Sep. 18, 2017  |  Lynn Kletscher

CPAs have enough to worry about: accounting and auditing standards, tax changes, cybersecurity, financial forecasts, you name it. They shouldn’t have to worry about where their CPE qualifies and where it doesn’t. Yet, this is a very real concern, especially for CPAs licensed in multiple states.

CPE rules vary by state and U.S. territory. Fortunately, there’s one common denominator among many of them — a requirement for CPE providers to be listed on the NASBA National Registry of CPE Sponsors (NASBA Registry).

Minnesota’s CPE rules include the NASBA Registry requirement. However, they also make exceptions for a few CPE sponsors, one of which is the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA).

The exception is a plus, but it only applies in Minnesota. The MNCPA has an increasing number of members licensed in multiple states, so its CPE programs need to be more widely accepted — and now they are.

Effective Aug. 1, 2017, the MNCPA is an approved group live and group internet-based CPE sponsor on the NASBA Registry.

For the first time, every program sponsor in our CPE catalog is an approved sponsor on the NASBA Registry, including the MNCPA and all its partners.

Keep in mind, this does not mean every MNCPA offering is approved in every state. I still recommend verifying state-specific rules before claiming credit for any CPE program. You can visit individual state board of accountancy websites for detailed information or the NASBA Registry website for summaries of CPE requirements by state .

Like I shared in my last blog post, it’s important to speak up to get what you want. So many thanks to the members who took the time to talk with me about their CPE needs (you know who you are). Because of you, the MNCPA is now on the NASBA Registry, a benefit to be shared by all.

What other CPE initiatives should the MNCPA consider? Please email me or leave a comment below.

Topics: Education, Professional certification, NASBA

Lynn Kletscher

Lynn Kletscher is the MNCPA Director of Education, working to secure innovative and informative continuing education programs for CPAs. When she’s not researching the latest NASBA CPE rules, she is at her hobby farm tending to her horses and chickens. She is a fair-weather motorcyclist and a year-round fan of The Walking Dead. Next time you attend an MNCPA event or seminar, ask her about her zombie escape plan. Lynn can be reached at 952-885-5513 or

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