Learn the basics about Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits and ProAdvisor training courses.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are the standard used by those training to be Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), as well as current CPAs that need to renew their certification to maintain their position.

The number of CPE credits required to obtain or maintain CPA status is based on information published by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). In this article we'll explain more about CPE credits for Pro-Advisors.

CPE credits: Warnings and information

There are a few important things to know.

  • Some states do not allow CPE credits when taking the QuickBooks ProAdvisor Certification courses..
  • State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit for CPAs. Refer to your own State Board of Accountancy for information regarding their requirements.
  • It is the responsibility of the individual earning the CPE credits to investigate what their own state board of accountancy recognizes with respect to any CPE course.
  • Enrolled Agents must contact the IRS-Office of Return Preparers for final authority on CPE acceptance.

Find available CPE credits

You can potentially earn CPE credits by completing designated modules within the courses available in the ProAdvisor Training tab. To find the available CPE credits follow these steps.

  1. From the left menu, under Your Practice, select ProAdvisor.
  2. Select the Training tab.
  3. Locate the course you want to take and select your training option to expand the course card and display the available modules. 

The module cards display the available CPE credits for each module.

Print your CPE certification

Once you complete a training module and exam, you can print your certificate as proof of completion.

For instructions to print your certificate, see Accessing your certification history.

QAS Sponsors

Once you have passed a CPE recommended Exam, visit the QAS Sponsors website. Because the ProAdvisor certification course is NASBA-certified, not QAS- certified, this website will tell you whether your state requires QAS. It will also explain how you can go about receiving your recommended CPE credits.

It is the responsibility of the individual earning the CPE credits to investigate what their own state board of accountancy recognizes with respect to any CPE course.

Using this website, you can locate Sponsor Requirements, get information about application processes, download applications, and get complete QAS Sponsor listings.