How to Plan Your CPE Courses for 2022

September 28, 2021

Mapping out your CPE courses in 2022 is one way to help you stay on top of the changes happening in accounting. Accountants and CPAs should keep up with the changes in the industry. This is especially important for those accountants and CPAs working in public accounting as laws constantly change, requiring them to constantly update their skillset. Doing so demonstrates that you’re committed to staying up-to-date and providing value.


Here are four steps to plan your CPE courses in 2022.

Know how many CPE hours you need to have for the year

Before you plan out your CPE courses for 2022, you’ll need to know how many hours you need to have. Each state sets the number of CPE hours you need to maintain your CPA license and the type of courses you can take. Review your state’s requirements by going to the NASBA registry.

Make a copy of the requirements and put your total hours into a spreadsheet so you can keep track of it as you plan out your courses.

Reflect on the CPE courses you’ve taken in 2021

Sit down and review the CPE courses you have taken so far in 2021. Were there any courses that stood out to you? What topics did you enjoy or didn’t enjoy learning? Reflect on what you’ve learned and set goals for 2022.

Identify the types of CPE courses based on your learning style

It’s essential to know what type of CPE course best fits your needs and your learning style. Take into account how long it will take for you to complete the course and how much it will cost. 


Here are three kinds of CPE courses you can take:


  • Self-Study Online or In-Person

  • Live Webinar or Recorded Webinar

  • Certified program

Make a list different of CPE course topics

For example, you’re looking for a job with an accounting firm or want to advance in your career. You can choose business courses such as cost accounting and financial statement analysis. 

Here are some topics you can learn:

  • Excel

  • Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Business Intelligence

  • Forensic Accounting

Give yourself plenty of time to do your research and ask questions of people who have taken the same class. Make note of any available scholarships and courses you’re interested in. This way, if you have a busy schedule and can’t afford it right now, you have a list handy. You want to be sure that you have enough options for earning your hours.

Plan Ahead

There are various CPE courses available, and you can find ones that will help you advance your career. It’s essential to plan so that you’re not scrambling between now and next year. With the proper planning, taking CPE courses will be a breeze for you in 2022!