In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving professional landscape, staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and developments is essential. Continuing education isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a necessity for career growth and success. One of the popular ways to demonstrate your commitment to professional development is through CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits. In this blog, we’ll delve into what CPE credits are, why they matter, and explore the various facets of CPE in ACCA and training.
What Are CPE Certificates?
CPE certificates are proof that professionals have completed a certain number of hours or credits in courses or activities aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skills in their respective fields. These certificates are often required by professional organizations, licensing bodies, or employers to ensure that their members or employees stay current with industry best practices and standards.
The Importance of CPE
Continuing Professional Education is not just about collecting certificates or meeting regulatory requirements; it’s about maintaining professional competence. Here’s why CPE matters:
- Staying Current: Industries are constantly evolving. Staying updated with the latest trends and practices is crucial to remain relevant and competitive.
- Meeting Regulatory Requirements: Many professions require practitioners to accumulate a specific number of CPE credits to maintain their licenses or certifications.
- Career Advancement: Continuous learning can lead to career advancement, increased earning potential, and expanded opportunities.
- Personal Growth: Learning is a lifelong journey. CPE provides an avenue to explore new interests and acquire valuable skills.
What Is CPE in ACCA?
ACCA, or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, is a prestigious global accounting body. ACCA members, like other professionals, must engage in Continuing Professional Education to ensure they maintain the high standards and knowledge required in the field of accounting and finance.
In the context of ACCA, CPE typically involves completing a specified number of units or credits over a designated period. These units can be obtained through a variety of activities, such as attending courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars, and self-study. ACCA members are expected to tailor their CPE activities to suit their specific career goals and professional development needs.
How to Earn CPE in ACCA
Earning CPE credits in ACCA involves a few key steps:
- Assessment: First, ACCA members assess their learning needs and create a plan to meet those needs through CPE activities. This plan is personalized and may be focused on areas where additional knowledge or skills are required.
- Accumulation of Credits: ACCA members accumulate CPE credits by participating in relevant activities. These activities are designed to enhance their professional competence and can cover a broad range of topics related to accounting, finance, ethics, and more.
- Documentation: It’s essential to maintain a record of completed CPE activities, including certificates or proof of participation.
- Reporting: ACCA members often need to report their CPE credits to their professional body. This may involve submitting records or certificates as proof.
What Does CPE Mean in Training?
In the broader context of professional development, CPE is not exclusive to accounting and finance. Many industries and professions have their own variations of CPE, often referred to as Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). So, what does CPE mean in training?
CPE in training refers to the ongoing process of enhancing the knowledge and skills of individuals within various fields and industries. Just as in ACCA, CPE in training is essential for professionals to stay relevant, improve their job performance, and meet any certification or licensing requirements. Training professionals, educators, and trainers themselves can earn CPE credits by participating in courses, workshops, and activities that help them stay at the forefront of instructional techniques, learning technologies, and best practices in adult education.
How to Earn CPE in Training
If you’re in the field of training or education and want to earn CPE credits, here are some key steps to consider:
- Identify Your Goals: Determine what specific skills or knowledge areas you’d like to develop or enhance through your CPE activities.
- Choose Relevant Activities: Look for workshops, courses, conferences, webinars, and seminars that align with your goals and interests. These may cover topics like instructional design, e-learning, assessment techniques, or specific subject matter.
- Participate and Learn: Engage actively in these activities and absorb the knowledge and skills being presented. Take notes, ask questions, and network with other professionals in your field.
- Document and Verify: Keep records of your participation and completion of CPE activities. This documentation will be vital when reporting your CPE credits to relevant professional bodies or employers.
- Reflect and Apply: CPE isn’t just about accumulating credits; it’s about improving your professional practice. Take time to reflect on what you’ve learned and find ways to apply it in your training or educational role.
Online CPA CPE Courses can form 100% of structured CPE. Online CPE courses by other providers are subject to a 50% cap.
Re-fresh and develop your skills and professional knowledge with our suite of over 76 covering technical courses, financial briefings and business skills courses.
CPE Online courses are a cost effective, flexible way of learning that allows you earn your CPE hours, at a time that suits you and without having to leave your desk or home!
What CPA online courses are available For a full list of CPE Online courses.
The CPE Online courses are completed in your own time. When the Institute (CPA Ireland) receives your payment you will receive access to your chosen course. You will need to make sure that you activate the access within 10 days of purchase. You then have 6 months to complete the course.
Want to try before you buy?
For a brief demo of how the CPE Online courses work, please visit our CPE Online demo page.
How do I purchase a CPE online course?
To purchase an CPE Online course , click on the course you wish to purchase. When we have received the payment for the course(s) you will receive your access key by email.
How do the CPE online courses work?
The CPE Online courses are completed in your own time. When the Institute receives your payment you will receive access to your chosen course. You will need to make sure that you activate the access within 10 days of purchase. You then have 6 months to complete the course.
CPE direct to your desk through CPE Webinars
What is a CPE webinar
CPE Webinars are live CPE courses delivered direct to your PC via the internet, in real time. Each CPE Webinar is one hour in length.
How does a CPE webinar work?
During the live CPE Webinars you can view presentation slides, listen to the presenter directly from your PC or telephone, ask the presenter questions via ‘text chat’ and interact with other participants.
Following the purchase of your CPE Webinar registration information, joining instructions, conference call information and CPE Webinar FAQ’s are sent direct to your inbox. Course notes are also sent to all attendees in advance of the event taking place.
How to find out more about CPE webinars For further information and CPE Webinar.
CPE Webinars FAQs
How do I purchase a CPE webinar
To purchase a CPE Webinar please visit the CPE Courses section of CPA Ireland website. You can search for your chosen event in the CPE Courses section. Once you have found your chosen event please select ‘Buy Now’ and follow the instructions online. When payment for this course has been processed by the Institute you will receive an email with registration information, joining instructions, conference call information and CPE Webinar FAQ’s
CPE Webinars FAQS
What do I need to participate in a CPE webinar?
You will need a PC and internet connection. You can listen to the CPE Webinar direct from the speakers on your PC.
If you wish to join the CPE Webinar by conference call you will also need a telephone.
If you wish to ask questions you can do so by typing your questions through ‘text chat’.
How do I join a CPE webinar?
Once you purchase your chosen CPE Webinar you will receive an email with registration information. The first step in joining the CPE Webinar is to register.
Following registration you will receive an email with confirmation of your registration, joining instructions containing a web link, conference call information and CPE Webinar FAQ’s. Simply click this web link and follow the instructions to join the CPE Webinar.
Please note you will not be able to join the webinar until the specified date and time, as per your confirmation email.
I have joined the CPE webinar, what do all the sections, buttons and icons mean?
When you join the CPE Webinar you will see the following:
- Top left hand side – Presenter section – a picture of the presenter
- Bottom left hand side – Attendees section – this will list all attendees at the CPE Webinar. Beside the word Feedback you will see a drop down box. This tool enables you to interact directly with the presenter. Simply click on the most suitable heading to indicate to the presenter if you are fine, have a question, you want them to slow down or speed up, if your answer is yes or no or if you agree or disagree.
- Main window – this is where the presenter will share their slides and or notes with you.
- Bottom of screen – Text Chat – this is where you can type questions and send them directly to the presenter.
- Top left hand side – Presenter section – a picture of the presenter
For further information about participating in the CPE Webinar and using the various tools during the live CPE Webinar select ‘Help’ and ‘Participant Online Help’.
CPE Webinars FAQS
What time can I join the webinar?
Please see the confirmation email for the date and start time of the webinar.
Will I be able to listen to the presenter?
You can listen to the presenter direct from your PC speakers.
Alternatively if you have opted to also join the webinar by conference call you can listen via your telephone.
Will I be able to ask questions?
You can ask questions through the ‘text chat’. Simply type your question in the ‘text chat’ box and click send.
How will I see the slides from the presenter?
The slides are shown live on-screen during the CPE Webinar. A copy of the slides is also emailed to all participants before the event.
How do I know my PC/system will allow me to access the CPE webinar?
Once you have successfully purchased and registered for the CPE Webinar a confirmation email with joining instructions is sent to you. This email also includes a web link to a ‘System Test’ which enables you to check if your PC meets all the requirements necessary to participate in the CPE Webinar.
It is advised that you run this System Test in advance of joining the CPE Webinar.
What happens if I can’t attend the live webinar?
All our CPE Webinars are recorded and can be purchased after the event through the CPE Courses section of our website. Course notes are also sent to you.
If you have purchased the CPE Webinar and can no longer attend please review our CPE “Booking Terms & Conditions”.
What if some of my other team members want to join the CPA webinars?
Your team members are welcome to join the CPE Webinar. However, to join they must purchase the CPE Webinar in advance of the event. If they simply watch the CPE Webinar from your screen they will not receive any CPE hours.Are CPE webinars CPE accredited? Live CPE Webinars: If you attend a live CPE Webinar the hours awarded to you will be structured CPE. 100% of your CPE hours can be achieved by attending live CPE Webinars.
Recorded CPE Webinars: If you purchase and view a recorded CPE Webinar the hours awarded to you will be unstructured CPE.
What online courses are available?
|Accounting & Governance|
Accounting and governance is at the heart of every accountant’s professional life.
Anti Bribery & corruption – New
Assessing Going Concern
Cyber Security Strategy
Ethical Issues for Accountants
Financial Briefings: Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
FRS 102: How will the numbers change?
FRS 102: Reacting to reduce regulations
FRS 102: Choosing between the alternatives
FRS 102: Impact on systems and data
Fraud & Corruption
Getting to Grips with IFRS
IFRS: The Structure of Financial Statements
IFRS: Property, Plant and Equipment
IFRS: Revenue and Revenue Recognition
IFRS: Other Non-financial Assets
IFRS: Financial Instruments – New
Managing your Transition to IFRS
Managing the Transition to GAAP
Professionalism and Ethics for Accountants
Transition to the New Reporting Standard FRS 102
VAT – Place of supply
Understanding the New GAAP
|Improve your understanding of managing the finances of your clients and your own business in the current turbulent financial times|
Finance: The Basics
Financial Briefings: Basics of Capital Acquisition Tax (CAT)
Financial Briefings: Basics of Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
Financial Control in SME’s
Financial Management in Turbulent Times
Forecasting for Financial Managers
Introduction to Financial Modelling
Managerial Megatrends and Financial Control
Modelling Financing Options
Modelling Real World Complexities
Preventing Financial Crime
Strategic Financial Management
Working Capital Optimisation and Cash Flow Management
The Finance Business Partner
Stay on top of the latest management control techniques to ensure businesses stay competitive and prosper even in difficult times.
Agile SCRUM Project Management
Business Performance Management
Dynamic Budgetary Control
Key performance indicators
Making budgeting working in the real world
Managing through a recession
Operation cost savings and efficiencies
The road to continuous improvement
Mergers & Acquisitions
Learn from the expert and your peers, whether buying, selling or advising on due diligence.
Buying a business
Growing your business through acquisition
Negotiating mergers and acquisitions – New
Selling a business
Professional Skills courses focus on helping you grow as a professional – develop new skills and utilise those you already have for the best possible results.
Advanced negotiation for Accountants
Becoming an expert witness
Communicating for professional success – New
Developing your professional career
Grammar and effective writing for accountants
Intellectual property and new ideas
Networking skills for accountants
Social media for accountants
|Professional Skills continuing|
Strategic Analysis and competitive positioning
Working in accounting and finance teams
Keep abreast of the latest management thinking to maximise your and your team’s effectiveness and to develop and improve your business advisory skills.
Coaching skills for accountants
Corporate social responsibility
Enterprise & entrepreneurships
Internal and & remote working
Leadership skills for accountants
Market analysis for accountants
Managing change & transformations
Managing high performing teams
Managing from within the team
Managing professionals for results
Writing a business plan
Improve the management of your practice and enhance your chances of success.
Building and growing your firm
Planning for your firm
Practice models and networks
Promoting your professional practice
In conclusion, earning CPE credits is a vital part of career development and professional growth. Whether you’re in the world of ACCA, training, or any other profession, CPE offers a structured and meaningful way to stay current, relevant, and competitive in your field. So, take charge of your learning journey, identify your goals, and start earning those valuable CPE credits today!