Board of Accountancy: Continuing Professional Education

As of January 1, 2004, the Colorado State Board has adopted the CPE standards of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Colorado does not pre-approve courses or providers. If both the licensee and the CPE provider comply with the NASBA/AICPA CPE Standards, the continuing education will be accepted as meeting the CE requirements for the Colorado State Board.

Providers and certificate holders are responsible for following the NASBA/AICPA CPE Standards. Certificate holders must contact the CPE Provider to determine if the CPE meets the NASBA/AICPA Standards. View the AICPA/NASBA Statement on CPE Standards

The Board does not:

  • give advice or interpret the standards for CPE providers or certificate holders;
  • review courses for providers or certificate holders to determine compliance with the standards; or
  • maintain a list of pre-approved CPE courses, endorse any particular provider, or make referrals to certificate holders regarding CPE course providers.

CPE Resources

Please also refer to Chapter 6 (Certificate Requirements, Discipline, Maintenance, and Status Changes) & Chapter 7 (Continuing Professional Education) of the Board of Accountancy Rules.

Accountancy CPE FAQs

View frequently asked questions for more information.

CPE Audit Information

The Board routinely audits the continuing education records of certificate holders on a sample or complete basis to determine compliance with the CPE requirements.

CPE Providers

The Colorado Rules and Regulations (CR&R) Content Outline represents only a general description of the materials that must be addressed in the CR&R course. A CR&R course must address all provisions of the applicable Colorado Revised Statutes, Board Rules and Board Policies.

If you or your company provide CR&R courses to CPA Licensees, you must be familiar with the specific requirements listed below. If the course you provide fails to meet these guidelines, the attendees will not receive credit as CR&R. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your students failing to meet their CR&R requirements.