Credit for CPE from another jurisdiction.
A licensee holding a current unrevoked CPA license issued by any other United States CPA licensing jurisdiction shall meet the requirements under subs. (1)
if the licensee is in compliance with the continuing professional education or continuing professional development CPA licensing requirements of the jurisdiction in which the other license is held.
Exemption for new licensees and inactive certificate holders. Accy 2.602(5)(a)(a)
The requirements under sub. (1)
are reduced by one-half for a compliance period during which a CPA is initially licensed during the first year of such compliance period, and do not apply to a compliance period during which a CPA is initially licensed during the second year of such compliance period.
The requirements under sub. (1)
do not apply to an inactive certificate holder to whom all of the following apply:
The certificate holder does not use the title or designation of “certified public accountant” without the word “inactive."
(6) Certification statement.
At the time of each renewal, an applicant shall sign a statement certifying that the CPE credit hours required under this section have been completed.
Carryforward of CPE credits.
A licensee may carry forward from one compliance period to the next consecutive compliance period a maximum of 40 CPE credits that exceed the minimum number of credits required to satisfy requirements in the earlier compliance period, which credits may represent any combination of formal and informal learning activities and shall retain their character as formal or informal learning activity credits.
Carryback of CPE credits.
A licensee may carry back CPE credits earned during the first 12 months of a compliance period to the immediately preceding compliance period to the extent necessary to allow the individual to satisfy the CPE requirements for such preceding period, provided the individual does not count such carryback credits to satisfy CPE requirements for more than one compliance period.
Failure to complete CPE credits.
A licensee who fails to complete the requirements under this section may not practice in this state as a certified public accountant until the license is renewed or reinstated under s. Accy 2.501
The number of CPE credits that may be claimed by an instructor, discussion leader, or speaker for preparation and presentation of a CPE learning activity may not exceed 3 times the number of credits awarded to individuals attending or participating in such CPE learning activity. CPE credits may not be claimed for any activity related to subsequent presentations of the same course unless the content has been substantially changed.
CPE credits for participating in a specific learning activity may not be claimed in more than one compliance period.
Successful completion of a one credit semester university or college course shall be equal to 15 CPE credits. Successful completion of a one credit quarter university or college course shall be equal to 10 CPE credits.
CPE credits may not be claimed for time devoted to studying for or taking the CPA examination.
A licensee shall retain documentation of each activity for which CPE credits are claimed for at least 5 years from the date on which the activity was completed.
Waiver of CPE credits.
The board may waive all or a portion of the CPE credits required under this section if it finds exceptional circumstances such as prolonged illness, disability, or other similar circumstances have prevented a licensee from meeting the requirements.
Subject to s. 440.035 (2)
, Stats., the board has the authority to determine whether CPE learning activities claimed by a CPA satisfy the requirements under this section.
Accy 2.602 History
History: CR 19-049: cr. Register November 2019 No. 767, eff. 12-15-19; correction in (13) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2019 No. 767. Accy 2.603
Criteria for acceptance of learning activities. Accy 2.603(1)(1)
Qualifying learning activities.
Acceptable formats for formal and informal learning activities include all of the following:
Engaging in learning activities similar to those under pars. (a)
that enhance a participant's professional growth and competence.
Requirements for approval of formal learning activities.
The board shall accept a formal learning activity that meets all of the following requirements:
An individual's participation can be objectively confirmed by a program sponsor.
Materials describing the activity specify all of the following:
The number of CPE credits awarded by the program sponsor for participating in the activity.
The program sponsor and any individual presenting or supervising the activity have education and experience qualifications appropriate for the activity to enhance the competency of learning activity participants.
Requirements for approval of informal learning activities.
The board shall accept an informal learning activity for which the participant has documented all of the following:
The date or dates on which the learning activity was performed and completed.
The number of CPE credits claimed for participating in the activity.
The materials prepared or used by the participant in connection with the learning activity. Documentation the board may accept includes all of the following:
A copy of an article the participant has read, or the title of the article and the name of the publication in which the article appeared.
A program outline or handouts from a learning activity attended by the participant.
A link to reading, video, audio, or other online learning materials or activities performed and completed by the participant.
Accy 2.603 History
History: CR 19-049: cr. Register November 2019 No. 767, eff. 12-15-19; correction in (1) (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register November 2019 No. 767.