Credits can be achieved through self-study, or by attending seminars and conferences. A file of CPE certificates is required to be kept as the CPA's State Board of Accountancy may view it at any time. This is to verify that the accountant in question has met the requirements.
There are a number of websites containing useful information on CPE Credits, one of which is "www.cpecredit.com". This website provides information and over 150 online interactive CPE courses. In some cases, the number of credits for each course, or seminar attended does vary from state to state. Another website which contains some information and online courses is "www.cpetrainingonline.com". This website offers a free fully functional course that will earn the participant three CPE Credits. All courses on this website are delivered electronically within 24 hours of order and contain printable reference notes, course modules and you can also print the certificate showing the credits earned once each module is complete.
Some websites offer free webcasts that enable you to earn free credits. Once you have watched the live webcast you must answer a number of polls to receive your credits. The request for CPE credits must be made within 10 days of viewing the webcast. A couple of examples of websites that offer free webcasts are "www.deloitte.com" and "www.pwc.com".