CPE more accurately for higher CPE compliance rates.

2013 National Registry Summit to Feature Pre-Conference Workshops
With approximately 150 professionals in attendance absorbing knowledge from an impressive collection of experts in the fields of learning and course design, the first annual National Registry Summit in Nashville, TN, was a big success. Based on feedback received after the Summit, NASBA plans to offer two pre-conference workshops at the 2013 National Registry Summit in Houston, TX.

Breakout Sessions to Compliment 2013 National Registry Summit
In addition to a full list of keynote speakers, industry leaders and forward thinkers from the worlds of learning and course design, the agenda for the 2013 National Registry Summit will boast several breakout sessions, which were hugely popular at past CPE meetings.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013.

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January 2013

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Top 10 Most Common Deficiencies in QAS Transition Application Reviews
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards), revised January 2012, raised the standards for all self study providers and eliminated the differences that previously existed between the QAS and Registry self study requirements. Accordingly, NASBA initiated changes to the administration of these programs to offer one designation for self study programs – QAS Self Study.

Compliance Responsibilities – Contracting with Clients
What are my compliance responsibilities if I (Registry sponsor) have contractual arrangements with clients?
The Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) provide a framework for the development, presentation, measurement and reporting of CPE programs. CPE sponsors have flexibility in how to achieve compliance with the Standards; however, the organization whose Registry ID is included on the certificate of completion is ultimately responsible for compliance with the Standards and NASBA requirements.

Compliance Responsibilities – Purchasing Content
What are my compliance responsibilities if I (Registry sponsor) purchase content from an outside vendor?
CPE sponsors may purchase courses from other vendors or course developers. However, the organization whose Registry ID is included on the certificate of completion is ultimately responsible for compliance with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) and NASBA requirements.

Compliance Responsibilities – Selling Services to CPE Providers
What are my compliance responsibilities if I (Registry sponsor) sell services to CPE providers?
A Registry sponsor may sell services to other CPE providers (including Registry and non-Registry sponsors). These services could include providing platforms for delivering group Internet-based or self study programs or a learning management system. However, the organization whose Registry ID is included on the certificate of completion is ultimately responsible for compliance with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) and NASBA requirements.

Save the Date - 2013 National Registry Summit
The 2013 National Registry Summit will be held September 9th – 10th at the Hotel Sorella in Houston, TX. Registration will begin Monday afternoon, September 9th, and the meeting will kick off Tuesday morning, September 10th. Look for more information in the coming months.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from November 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

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October 2012

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A Brief Glimpse into the 2012 National Registry Summit
The first annual National Registry Summit kicked-off as only a conference in Nashville could: at the honky-tonks. Sunday evening, many participants joined members of the NASBA Registry team in downtown Nashville at Honky Tonk Central to experience country music, cowboy boots and camaraderie.

National Registry Summit Presentation Recap
In addition to the informative and entertaining keynote addresses from Elliott Masie and Tim Moore, the agenda for the National Registry Summit consisted of several presentations delivered by experts in the field of learning and course design.

Elliott Masie Discusses the Future of Learning at National Registry Summit
Elliott Masie, CEO and Founder of The MASIE Center, has his hands in many different projects, from 3D printers to Broadway shows. But he is most known for his understanding of effective learning methods, and he brought this expertise to the National Registry Summit in Nashville, TN, on September 24, where he spoke about these methods and how to adapt to the future of learning.

Tim Moore Enlightens National Registry Summit Crowd with Generational Insights
Today’s workplace is filled with men and women from several different age groups. In fact, it is highly likely that there are four different generations of workers within an organization. What is the best way to interact, relate to and motivate workers from these different generations? To answer this question, and many more, Tim Moore addressed the audience at the National Registry Summit, September 24 in Nashville, TN, where he shared a wealth of knowledge about this topic.

Best Practices Section Debuts on Learning Market
During the 2011 review and revision process that lead to the implementation of the revised Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (2012) (Standards), the NASBA CPE Task Force discussed ways to provide CPE sponsors supplemental information to assist in the development of CPE programs.  As a result, a Best Practices section of our website has been developed.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry. To see this list, click here.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from May 1, 2012 through October 29, 2012.

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June 2012

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Standards Transition & Applications Update
The new Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) will become effective on July 1. As a part of the final transition to the revised Standards, updated applications have been created to replace the former versions.

QAS Merger With Registry’s Self-Study Component Finalized
The merger of the QAS program with the self study component of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, or Registry, and the resulting creation of the QAS Self Study designation, took another major step forward on May 1, when the QAS Transition Initiation Form was made available online to QAS and Registry self study providers.

QAS Renewal Process and Fees Changed To Match Registry Program
As the timing of the transition process is at the discretion of the sponsor, the maintenance of an active Registry and/or QAS membership is critical.  Registry membership renewals will continue as scheduled by the first of the month of initial approval date.

IRS Continues To Seek Providers
The IRS has approved NASBA and the National Registry of CPE Sponsors as a “qualified accrediting organization,” which means that all Registry members are qualified as continuing education providers for the IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer Program.

New Name, New Schedule for CPE Conference
Mark your calendars: NASBA’s CPE Conference is now the National Registry Summit, and it’s an annual event to be held each fall.

NASBA Launches “Confirm Registry Sponsor” Tool
Earlier this month, NASBA released an online tool designed with state boards of accountancy and CPAs in mind. With the “Confirm a Registry Sponsor” tool, users can now search NASBA’s database of National Registry Sponsors to quickly confirm the status of a Sponsor as of a particular date.

NASBA Wins “Sharkie” Award from Brainshark
NASBA has also been hard-at-work writing and creating videos to assist in training sponsors and board staff. Using Brainshark, a platform for preparing online presentations, NASBA developed and released a new training video about the impact of the revised Standards.

How Do I …/FAQ:
What do I do now that I have been selected for a random desk audit?

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from February 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012.

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March 2012

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Impact of the Revised Standards and Roll out of New Applications May 1
The updated Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs, or Standards, has been approved and is effective as of July 1, 2012.

QAS Self-Study Designation Transition Process Nears Rollout
Since 1998, the Quality Assurance Service (QAS) Program has been approving self-study courses from CPE providers. Concurrent with the implementation of the revised Standards, the QAS Program will be merged into the National Registry of CPE Sponsors Program’s self-study component.

NASBA Becomes IRS-Accrediting Organization for Tax-Preparer CE Providers
The IRS has put new regulations into place requiring all paid tax-return preparers to not only register with the IRS and obtain a preparer tax identification number (PTIN), but to also complete at least 15 hours of continuing education credits.

New Guidelines for Using the Registry Logo and Registry Statement on a Sponsor’s Website and Online Materials
Until recently, NASBA has had strict guidelines regarding use of the Registry logo in outside materials, primarily that it had to be accompanied by the Registry statement. But with the continued rise in Internet marketing, that requirement has become unwieldy.

Learning Market Implements New Online Video-Training Tools
There’s a lot going on with Learning Market and the Registry, so NASBA has launched the first in a series of online videos for organizations wanting to learn more about the National Registry and for members of the National Registry.

How Do I …/FAQ:
What is the difference between Group Live, Group Internet-Based and Self-Study when it comes to the actual instructional methods?

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from November 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012.

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December 2011

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Gateway to New Audiences, Peer Sharing & Support
When the popularity of Twitter and Facebook took off a few years ago as a medium for businesses, NASBA was an early adopter.

Standards Review Wraps Up in December
After extending the comment period through December 1, 2011, NASBA has now closed the public-input portion of the CPE Standards review process. So, what's next?

Don't Forget Your Payment!
Often members of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors submit their renewal form in plenty of time before their renewal date, but then are surprised to find that they are out of compliance. Why? The most common reason is failure to submit payment of the renewal fee prior to the renewal date.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval. We send out weekly tweets announcing the latest additions to our National Registry.

Click here to see the organizations that have been added to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors from August 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011.

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September 2011

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Tax Return Preparers: IRS mandates 15 Hours of CE annually
As early as January 2012, the Internal Revenue Service will be putting into place new regulations requiring that all paid tax preparers take 15 hours of continuing education annually.

NASBA, AICPA, Boards Release Exposure Draft for Public Comment
The revised Statement on Standards for CPE Programs (Standards) continues its journey toward implementation, and now you have the chance to offer input.

Updates, Upgrades & More: Learning Market site highlights new standards, expands existing features
The Learning Market website continues to add new features in response to changes in both the accounting and continuing-education arenas.

Don't Be Late! On-time registration allows providers to avoid fees
Members of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors are asked to renew their membership annually, and NASBA has enhanced the process for doing so.

Handling Complaints More Effectively: New tool allows online-submission
In its continued efforts to automate and simplify documentation requirements, NASBA has implemented a new online complaint form. The actual complaint investigation process remains unchanged.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval.

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June 2011

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CPE Standards review next steps include evaluating, incorporating feedback
The CPE Standards' review process took a major step forward with the distribution of a working draft at the recent CPE Conference.

New Online System Improves CPE Provider Applications, Renewals
It's one thing to streamline a process to save some time. It's quite another to transform a system that once required weeks to submit and boil it down to something completed in mere hours

Tips and Key Features: CPE Online Application and Renewal
Although CPE providers have been thrilled with the conversion from manual to online applications and renewals, some of the system's finer points are easy to miss.

New Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn presence serves CPAs, learning providers
NASBA maintains a presence on Facebook and Twitter to engage and inform members, as well as others who follow its activities

Caldwell merges responsibilities as Gen. Counsel, Compliance Services Dir.
After eight years with NASBA as General Counsel and overseeing the Business Development department, Maria Caldwell became the Director of Compliance Services in February.

CPE Conference Report
The beautiful Coronado Bay of San Diego hosted this year's CPE Conference in March, where NASBA officials met with providers to discuss proposed revisions of the Standards and other news.

Speakers Inform, Entertain Attendees
Though the event's core revolved around the CPE Standards, other topics beneficial to sponsors were also covered.

Panel Discussions Connect Task Force, Attendees
That body pulled together various recommendations into the working draft, and also attended the conference in order to meet live with sponsors.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval.

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February 2011

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The Monitor Message
2011 is here!  Join us as we celebrate new beginnings and reach for new opportunities in the months ahead!

State Regulatory Updates
Recent CPE requirements update for California, Hawaii, South Carolina and Virgina

CPE Task Force Update and Progressive Timeline
View the latest information on the CPE Task Force including task force members and updated timeline.

Spotlight on... Learning and Leadership
"How to Succeed in the New Normal", an article by Tom Hood. As the Great Recession of 2008 begins to recede, organizations are beginning to ask, “What’s next? How do we succeed in this “new normal?”

Where Do I... How Do I...
With the launch of a new Web site and the launch of a new online application system, it may be a little tricky to find certain pieces of information. View this article for guidance on making payments and where to find specific applications.

Welcome Aboard New Sponsors
Our sponsors are very important to us. We congratulate those sponsors who have successfully demonstrated compliance with the Standards and received NASBA sponsorship approval.