Louisiana

Louisiana CPE Requirements:

Licenses expire annually on December 31st. License renewal requires the completion of at least 80 hours of CPE every two years, with a yearly minimum of 20 hours.

Special Requirements/Limitations:

For those who perform attest services, 16 hours of the current CPE requirement must be in Accounting and Auditing courses.

Personal Development CPE hours cannot exceed 20 hours per year. Personal development is the field of study that includes self-management and self-improvement both inside and outside of the business environment.

A Board-approved Ethics course is required for the current reporting period.

All required CPE can be acquired through self-study, however Board rules specify that magazines and reference materials are not designed as educational programs nor do they comply with CPE standards. Accordingly, examinations on magazine articles or reference materials will not qualify for credit unless a formal program of learning was developed in addition to the examination.

Do AEG courses qualify for credit in Louisiana?

Yes. The Board does not have an approval process for sponsors and does not pre-approve continuing professional education (with the exception of the required ethics course). The board accepts both interactive and non-interactive self-study CPE credits, however in order for the course to be accepted as "interactive" and grant interactive CPE credit at 1 credit for every 50-minute hour, it must be from a NASBA registered CPE provider. As a NASBA registered CPE provider, our courses are accepted for full credit in Louisiana.

How are our recommended CPE hours determined?

As a member of the NASBA Registry and QAS sponsor approval programs, we are required to conform to the measurement standards contained in the Statement on Standards of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs developed jointly by NASBA and the AICPA. Under these Standards our credits are based upon 1 CPE credit for every 50-minutes of study time, as determined by the average test results of CPAs pre-testing the material prior to publication.

Board contact information:

State Board of CPAs of Louisiana
601 Poydras St., Suite 1770
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 566-1244
Fax: (504) 566-1252
Website: http://www.cpaboard.state.la.us/