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    Ohio CPAs Will Soon Be Able to Take CPE 10 Minutes at a Time

    By | June 17, 2014

    The necessary evil that is CPE can be a bit of a pain in the butt. Unless you're attending several conferences a year or diligent about signing up for and attending our free webinars, it can be difficult to squeeze in an hour of CPE at a time.

    Worry no more, Ohio CPAs, you will soon be able to get your CPE in bite-sized pieces that take no longer than a Thighmaster workout:

    Ohio is leading the country in allowing continuing professional education in 10-minute increments. OSCPA President & CEO Scott D. Wiley, CAE announced the change today at OSCPA’s Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting in Columbus. The Accountancy Board of Ohio approved the change at the Friday, June 13 board meeting.

    Maryland and other states are working on similar initiatives.

    “We are proud of the collaborative relationship we have with the Accountancy Board of Ohio, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the AICPA which helped to drive this change,” Wiley said. “Ohio is fortunate to have such strong regulators who are also innovative thinkers.”

    The OSCPA is working on coming up with mini CPE sessions that can be accessed online or by mobile, meaning you can easily work toward your 120-hour requirement 10 minutes at at time while enjoying your morning coffee, pretending to listen to your spouse tell you about their day, or while sitting on the can. Progress!

    The change is pending approval by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

    It's worth pointing out that OSCPA President and CEO Scott Wiley also sits on the AICPA Task Force on the Future of Learning, which is trying to modernize CPE.

    • SouthernCPA

      I’m generally of the opinion that more options is better than less options… but this seems like it would be a pain to keep track of even more certificates and whatnot. I don’t think an hour is an unreasonable amount of time – that can be done over a lunch break, in a lunch and learn, etc.

      • Guest

        “I don’t think an hour is an unreasonable amount of time – that can be done over a lunch break, in a lunch and learn, etc.”

        Wow. You get to have a lunch break. . . without working.

    • Big4Veteran

      “Ohio is fortunate to have such strong regulators who are also innovative thinkers.”

      LOL! We’re talking about CPE here, not solving real problems or making people’s lives better. I guess the bar is pretty low these days.

    • Happy P.O.S. Accountant

      10 minute CPE sessions allow me to go downstairs to get a bottle of cold pop and realize, that’s not someone barbecuing, it’s a fire.