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What to do when you receive a notice for the 2023 CPE Audit:


  1. Obtain your CPE Report (click here).                          
  2. Gather documentation for ALL CPE you reported for the 2023 license renewal. (Keep in mind: If you choose the 40-hour rule, this will include ALL courses from 2022 AND ALL ethics courses from 2022, 2021 & 2020.  If you chose the 120-hour rule, this will include ALL courses from 2022, 2021 & 2020).Compare your documentation to the CPE Report to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
  3. Review the documentation to make sure it meets the CPE documentation requirements in the summary below.
  4. Submit documentation to the ASBPA. Deadline: June 30, 2023:

    • Scan and Email to the Board in a PDF format, no Zip files.
    • OR mail it to the Board office at the following address: ATTN: CPE Audit, 900 W. Capitol, Suite 400 Little Rock, AR 72201.

Summary of CPE Documentation Requirements


CPE support documentation should be a form or certificate issued by the sponsor and should contain the following information:

  • Your name as a participant (see Note 1 below)
  • Name of sponsoring organization and contact information
  • NASBA registration number or “Exempt” if organization is exempt
  • Course title    
  • Dates attended and/or completed
  • Number of hours obtained (based on 50-minute hour)
  • Field of study for which hours were granted
  • Type of instruction/delivery method (group or self-study)
  • Signature of sponsor representative (written or electronic is acceptable)    

Documentation lacking any of the items detailed above may result in the CPE being deemed unacceptable.  Please make sure that each document you are submitting has all the required information.

We will not contact you for missing information.

NOTE 1:  Except for sponsor’s signatures, handwritten information is NOT acceptable.  If any of the information is written, please contact the sponsor and have them verify the information on letterhead or in an Email and send to the Board

NOTE 2: Many “Exempt” sponsors do not include the field of study on their certificates.  Please send additional information (agenda or outline) to corroborate the classification of the CPE hours.

12 TIPS To Pass The CPE Audit

In-Firm Documentation Requirements

Examples of Unacceptable Documentation

Summary of Rule 13 – CPE Requirements

Sample Certificate Of Completion

CPE Audit Policy


CPAs who fail a CPE Audit will be required to make up the hours disallowed in the audit in addition to paying a fine.  

Legal Requirement


This CPE Summary is for supplemental purposes only and not the official source.  Board Rule 13 and AR Code Annotated § 17-12-502 CPE Requirement should be considered as the official source.