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  • The unprecedented times we have experienced over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led many sponsors to ask some specific questions about the renewal process, adding an Additional Delivery Method (ADM), and flexibility granted by the National Registry. The following represent the more commonly asked questions and the responses of the National Registry team. 

  • The 2021 National Registry Summit will be hosted virtually on September 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Since the event is completely virtual, there will be no charge to attend this year's eSummit.

  • The Sponsor Agreement, which is signed by the Registry sponsor with its initial application and every membership renewal application, states that the CPE sponsor agrees to report to the National Registry, within 30 days, any major organizational change including a change in the designated main or supervisory/secondary contact or a change in ownership, merger or acquisition involving the CPE sponsor. Since NASBA’s primary way to communicate with Registry-approved sponsors is by email, it is vital to keep contact information current. 

  • The flexibility to allow Registry sponsors approved for the Group Live delivery method only to convert in-person training events to online events was available until December 31, 2020, to allow sponsors ample time to pivot for future training events. For sponsors approved for the Group Live delivery method only, this time was given to allow sponsors to apply for the Group Internet Based delivery method in order to prepare for online training events in the future.The flexibility to allow Registry sponsors approved for the Group Live delivery method only to convert in-person training events to online events was available until December 31, 2020, to allow sponsors ample time to pivot for future training events. For sponsors approved for the Group Live delivery method only, this time was given to allow sponsors to apply for the Group Internet Based delivery method in order to prepare for online training events in the future.

  • NASBA’s National Registry team continues to notice an alarming trend of compliance desk audit failures with Registry sponsors. NASBA is urging sponsors to take care in their responsibilities per the Sponsor Agreement, which is acknowledged with each renewal application, to adhere and comply with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (2019) (Standards) and NASBA requirements. Failure to do so may result in removal from the National Registry.

  • Registry Sponsors wishing to provide learning in an instructional delivery method for which they are not approved, must complete the Additional Delivery Method (ADM) application. The ADM application review process involves reviewing the documents submitted with the application, such as the administrative policies, content development policies, evaluation form, certificate of completion, promotional or program announcement materials, as well as required delivery method documentation for compliance with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards).

  • The flexibility to allow Registry sponsors approved for the Group Live delivery method only to convert in-person training events to online events is now expired. This flexibility was initially granted to address an emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • During the 2020 Summit, Elizabeth Wolfe, Regulatory Counsel, NASBA, discussed the Accessibility provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Wolfe stated that under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998, the ADA establishes requirements that electronic information and technology, developed, maintained, procured or otherwise used by the federal government must be accessible for people with disabilities, which includes employees and members of the public.

  • Right away, Usable Learning’s Julie Dirksen addressed the fact that there are current challenges with keeping attention and engagement levels up from an audience now that many people have transitioned out of the classroom/office to an online environment. So, what should we be aware of and what kinds of strategies should we consider?

  • The compliance desk audit cycle normally begins in April but was delayed, until September 1, 2020, due to the pandemic. In recent years, NASBA’s National Registry team has noticed an alarming trend of the increasing number of desk audit failures. In fact, there has been more than 60 percent audit failures in the sample selected for the 2019 desk audit cycle.

  • Joe Urbanski, COO and Org. Culture Strategist of Total Solutions Group, declared during his 2020 National Registry eSummit presentation that we’re doing webinars all wrong. Why is this? According to Urbanski, since 2007, the world has changed thanks in part to the use of Smartphones. Now, an enormous amount of information can be reached instantly at our fingertips. Therefore, learning providers must improve how learners are engaged.
  • Olivia Patrick, Senior Consultant, CPE & Licensing Compliance, Plante Moran, discussed how her team pivoted their learning from almost an entirely live environment to a completely virtual one in the span of one month. She attributes much of the success to how her firm responded as a whole, versus strictly focusing on adapting the training content and delivery methods. Patrick mentioned that in May 2020, Plante Moran management decided to cancel all live (in-person) trainings and meetings through July 2021 and host everything virtually in Microsoft Teams.

  • The National Registry team continues to receive a constant stream of emails and calls from continuing professional education (CPE) sponsors on how to handle CPE events that can no longer be offered in person due to the government-imposed social distancing requirements resulting from COVID-19. There has been a great need to continue these training events so that participants can attend remotely.

  • NASBA has noticed an alarming increase in compliance audit failures and wants to reverse this trend. As such and as previously announced, NASBA is implementing a new compliance desk audit policy in connection with the 2020 compliance desk audit cycle to institute financial penalties for audit failures. If a sponsor fails an audit, a penalty fee will be assessed to equal 25 percent of the most recent renewal fee paid by the sponsor. The penalty fee must be paid within 30 days of receipt of the failed audit report. Sponsors will continue to be required to submit a corrective action plan within 30 days, detailing how the deficiencies will be remediated.

  • CPA Evolution

    01-Jul-2020 Comments (0)

    During NASBA’s June Regional Meetings, NASBA Chair Laurie Tish gave a compelling and informative presentation on CPA Evolution, covering next steps and the progress milestones through 2024. Over the past two years, NASBA has engaged with state boards and other stakeholders to work through the tough issues to develop a model that has widespread support.

  • After careful consideration of the government-imposed social distancing requirements and travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NASBA has decided to cancel the in-person National Registry Summit that was scheduled to be held in Nashville, TN, on September 22–23, 2020.

  • Given the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 and the government-imposed business closures and social distancing, CPAs are now performing their responsibilities to clients in a virtual manner. These professionals continue to seek out relevant, quality education on a variety of technical and non-technical topics. Event facilities and travel restrictions have forced conferences to be cancelled and postponed, causing an increasing demand for virtual learning events.

  • On December 19, 2019, NASBA and the AICPA announced approval of the proposed revisions to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (Standards) as well as the NASBA Fields of Study document, during the respective October and November 2019 Board of Directors meetings.

  • The purpose of the compliance audit is to confirm the responses provided to NASBA during the most recently submitted self-certification renewal. The compliance audit is designed to confirm that Registry sponsors continue to adhere to the Statement on Standards for CPE Programs (Standards) in developing, presenting, measuring and reporting of CPE programs.

  • Michael Grant, the director of learning design and development at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), directs a team of 50+ diverse professional staff and serves as a member of senior leadership for Member Learning and Competency. During this year’s Registry Summit, he presented on the advantages of using virtual reality (VR) and what the AICPA has achieved, in terms of moving the needle to help CPAs worldwide.

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