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Self-Study CPE FAQ

How self-study courses differ from other CPE programs

What is the difference between self-study, on-demand and webinars?

  Self-study / On-demand Webinar
Content delivery Content is viewed by on-demand webinars, downloadable PDFs or by textbook and testing is done online Content is viewed online
Scheduling Can be accessed at any time; no set schedule Available only at a specific scheduled period of time
Attendee questions No instructor is available to respond to questions Instructor is available to respond to questions
Exams An exam is required; must receive passing score on exam to receive CPE credit An exam is usually not required
Attendance tracking No attendance tracking Attendance tracking is required; polling questions, codes or words are displayed throughout the webinar and participants must respond or record them to receive CPE credit
CPE reporting Qualifies as self-study CPE Qualifies as group Internet-based CPE
Credit limit No more than 96 hours per three-year reporting period; CPE sponsor must be registered as a self-study provider on NASBA's CPE Registry No credit limitations

What are the different formats of self-study courses?

Self-study courses come in a variety of formats, including on-demand webinars, downloadable PDFs and textbook. On-demand webinars are pre-recorded videos of slides and/or instructors. The downloadable PDF and textbook format is text only. All self-study formats require a test to receive credit.

Obtaining CPE credit for self-study programs

How do I earn credit for a self-study course?

Within one year from purchase date, you must take the final exam and pass with a grade of 70% or better in order to receive CPE credit. If you do not pass the exam on the first try, you can re-take the exam as many times as needed until you pass.

How do I receive my CPE credits and proof of attendance for a self-study course?

Self-study CPE credits are issued by the sponsor. Each self-study sponsor has a different method for making earned credits available to attendees. Common methods include emailing a certificate of attendance of completion or enabling online access to the certificate.

Receiving proof of attendance by self-study sponsor: 

Ordering and refunds for self-study programs

What is included with my self-study courses?

A typical self-study course includes:

  • Course material and/or on-demand webinar
  • Printable reference exam (for some products)
  • Final exam

How do I order a self-study course?

Self-study courses can be purchased through the MNCPA CPE Catalog or by calling the MNCPA CPE department at 952-831-2707.

What is the refund policy for self-study courses?

Refunds for self-study courses are available within 30 days of purchase date, provided that no CPE credit has been granted.

Help and troubleshooting

How do I access my self-study course and exam?

Access instructions vary depending on self-study sponsor. Please select your sponsor below:

I need technical support. Who do I call?

Technical support is readily available for self-study courses. Most sponsors provide phone and email support.