Continuing Professional Education credits fall under seven areas of study, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Areas that offer an unlimited number of CPE credits include participant credit, college course credit, self-study credit and in-house training. Areas with a limited number of credits include instructor credit, author credit and meeting credit.
Participant credits are earned when learning in a formal class setting, which must include an instructor, a written course outline and a record of participant attendance. A certificate of completion that includes the number of CPE credits earned must also be obtained, states the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. College course CPE credit is obtained at the rate of 15 CPE credits for each semester hour. A college transcript with the course name and number of credit hours is required to earn CPE credit.
An unlimited number of self-study course credits can be claimed as long as the final examination is passed and a certificate of completion listing the number of CPE credits is obtained, reports the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In-house training credit is granted as long as the requirements for participant credit are met.
Instructor credit is granted for the number of hours presented, plus two hours of preparation for each hour presented. CPE credit is also earned for time spent working on books and articles related to the field. Time spent attending approved meetings counts as CPE credit, as long as a certificate of completion is obtained. It is important to remember that individuals may only claim 10 CPE credits per year with these three methods, warns the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Certified Public Accountants are required to earn a specific number of CPE credits per year. These requirements vary by state, reports Learning Market.