Policies & Procedures

CPE Requirements

LCPA does not have any CPE requirements for membership, but we provide continuing education that complies with the outside CPE regulatory bodies that govern our members:

CPE Registration Policies

LCPA’s CPE is subject to various registration fees based on member status and date of registration. Please review our comprehensive CPE Registration Policy for more information.

CPE Credit

To calculate CPE credit, 50 minutes of instruction is equal to one CPE credit. After at least one 50-minute hour credit has been earned, half credits (of 25 minutes) are permitted. When the total program minutes are greater than 50, but not equally divisible by 50, the CPE credits granted must be rounded down to the nearest one-half credit. Visit the State Board's website for more details (see §1309. Credit Hours Granted).

CPE Reporting Period – New State Board Rule Changes Effective Jan 1, 2016

(Excerpted from the State Board's website.)

Starting January 1, 2016, for the 2016 reporting year, Louisiana licensed CPAs will be required to report CPE hours annually to the State Board during the annual renewal process instead of every third year as currently required.

Conceptually, each CPA should earn 40 hours each year. There will continue to be minimum requirements for those CPAs who perform attest services, and annual limits on hours earned in areas like personal development, presentation and teaching, publishing, etc.

To allow for flexibility, Louisiana licensed CPAs will be required to earn and report a minimum of 20 hours of CPE each year.

Equally important is that the current year’s reported CPE hours will be combined with the preceding year’s reported CPE hours (starting with the 2017 reporting year); the total CPE hours earned and reported for that rolling 2-year period must equal at least 80 hours. Going forward in any given year, the sum of that current year’s hours and the prior year’s hours must always equal at least 80 hours. As noted above, conceptually each CPA should earn 40 hours each year.

The new State Board rules (Chapter 13 only) can be accessed here.

Course Times

Unless otherwise noted:
  • 8-hour courses are from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • 4-hour courses are either 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, or 1:00 – 4:30 pm

For more information, please contact LCPA’s Member Service Center at 504.464.1040, or toll-free at 800.288.5272, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CT.

Early Bird Discounts

A discount is often given for registrations received at least two weeks prior to the course date. Fees are assessed by when the transactions are RECEIVED, not when the item was mailed or postmarked. The early bird expiration date listed on all course descriptions is two weeks before the course date, notincluding the actual course date.

If registering less than a week before the course, members should fax, call or go online to register. Registrations received after the early bird expiration date will be charged an additional $50.00 late fee per course.

Non-Member Surcharges

Non-members fees are $100/8-hour, $50/4-hour, and $25/2-hour course. This applies to all CPAs who are not members of LCPA or a reciprocal state CPA society. Non-certified staff of LCPA members and LCPA applicants qualify for the discounted member rate.Upon registration, the staff member or CPA applicant must identify themselves as such. The reciprocal state registrant cannot reside in Louisiana.

Cancellation Charges

There is no fee if your cancellation is received at least 10 business days prior to the course date. After that, fees are assessed to cover the cost of pre-ordered materials and facility guarantees for meals, etc. Within 10 business days of the course date, cancellation fees are $35/8-hour course, $20/4-hour course, and $10/2-hour course.

Transfers

You may transfer your registration from one course to another, however additional fees may apply.If the transfer is within 10 working days prior to the original course date.

No-Shows

NO REFUND will be given when registrants fail to show up, without cancelling prior to the course.

Educator Discount

Full-time accounting educators can attend CPE courses at a 50% discount by meeting the following requirements:

  • Society membership
  • Employment as a full-time instructor in a Louisiana institute of higher education
  • May not have a part-time practice

On-Site Coordinator Discount – Save up to 50%

For courses held in any location, including Kenner, Course Coordinators receive 50% off the already discounted member rate. In exchange, Course Coordinators serve as the on-site LCPA representative, handling registration, distributing materials, and collecting attendance verification cards. (Does not apply to conferences and selected workshops.)

Click on the locations below to learn more about hotel information.

  • Alexandria

    Holiday Inn Downtown

    701 4th Street • 318.541.8333
    Flat rate: $109 Flat (Airport Shuttle, Wifi)
    Club VIP rate: $139 (Above and King Executive Room, Access to Spire Room)
    To secure rate identify yourself as a member of Society of LA CPAs

  • Baton Rouge

    The Bankers Center (facility only)

    5500 Bankers Avenue 70808 • 225.214.4830

    Baton Rouge Marriott

    5500 Hilton Avenue • 225.924.5000
    Rate: $129 Single/Double
    Group Code: LVK

    Crowne Plaza

    4728 Constitution Avenue • 318.928.2800
    Rate: $109 Single/Double (rate includes complimentary wifi, parking and 24hr State of the Art Fitness Center
    Club/VIP Rate: $139 (rate includes above, plus access to concierge level, deluxe breakfast, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Turndown service, upgraded amenities, and balcony
    Group Code: IPMJE

  • Kenner/Metairie

    Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Airport

    2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd • 504.467.3111
    Rates: $129 Single/Double
    Club/VIP Rate: $169
    Group Code: LP20
    Note: At check-in, you receive a complimentary coupon for the breakfast buffet and complimentary parking.

    Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport

    4535 Williams Blvd • 504.712.0504
    Rate: $119 Single/Double (includes complimentary airport shuttle, fitness center, business center, wifi and gold/diamond honors members get comp breakfast)
    To secure rate: Identify yourself as a member of the Society of Louisiana CPAs

  • Lafayette

    DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette

    1521 W. Pinhook Road • 337.235.6111
    Rate: $129/Single $139/King
    (includes: USA Today, Parking, Airport Shuttle, Fitness Center, Wireless Internet in all guest rooms)
    Club Rates: $159/Double • $169/King
    Club rate: In addition to above, key access floor, access to private lounge featuring complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’ouvres & honor bar, bath robes
    To secure above rates use Group Code: 2780486

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette Airport

    201 Kaliste Saloom Rd. • 337.264.6044
    Rate: 2 Queen Bed Suite $129 • King Suite $139 • Two Bedroom Suite $189
    Group Code: 0560052560
    Complimentary: Full Breakfast, Manager’s Reception Mon-Thurs And Wireless Internet

  • Lake Charles

    L’Auberge Casino Resort

    777 Avenue L’Auberge
    Lake Charles, LA 70601 • 866.580.7444
    Rate: $119
    To secure rate mention: Group Code: SSLC17
  • Monroe

    Hampton Inn West Monroe

    601 Mane Street • 318.928.2800
    $119 Single/Double (rate includes complimentary hot breakfast & wifi
    To secure rate identify yourself as a member of Society of LA CPAs

    Home2Home Suites by Hilton West Monroe

    500 Mane Street • 318.222.8000
    $139 Single/Double (rater includes complimentary breakfast)
    To secure rate use code: LA CPA

  • Shreveport

    Wyndham Garden Shreveport

    1419 E 70th St. • 318.797.0900
    Rate: $109 Single/Double
    To secure rate identify yourself as a member of Society of LA CPAs