State Board Report

June 2010

Representatives from approximately 30 members of the NASBA CPE Sponsor Registry met with NASBA’s Continuing Professional Education Advisory Committee and NASBA staff on May 24 in Nashville. The half‐day meeting was designed to gather input about ways in which to make the Registry’s Standards and requirements more effective and efficient. The meeting resulted in NASBA making plans to revisit the CPE Standards and interpretations. Theodore Long, chairman of the NASBA CPE Advisory Committee, said he believes the CPE Standards need to be updated: “Technology has impacted how CPE is being developed and distributed. We are forming a NASBA task force to include representatives of CPE sponsors, Boards of Accountancy, educators and CPE Advisory Committee members. The task force’s purpose will be to study the Standards and recommend changes if needed.”

The NASBA meeting with sponsors was very helpful, NASBA Compliance Services Director Yordanos Dumez observed. “We wanted to provide a forum for members of the CPE Sponsor Registry and QAS [Quality Assurance Service] to tell us how our policies are working with their operations. Several years ago we began circulating our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ to offer guidance to sponsors.

“The May meeting was an opportunity to learn how well that guidance has worked – and we are grateful to all those who were able to attend,” she said.

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