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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, without any interaction or help from a live instructor. In order to satisfy Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements, self study programs require participants to take a test (a qualified assessment) to demonstrate they adequately understand course material and learning objectives.


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, as we featured in our top 5 list. Given the number of hours that are required to making a CPA designation, it is likely you’ll have to purchase some courses as well.

CFI’s full program of courses contains over 50 hours of credits at a very affordable price.

Course topics in CFI’s 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.


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 credit. Any complaints or issues regarding registered sponsors should 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 Self Study Courses

There are many pros and cons of taking CPE 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 delivery 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

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
  • 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 50 self study CPE credits online.


Additional Resources

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