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.
Self study programs already in existence as of December 31, 2011 have until March 1, 2014 to be in compliance with the revised Standards. A sponsor will not be permitted to apply for the QAS Self Study designation until all self study program offerings (those programs in existence prior to December 31, 2011 as well as new program offerings) comply with the revised Standards. As such, in order to demonstrate compliance with the revised Standards by March 1, 2014, sponsors must apply for the QAS Self Study Designation Transition no later than January 1, 2014.
Approvals for the QAS Self Study designation will be issued on or after July 1, when the revised Standards become effective.