Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Effective May 25, 2012, Requires licensees to obtain six (6) hours of ethics within a three year period and at least two (2) of these hours must be in South Carolina Rules and Regulations. Licensee must choose from the approved course listing posted on website for the 2 hours specific to SC Rules & Regulations. First three year period is from 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2015. Board allowed ethics from June 2012 through December 2012 to be counted in 2013.

Effective June 25, 2010, Limiting self-study courses to only 20 hours per year, not allowing self-study as carryover. A 10 hour cap on the number of hours an individual can earn in a day. If a seminar will provide a meal the time dedicated to CPE must be separate and apart from the meal. (Regulation 1-08(A)(2)(b), Not more than fifty (50%) percent (20 hours) of the required hours may be in self study programs. supercedes 1-08(B)(4) All of the required CPE may be obtained using self-study courses.) Deletes the 8 hour teaching limitation per calendar year and adds rate of 10 hours for each three semester hour course taught. Also adds limitations and requirements for courses taught.

Effective January 1, 2007, CPE carry forward hours and CPE hours completed for the current year are to be reported either on your renewal form or during your online renewal session. We will conduct random CPE Audits. When a licensee is chosen for an audit, he or she must send us a completed CPE Report (If you need a CPE reporting form they are located in our Application/Forms section) for the current year and the two previous years. You must include certificates of completion for all self-study courses and certificates of attendance from any seminars attended.

Effective January 1, 2006, all CPE self-study course must be registered by QAS. One 50-minute period of instruction equals 1 CPE credit. One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity. The requirement of 40 credits per year with a maximum of 20 carry over hours stays the same,. Personal Development also stays the same at the maximum of 8 credits per year with no carry over.

The Board adopted the AICPA Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs with the exception that it will not recognize Standard No. 5 Independent Study.

The overriding consideration is that the CPE program be one that is a formal program of learning that contributes directly to the professional competence of a licensee within their scope of practice.

On July 22, 2004, when the Governor signed the new legislation into Law, the CPE Waiver was abolished.

Section 40-2-250(B) states:

(B) The application for renewal of a license must include:

(1) current information concerning practice status;

(2) a verified continuing education report;

(3) renewal fee.