Professional Development Policies

Professional Development Policies

Seminar Fees and Location

Seminar fees include all course materials, continental breakfast, and refreshments. Lunch is NOT included.

If We Cancel a Seminar

A seminar may be canceled by a vendor if the minimum number of required participants is not obtained. You may elect to receive a full refund or a credit for another seminar. The NHSCPA is not responsible for any personal expenses incurred if a seminar is canceled. Your early registration is appreciated and helps to avoid seminar cancellations.

If You Cancel or Transfer a Seminar

All cancellations and transfers are required to be made ten business days before the seminar in order to avoid cancellation fees. Cancellations must be received in writing or by telephone. Substitutions are permitted; member discount and/or non-member seminar fee applies. Please notify the Society of this change to assure proper assignment of CPE credit.


  1. Full refund if cancellation is received 10 business days prior to the date of the seminar (Day 1 being the day before the seminar).
  2. $100 cancellation fee for each seminar day will apply if the cancellation is received between 5 and 9 business days prior to the seminar date.
  3. NO refunds for cancellations after 4:30 p.m. four business days prior to the seminar.

Walk-in Registrations

Walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis. Course materials will be mailed to you after the seminar if none is available on site.

Confirmation of Registration

After your paid registration is received in the NHSCPA office, you will be mailed/emailed a confirmation. It provides the correct date of the program, class hours and seminar site. Please check it for possible changes in starting time or location. If you do not receive a confirmation within seven (7) days of registering, please contact the Society office.

Course Materials

Course materials will be distributed at the seminar site. If you requested an electronic copy you will receive it approximately three days prior to the seminar.

Course Times

Most seminars begin at 8:30 am and end at 4:15 pm.


A continental breakfast will be provided as well as refreshments in the afternoon. A 45-minute lunch break is provided. The convenience of a full-service, on-site cafeteria provides you with a variety of lunch choices at a very reasonable cost.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the premises and is strictly enforced by the Management Company.

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be set to the silent mode during classroom hours. Please refrain from cell phone use in the classroom. There are no public phones at the facility.


The NHSCPA offers a variety of ways to meet your CPE requirements. In addition to the many conferences and seminars offered by the NHSCPA, we have partnered with a variety of webcast providers to bring you live, interactive webcasts.

CPE Requirements

State Board Requirements

A-F reports June 30, 2017:

  • earn 120 hours between 7/1/14 and 6/30/17;

G-M reports June 30, 2018:

  • earn 120 hours between 7/1/15 and 6/30/18;

N-Z reports June 30, 2016:

  • earn 120 hours between 7/1/13 and 6/30/16;

Remember – All Licensees Must

  • Earn 20 new hours each year;
  • Earn 4 hours of Ethics Continuing Professional Education within a 3 year period; and
  • Have had a peer review within the previous 3 years if licensee wishes to maintain the report function.*

*Having a peer review allows the licensee to maintain the report function; or sign the “exemption statement” provided by the Board of Accountancy. This will restrict the licensee from performing the report function. If the individual CPA/PA works for a firm in public accounting, the Board will use the firm peer review and this peer review to cover all individuals working for the firm. If a sole proprietor has licensees working for him or her and has a peer review, then the proprietor’s peer review will cover the licensees working for him or her. This also applies to the exemption statement.

Yellow Book Requirements

Those auditing financial statements under generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS) must meet the United States General Accounting Offices (GAO) continuing education requirements.

Auditors performing work under GAGAS, including planning, directing, performing field work, or reporting on an audit or attestation engagement under GAGAS, need to maintain their professional competence through continuing professional education (CPE). Therefore, each auditor performing work under GAGAS should complete, every 2 years, at least 80 hours of CPE that directly enhance the auditor’s professional proficiency to perform audits or attestation engagements. At least 24 of the 80 hours of CPE should be in subjects directly related to government auditing, the government environment, or the specific or unique environment in which the audited entity operates. At least 20 hours of the 80 should be completed in any 1 year of the 2-year period.

The 80 and 24-hour requirements are the minimum numbers of CPE hours that auditors should complete for each 2-year measurement period. Auditors may not carry over CPE hours earned in excess of the 80 and 24-hour requirements from one period to the next.

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AICPA Requirements

For each three-year reporting period thereafter, all AICPA members shall complete 120 hours or its equivalent, of continuing professional education. For additional reporting information, please visit or contact the AICPA at 888-777-7077.

AICPA/NASBA New Standards for CPE

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