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Requirements (CPE)

The need for a CPE requirement is defined in the Members’ Hand-book of the Association. The following information concerns details as to the CPE requirements. Members who do not comply with these requirements will be written off the register members of the Association.

All ACPAI Members and Internal Auditors, both in Practice and in Business, are required to complete a number CPE hours each year. Requirements for each are set out below.

Members in Business

Members not in Practice and not working in Professional Offices are expected to complete a total of 60 hours CPE over a 2 years of which 40 hours are Structured CPE and 20 hours Unstructured CPE. 

The minimum requirement is 20 hours in a year, of which 10 hours have to be structured training

Members in Practice

Members in Practice and Members working in Professional Offices are required to complete 80 hours over a 2 year CPE cycle of which 45 hours are Structured and 35 hours are Unstructured CPE.

Minimum in any one year:  30 hours, of which 15 hours have to be structured training.

Internal Auditors

Internal Audit members in practice are required to complete 60 hours over a 2 year CPE cycle of which 45 hours are Structured and 15 hours are Unstructured CPE.

Core Competency

  Core competency requirement for members holding a Practising Certificate: 45 structured CPE hours from any combination of the six core competencies over a 2 year cycle.

Why do I have to make a CPE Annual Return?

Members of the Association are required to make an Annual CPE Return in by the 28th February of each year, in accordance with Association’s Members’ Handbook.

This Return details CPE activity for the preceding year.  The CPE Return Form is now an online process and has been re-formatted to provide members with information on CPE courses completed with the Association.  Courses completed with external bodies should be detailed on the online form and submitted as part of the CPE return for the preceeding year.