MNCPA CPE Events Frequently Asked Questions

Attending a seminar or conference

What time do seminars begin and end? Can I come late or leave early?

Generally for full-day seminars, check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Seminars begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Please check your confirmation to be sure. You can also verify times in the online CPE catalog. We will notify you prior to the seminar if there is any change in the time.

Conferences usually start at 8:00 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. Please see the conference brochure or online CPE catalog for details on conference times.

You can arrive late or leave a seminar early. We appreciate your courtesy in letting us know in advance, if possible. If you arrive late or leave early, the number of CPE credits you receive will be adjusted.

What is the dress code at the MNCPA events?

Most people wear business casual attire to our events. Dressing in layers will help you to be comfortable in the varying temperatures of meeting rooms.

What hotel accommodations are in the area?

For information and discounts on hotels near the MNCPA Education Center and other event locations, please see our hotels and travel page. You may also contact the MNCPA at 952-831-2707 or customerservice@mncpa.org.

Will I receive the seminar or conference materials in advance?

Materials are distributed at check-in on the day of the event. The majority of seminar and conference materials are also available online prior to the event.

Do I need to bring anything such as a calculator or tax guide?

Anything you need to bring will be listed in the printed catalog, online catalog, or conference brochure, as well your confirmation form.

Is there a room for nursing mothers?

Yes, a private room is available at the MNCPA Education Center. Please let us know of your needs at check-in the day of the seminar. For seminars and conferences held at other locations, please contact the MNCPA at customerservice@mncpa.org or 952-831-2707 to make arrangements.

Is lunch provided? How long is the lunch break? Do I have time to go out to eat?

Lunch is provided at each whole-day seminar and conference. If you have a special dietary need or vegetarian preference, please let us know at the time of registration. We plan a one-hour lunch at our seminars, but often the seminar instructor and participants will decide to take a shorter lunch and leave earlier at the end of the day. You are always free to bring your own lunch or go out to eat.

If you are attending two half day events, lunch will be provided between the events. If you are attending a single half day event, lunch will not be provided.

CPE catalog

When is the CPE catalog mailed?

The annual MNCPA catalog has been replaced by a series of brochures and calendars, which typically start mailing in March. To find the most up-to-date seminar, conference and webinar options, we recommend you use the filter options available on the online CPE catalog.

What if I can't find a course online that is listed in your print promotions?

The MNCPA course catalog is constantly changing. If a course is listed in a brochure or calendar, but is not online, the course may have been rescheduled or cancelled, or the event date has passed. Please call the MNCPA customer service team at 952-831-2707 for other course suggestions that will meet your needs, or search the online catalog for substitutions.

CPE records for MNCPA events

How many CPE credits have I earned? Can I get a CPE transcript (certificate of attendance) or CPE credit record for seminars and conferences I have attended?

You can view and download a transcript (CPE certificate of attendance) from the MNCPA website at any time. The MNCPA keeps a record of your attendance and CPE credits of events the MNCPA has sponsored for the past five years. You may request a transcript to be faxed or mailed to you by contacting us at customerservice@mncpa.org or 952-831-2707.

I am having trouble downloading my transcript (CPE certificate of attendance).

If you are having trouble with the transcript function of the website, please check the following information.

  • Type in your username and password carefully. The form is case sensitive.
  • If you’ve forgotten your username and password, you can request it be emailed to you.

If you are still having trouble, contact the MNCPA at customerservice@mncpa.org or 952-831-2707.

Firm administrators

What is a firm administrator account?

A firm administrator account allows you to manage your firm's CPE. This account gives you the ability to:

  • View all MNCPA members and nonmembers of your organization
  • Register and cancel CPE events for any employee of your organization
  • Quickly review all upcoming registrations for employees
  • Print CPE transcripts for any employee
  • Update profile information of MNCPA members

Can I give my firm administrator access to my CPE records but not my membership profile?

No. If you choose to opt-out, your firm administrator will not have access to any parts of your record.

Can we have more than one firm administrator account for our firm?

Yes. Contact the MNCPA customer service department (952-831-2707) to set-up a second firm administrator account. All employees of your organization will be notified that a second account has been requested and who will have access to their records.

Does setting up a firm administrator account cost my firm anything?

No. Setting up a firm administrator account with the MNCPA is free of charge.

How can I prevent my firm administrator from accessing my CPE profile?

Use our opt-out form to prevent your firm administrator from accessing your record.

How long does it take to set up a firm administrator account?

It takes approximately three days for your account to be activated. To protect our members' and customers' privacy, we notify all employees in our records of the request for the firm administrators account and provide an opt-out option.

Our firm administrator has changed. How do we update the firm administrator information?

Contact the MNCPA at 952-831-2707 or customerservice@mncpa.org.

We have multiple office locations. Does the firm administrator account have access to the records of employees at all locations?

Yes. Contact the MNCPA at customerservice@mncpa.org or 952-831-2707 to set up access to different locations.

Registrations, cancellations and substitutions

How do I register for a seminar or conference?

You may:

  • Register online for a seminar or conference.
  • Fax a registration form to 888-487-9931.
  • Mail a registration form to MNCPA, 1650 W. 82nd Street, Suite 600, Bloomington, MN 55431.
  • Register by phone by calling 952-831-2707.
  • Email registration information to customerservice@mncpa.org. Please include event information, name, phone number, fax number and address.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

    Security note: Fax and email are not secure methods for sending payment information. If you would prefer to pay at the time of registration, please register online, by mail, or over the phone. Otherwise, choose the bill me option and pay at a later date.

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration? How do I obtain another copy of my confirmation?

Yes, all registrations are confirmed by email or mail usually within 48 hours. If you register on the website, the confirmation you printed will be followed by an emailed or mailed confirmation showing it was processed. If you register by fax, your fax report does not serve as a confirmation of registration. You will receive a separate MNCPA confirmation via email or mail verifying your registration has been processed.

If you do not receive a confirmation or if you need another copy, you can obtain a confirmation online. You can also send a request to customerservice@mncpa.org or call 952-831-2707.

If someone in my firm is a member, can I pay the member rate?

The MNCPA is a professional association based on individual membership; firms are not eligible to join the MNCPA. The member rate is a benefit only available to MNCPA members. Associate membership is available for non-CPAs. Learn more about MNCPA membership.

If I am signed up for a two-day seminar, could I split the days with another person?

One-day registration fees are available for conferences that last two days or more. Conference and seminar fees cannot be split between two attendees.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Cancellations must be received at least four business days prior to an event to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued if you cancel within three business days of the event and no CPE credit will be earned. Cancel online or by phone 952-831-2707.

Please see our cancellation policy for information on cancelling a registration.

What is the MNCPA's tax ID number?

Payments to the MNCPA are not subject to backup withholding, and are not required to be reported on Form 1099, since the MNCPA is a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(a). For your records, however, the MNCPA tax ID number is 41-0783480.