National Registry of CPE Sponsors

National Registry of CPE Sponsors


Nano Learning

A Nano Learning program is a tutorial program designed to permit a participant to learn a given subject in a ten-minute time frame through the use of electronic media and without interaction with a real time instructor. A Nano Learning program differs from a QAS Self Study program in that it is typically focused on a single learning objective and can not be paper based. A Nano Learning program is not a group program. Nano Learning is not a substitute for comprehensive programs addressing complex issues.

Initial Application Fee

The initial fee for the Nano Learning delivery method is a $1,175 flat fee, regardless of the number of Nano Learning programs offered.

Initial application fees are non-refundable.

Renewal Application Fee

Once approved for the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, organizations must renew their membership annually by the first of the month of their initial approval date. The renewal fees are determined by the total number of different programs offered by the organization for the following approved instructional delivery methods: Group Live, Group Internet Based, QAS Self Study and Blended Learning.

Renewal Fees

  • 1 – 15 different programs - $875
  • 16 – 25 different programs - $1,085
  • 26 – 50 different programs - $1,750
  • 51 – 100 different programs - $2,795
  • 101 – 250 different programs - $3,450
  • 251 – 500 different programs - $4,175
  • 501 – 1000 different programs - $4,750
  • 1000 + different programs - $5,750

Nano Learning Supplemental Fee

A $550 flat fee will be added to the Renewal Fee listed above for Registry sponsors approved for multiple instructional delivery methods including Nano Learning, regardless of the number of Nano Learning programs offered.  

Nano Learning Only Approved Delivery Method

If Nano Learning is the only approved delivery method on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, a $875 flat fee is the renewal fee, regardless of the number of Nano Learning programs offered.

Administrative Review Process

1.  Submit the Interest Form

Only organizations or individuals who have offered at least one educational course in the past can be considered for membership. The program does not have to have been offered for the CPA profession or awarded for CPE credit. After the complete interest form is submitted, a link to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors will be sent to the main contact. The email address is Some mail client security features may reject this address, so make sure you are able to accept messages from this address.

2.   Familiarize Yourself with the Standards and Best Practices

Before proceeding with the online initial application, we ask that you make yourself familiar with the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs (revised January 2024). These are the Standards by which your application will be measured for compliance.

3: Complete Initial Application

The Registry application is a detailed process, and potential sponsors should take the necessary steps in providing a complete application.The National Registry provides help and support to provide guidance, including video whiteboards, best practices, and workshops (i.e. the Registry Summit). The online application is an intuitive and interactive interface by which you can upload all materials that are relevant for the delivery method you are seeking for approval. The application and review fees can also be paid through this secure system. The online application form will allow you to save and return to complete it at a later date. You will be prompted to supply a login and password to access the incomplete form. 

You may apply for multiple instructional delivery methods (Group Live; Group Internet Based; QAS Self Study; Nano Learning; and Blended Learning) with one application. You will be requested to submit certain documentation and program materials for one program of each instructional delivery method for which you are applying. All of the requested documentation for the application should relate to the submitted program. For example, if the submitted course is titled, “Accounting ABCs,” then all submitted materials—program materials, promotional materials, certificate of completion, evaluation form, etc.—should be for the “Accounting ABCs” program.

Nano Learning Additional Materials:

  • Course materials
  • Documentation of CPE credit determination
  • Qualified assessment key

4.   Main Contact Notified of Status

Once you have submitted your initial application, you will receive a confirmation email.

5.  Application Review Process Begins
The National Registry team reviews your application to determine if the policies, procedures, and courses are compliant with the Standards. The initial application process consists of a hands-on evaluation by the National Registry of CPE Sponsors administrative review team. Your application will be assigned to an Instructional Design Administrator.  The first step in the review process, your assigned reviewer will evaluate the administrative materials to measure against the applicable Standards.

The required documents for the application include:

Program List

If all program offerings have not yet been determined, submit the known course offerings and remit fees based on that program offering level. If, during the year, your organization will exceed the number of program offerings included in the initial application, please contact your National Registry account administrator.

Administrative Documents

6. Request for Modifications

If there are areas of non-compliance, your National Registry Account Administrator will send you an email requesting modifications. Please look at each element on the modification request. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Administrator. You will have two weeks from the date of the email to submit the modified documentation and materials. You have two opportunities to make required modifications.  After two opportunities to make modifications, if ANY non-compliance remains, the application will be closed.

7. Administrative Review Complete

Once your administrative documents are in compliance with the Standards, your application will move forward to the Instructional Design Review.