CPE Policies & Requirements
Quality Assurance Service
What is the Quality Assurance Service?
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) has established the CPE Quality Assurance Service (QAS). QAS is a method for reviewing the standards and insuring the quality of self-study programs. Beginning July 1, 1999, the Florida Board of Accountancy required all self-study programs to be QAS approved to be eligible for CPE credit for Florida licensed CPAs.
Are the self-study programs provided by FICPA QAS approved?
All FICPA self-study programs qualify through the QAS program.* With over 65 titles, Surgent and Associates, LLC, is your best choice for tax and estate planning courses. Your staff at the FICPA would gladly provide you with a catalog of Surgent and Associates self-study programs. Simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 342-3197.
For more information on QAS, please visit the NASBA website.
* The Certified Audit program is an FICPA program and is QAS approved.
Conference and Seminar Materials – EZMaterials
Instead of picking up paper manuals at FICPA CPE events, you’ll be able to download the EZMaterials as searchable PDFs to your laptop, tablet or other device seven days before the event. Click here for frequently asked questions about FICPA EZMaterials.
Registration Volume Discount
If five to seven people from the same firm or organization register for the same event (Seminar, Conference or Accounting Show), each registered person is eligible for a 15% discount off the registration fee. Or, if eight or more people from the same firm or organization register for the same event (Seminar, Conference or Accounting Show), each registered person is eligible for a 20% discount off the registration fee. To receive the discounts, the FICPA must receive ALL registrations at one time (not one at a time). Upon registration of five to seven people or eight or more people, then the respective discounts will be applied. These discounts do not apply to nonmember fees or late fees and they may not be used in conjunction with other discounts. To take advantage of this discount, please mail, fax, or call in your registration.
Substitutions, Transfers and Cancellations
A registrant may substitute another member up to the beginning of the first morning session of the presentation. If a nonmember substitutes for a member, the nonmember will be charged the $125 per day nonmember fee.
A participant may transfer his/her registration to another presentation. Participants transferring within 10 days of the presentation date are required to pay a transfer fee of $55.
Cancellations requested more than 10 days prior to the course presentation date will receive a full refund. Cancellations requested after the 10 day cutoff will not receive a refund unless there is a documented hardship. In which case, following an individual review, a refund may be granted less a $55 cancellation fee. Cancellations requested after the EZMaterials (electronic course materials) have been downloaded by the registrant will not receive a refund unless there is a documented hardship.
There will be no transfer or refund granted if request is received more than 30 days after the course presentation date.
American Institute of CPAs Member Discount
AICPA members in good standing are eligible for a discount of $30 off of the course fee on select courses developed by the AICPA. To receive the discount, be sure to specify that you are an AICPA member in good standing when registering for an AICPA developed course. The discount applies to all 8-hour and 16-hour courses developed by AICPA and can be applied to the actual course fee. It is not transferable to other fees or surcharges. Discount must be requested at the time of registration. This discount will not be applied after registrations are received.
Advance Registration Fee
Take advantage of the advance registration fee when your registration is received by the FICPA more than 10 days before the course date.
Nonmembers of the FICPA are required to pay an additional $125 per day of instruction; $65 per half day of instruction (unless otherwise noted). This fee may be applied toward FICPA membership dues within fourteen days of attending a CPE course. To take advantage of this offer, click here for a membership application. Please note on your application that you are deducting the non-member fee.
Courses may be cancelled by the FICPA one week prior to the course date if they fail to meet the minimum attendance. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified by phone and given the option of transferring to another course or receiving a full refund.
The FICPA is dedicated to providing a comfortable and productive learning environment for participants. This goal can be achieved through ongoing efforts to protect nonsmokers and to help participants adjust to smoking restrictions. Smoking is prohibited in all FICPA CPE programs. “Smoking permitted” areas shall include areas allowed by the facility or by Florida law outside the classrooms. In addition, no smoking is allowed within the lunch areas.
To maintain a comfortable and productive learning environment for participants, unnecessary distractions within the classroom must be avoided. All disruptive communication devices are prohibited from all FICPA CPE courses.
In accordance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the FICPA will try to reasonably accommodate anyone disabled and in need of special services. Please indicate on the registration form if registering by mail, fax or Internet and someone from the FICPA staff will contact you. If registering by phone, please inform the Member Service Center representative. Special meals or other requests are handled on-site by the FICPA.
Most meeting rooms vary in temperature throughout the day and generally are cool as rather than warm. Dress casually and comfortably; take a jacket if you tend to chill easily.
Children younger than 16 are not permitted at FICPA CPE events.