Continuing professional education, or CPE, credits are awarded for professional continuing education courses, with one credit typically awarded for each hour of instruction. Professionals in a variety of industries, such as accounting, take continuing education classes to meet requirements for keeping their credentials or licenses current. In some cases, CPE credit requirements can be fulfilled with traditional classes completed at a university. Because those classes are measured by semester hours, it is necessary to convert those credits to CPE hours before applying them to a continuing education requirement.
Get all official transcripts
Get all official transcripts of semester hours to be converted. The transcript will confirm the course name and the number of semester hours earned. Check with your university's registrar office for information on the process of obtaining a transcript and any fees that apply.
Calculate the total number
Calculate the total number of semester hours to convert to CPE credits.
Divide the total number
Divide the total number of semester hours by 15 to get the total CPE credits. For example, if you want to convert 60 semester hours, divide 60 by 15 to get four CPE credits. Each CPE is the equivalent of 15 hours of classroom instruction.
Many schools are on a quarter system instead of semesters. One CPE credit is equal to 10 quarter hours.
It may be possible to convert self-study or correspondence courses to CPE credits if two conditions are met. You need to pass a final examination, and you need an official certificate indicating the number of CPE credits you have attained in the course. This documentation will be reviewed by the appropriate reporting agency for acceptance.
Keep in mind that some semester credits may not qualify for a direct transfer to CPE. Most professional continuing education programs will accept some semester credits, but it is important to contact the administrators to make sure they accept semester credits and to find out the maximum number of credits you can transfer.
Some disciplines cap the number of semester credits you can convert. For example, the American Society of Military Comptrollers does not allow more than 40 semester credits to transfer to CPE credits during any two-year period.