Western CPE Review

Pro

  • More than 450 on-demand courses.
  • More than 60 ethics courses available.
  • Instructor bios available for webinars and on-demand courses.
  • Course materials can be downloaded.

Con

  • No unlimited package option.
  • No instructor interaction for on-demand courses.
  • No course ratings or reviews available on platform.

Verdict

Western CPE is a solid choice for firms looking for bulk CPE. With more than 450 on-demand courses, regular live webinars, and plenty of ethics options, it offers a good variety of options. However, individuals are likely going to balk at paying a la carte for each separate CPE, which can add up quickly. Overall, Western CPE might work for a firm that’s willing to buy in bulk or for an individual who just needs to earn a few hours here or there.

  • 62 Ethics courses available including some states with state-specific ethics requirements.
  • More than 450 on-demand courses.
  • Includes instructor bios.
  • Learning platform is easy to use.
  • More than 360 webcasts
  • No course ratings or written reviews
  • No CPE compliance tracking
  • No instructor feedback loop/Q&A for on-demand courses
  • No micro-certifications
  • CPE can only be purchased a la carte or in group bulk rates
  • No free trial
  • No Annual Subscription or Package.

Intro

Western CPE offers a solid variety of on-demand courses and a fair number of live webinars, but their lack of subscription options is a big drawback compared to similar platforms and their content is limited to text or recorded webinars.

Courses/CPE – Reasonable

The platform currently has more than 450 on-demand courses available, including more than 60 ethics courses (some of which do meet state-specific requirements). Courses are available in a few different formats, including video (previously recorded webinars, not purpose-built videos). What does set Western CPE apart here is that while the delivery of the material is rather outdated, you can download all the materials, including the videos. Quizzes are graded immediately, so you get access to your certificates right away after completing a course. It’s unclear exactly how many webinars they offer a year, but they appear to offer a good variety of topics, days, and times, including weekends. The live webinars offer online chat to interact with instructors.

Platform/Features – Sufficient

Website is technically mobile-friendly; it isn’t very convenient to learn on the go unless you have already downloaded the materials from a computer. There appear to be no course ratings or reviews, so you can’t see what others have thought about a course before you decide to take it.. Western CPE’s dashboard allows you to see your earned CPE certificates with an CPE tracker, though there is no “compliance tracker/monitor” that knows the CPE rules and helps inform you about how you’re doing against your CPE requirements. They don’t offer any micro-certifications, though they do offer custom webinars and live events for firms/companies.

UX – Adequate

Western CPE Review’s user experience is fine, though it is rather difficult to determine what your buying options are initially. The website (and platform, as it’s part of the website) is mobile enabled. As we mentioned above, this means the courses are technically mobile-enabled although actually taking a course on your mobile device is difficult. With multiple ways to filter and sort courses and webinars, it’s fairly easy to find what you’re looking for. Logging in to your account and accessing your dashboard is also easy. The dashboard is where you can access your courses, webinars, and earned CPE certificates.

Cost - A la carte only

The platform does not offer any sort of subscription or membership to individual users. They previously had one but discontinued it. (Something that you only learn by contacting the platform directly — currently, the website does not make it clear what your purchase options are). Instead, you can buy any on-demand course, webcast, or other CPE offering a la carte only — at least for individuals. They provide an online course credit tracker to easily keep track of how and when your credits are utilized, which also includes a monthly utilization report for your records.

Team/Firm Capability – Good

The platform appears to be shifting to appeal to team and firms as opposed to individuals, based on their multiple offerings for teams/firms. However, it’s unclear if they offer additional features like custom company on-demand courses, custom user groups, LMS integration, SSO (single sign-on), usage reporting, user management, or creation and calendaring of internal CPE.

Summary

Western CPE is a solid choice for bulk CPE. With more than 450 on-demand courses, good number of webcasts, and plenty of ethics choices, it offers a good variety of options. However, individuals are likely going to balk at paying a la carte for each separate CPE credit, which can add up quickly. Overall, Western CPE might work for a firm that’s interested in buying in bulk or for an individual who just needs to earn a few hours here or there with no option of buying annual subscription.