CPE Self Study

Earn CPE credits on your own

What is CPE Self Study?

According to NASBA, a CPE self study program is an educational course completed by an individual that is not delivered by a teacher/instructor. In order to meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements and get the necessary credit, CPE self study programs require participants to take a test to demonstrate they adequately understand the covered information in the course.


CPE Self Study Guide


Where to take CPE self study courses

There are many options for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) looking to earn credits on their own. There are lots of places to get Free CPE Credits. Given the number of hours that are required to obtain, and then maintain, a CPA designation, it is likely that you’ll have to purchase some courses as well.

CFI’s full program of courses contains over 115.5 hours of credits through CPE self study at a very affordable price.

Course topics in CFI’s CPE self study program include:

  • Excel skills
  • Financial modeling
  • Business valuation
  • Financial analysis
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Presentations
  • Charts and graphs
  • Advanced modeling
  • Accounting
  • Behavioral finance
  • Industry-specific courses
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Online CPE Self Study Courses from CFI


The above screenshot was taken from CFI’s online financial modeling courses, which count for continuing professional education credits. CFI offers you many options for CPE self study.


NASBA Sponsor

Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education (CPE). It should be noted that individual state boards have final approval on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE self study credit. Any complaints or issues regarding test sponsors have to be submitted through NASBAregistry.org.


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CFI’s Sponsor number is 139079.

Visit CFI’s Profile Page on NASBA’s website.


Pros and Cons of CPE Self Study Courses

There are many pros and cons of taking CPE self study courses on your own. At the end of the day, what’s best for you comes down to your own personal preferences, needs, and goals. There are various methods of obtaining for credits, including webinars, online courses, classroom training, seminars, workshops, and more. Some of these require studying on your own, and some do not.

Advantages of CPE self study:

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Learn on your own schedule
  • Pause, rewind, and rewatch segments
  • Well-suited for technical topics
  • Clear audio and visual presentation
  • A condensed format of learning
  • Likely to be more cost effective than taking classes in person

Disadvantages of CPE self study:

  • No personal interaction
  • May not be possible to ask questions (depends on the provider)
  • Requires self discipline to complete the course
  • May encounter technical issues when working online
  • No social or community engagement


It’s hard to say what method of delivery is best. Ultimately, each person will decide for herself what method is best for them and most effective for their style of learning. Check out CFI’s Full Catalog of courses to earn over 115.5 self study CPE credits online.


Additional Resources

Thank you for reading CFI’s guide to CPE self study courses. CFI is the official global provider of the Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ certification program and is on a mission to help anyone become a world-class financial analyst. To continue advancing your career, check out these additional free CFI resources:

  • Financial Modeling Guide
  • Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Free eBooks
  • Career Resources

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