CPA CPE Platform Reviews

Looking for the “just-right” CPA CPE platform?

All CPAs need Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits if they want to stay a CPA, as all 50 states require a certain number of credits to remain active! There’s just no getting around it, and, when you think about it, it’s certainly for the good of everyone — you, your company, and your clients. That’s because things change very quickly, and it’s all too easy to get out of touch with the latest laws and regulations — which in turn sets you and your company or clients up for some truly nasty surprises if you’re not on top of things. 

So that’s where CPA CPE comes in. And if you’re going to have to do it (and do a lot of it – like 40 hours a year on average), you might as well find a great place to do it. A place where you get the learning you need while earning the CPE you need. Having one without the other seems like an awful waste.

We’re here to help you find that “just right” CPE for CPAs solution. Whether you’re an individual, an audit/tax firm, or a corporate accounting or audit organization, you and/or your employees need this. They need great training; they need CPE credit; they might need team management and reporting; and they may need a host of other features that make this part of your job easier. See the reviews below for help.


  • Pro: Affordable unlimited package

  • Con: Limited course options


WebCPE platform is one of the most affordable choices we’ve seen. However, it offers no live webinars and the unlimited course package has a limited number of text-based courses.

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  • Pro: Nearly 1,300 on-demand courses

  • Con: Limited live webinar schedule times


Illumeo offers over nearly 12,000 hours of CPE through on-demand courses and live webinars, as well as a comprehensive CPE compliance tracker, micro-certifications, though their webinar schedule is fairly rigid.

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Surgent CPE

  • Pro: Nearly 500 on-demand courses

  • Con: Pricey packages


Surgent CPE’s platform offers a good course variety but of mostly ‘old-style’ delivery (explained in the review), and lots of live webinars, but be ready to commit to a hefty annual fee.

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  • Pro: Over 600 on-demand courses

  • Con: No course ratings or reviews


CPELink provides a wide selection of on-demand courses and live webinars, as well as a free compliance manager, but is rather thin on ethics options compared to others of a similar price.

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CPE Depot

  • Pro: Affordable package options

  • Con: Limited number of courses


CPE Depot platform is simple and affordable, but offers little variety in courses and limited webinars. Overall, a solid platform as long as you don’t want any bells or whistles.

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Checkpoint Learning

  • Pro: More than 600 on-demand courses

  • Con: Not all courses available with every package


Thomson Reuters’s Checkpoint Learning platform offers a robust course catalog, more than enough webinars and a compliance tracker, but you'll pay a high annual fee with no mobile-friendly option.