OSCPA CPE Policies

Consult OSCPA's Virtual Code of Conduct for questions on behavior during a virtual event.
   

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you are not completely satisfied with any Society course you take, you may attend a course of comparable cost at no charge, or get a full refund by contacting our learning team at cpe@ohiocpa.com or 614.764.2727. (Please note that refunded registrations will not receive CPE credit.)

Event Confirmations

You will receive an event confirmation delivered to your primary email address listed on your profile once the registration and payment transaction has been completed. You will also have a record of the confirmation in your MyOSCPA Message Center.

Calculating CPE Credit

For each 50 minutes of continuous instruction, the Accountancy Board of Ohio awards one CPE credit. Beyond the first credit, each 10-minute period equals 0.2 credits and each 25-minute period equals 0.5 credits.

Photo & Video Policy

Registration and attendance at OSCPA events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to allow OSCPA to use any photos or video taken during the event on the Society’s website, social media and in future print and online materials for The Ohio Society of CPAs. 

COURSE CANCELLATIONS

COURSE CANCELLATION BY OSCPA

If we cancel a program, your registration fees are fully refundable.

CANCEL/REFUND

Customers can cancel registration from a course with the specific guidelines and fees. Refunds or coupons will be issued to the person who is registered for the program.

In-person events

22 days before the event

Registration fee is fully refundable.

1-21 days before the event

Registration fee, less $50 cancellation fee to cover guarantees is refundable.

Day of the event/No Shows

Registration fees are forfeited for day of event cancellations or no-shows.

Webcasts/Webinars

2+ days before the event

Registration fee is fully refundable.

1 day before the event

Registration fee, less $50 administrative fee to cover guarantees is refundable.

Day of the event/No Show

Registration fees are forfeited for day of event cancellations or no-shows.


REGISTRATION CANCELLATIONS: ON-DEMAND/SELF-STUDY

Cancellations made after the program has been accessed will forfeit the entire registration fee and materials. If you experience technical difficulty and are unable to view a program, you must contact OSCPA within 72 business hours upon the first access attempt, to receive a refund.

SUBSTITUTIONS

You may substitute another individual if you are unable to attend a program. If you are registered for a multiple-day event, substitutions are allowed for the entire event only. Please notify OSCPA’s Member Service Center at 614.764.2727 of registration substitutions prior to the event. (Please note: Non-members substituting for OSCPA members will be subject to a non-member fee adjustment.) 

WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS

While we realize you cannot always plan in advance, we may not always be able to accept walk-in registrations at our events. The onsite program administrator will be able to provide you with the latest registration information. Full payment for any OSCPA event is due at the time of registration.

SOLD OUT & WAITLISTS

We make every attempt to estimate the number of attendees, however you may experience a “sold-out” situation due to space availability.

Some OSCPA programs allow for Waitlist registrations.  Registration fees apply to programs in a wait-list status.  Registrants on the waitlist are automatically enrolled into the program in the order of the waitlist as cancellations occur or capacity is increased.  If we are unable to accommodate you, your registration fee is fully refundable.  OSCPA will contact you within 14 business days regarding your waitlist funds.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Should the weather warrant any concern for your travel safety and you want to verify if a particular event or meeting will be held as scheduled, visit the MyOSCPA portal, my.ohiocpa.com and look for an announcement on the homepage.  When inclement weather results in the cancellation of a program, we will attempt to notify you as soon as possible via email and will include local news station information. As you know, inclement weather can strike quickly and may prevent us from making contact with all participants. Please make sure your email address and phone number is updated to ensure you receive inclement weather notifications.

DEATHS/SIGNIFICANT ILLNESS

If you are unable to attend a program due to a death, accident, or serious illness OSCPA may waive the no-show cancellation policy.  Your registration fee will be converted to funds on your account.  Please provide a written request to OSCPA@ohiocpa.com

DISCOUNTS 

GROUP/BULK PURCHASING

Discounts or single invoice, single purchase options may be available for large registration orders.  Availability varies by program.  Please contact OSCPA at OSCPA@ohiocpa.com if you’d like to inquire regarding group/bulk purchasing.  

SPEAKER/EXHIBITOR DISCOUNTS

Volunteer speakers may attend other sessions complimentary on the same day they are speaking.  If they wish to attend additional days they are eligible for a discounted 1 day registration.  Speakers receiving an honorarium are not eligible for discounts.  Speakers will receive written confirmation of their instruction for use in self-reporting instructor CPE credits. Exhibitors at OSCPA events will receive a 50% discount on the program registration fee if they wish to attend sessions.

INACTIVE RENEWAL SUPPORT

The Ohio Society of CPA’s both protects and promotes CPAs and the CPA credential.  If an inactive CPA wishes to renew their active license he or she must complete 120 credits of continuing education, including a professional standards and responsibility course approve by the board which emphasizes the Ohio Laws and Rules chapter 4701.

Please contact OSCPA at OSCPA@ohiocpa.com for special packages available for inactive renewals. 

Disclaimer: OSCPA may not provide discounts for any partnered programs.  Examples include Youngstown State partnered programs, etc.

CPE CREDITS & REGULATIONS

The Ohio Society is a registered CPE Sponsor with the Accountancy Board of Ohio, registration number CPE.1 PSR.

The Accountancy Board of Ohio establishes the Continuing Education Rules and Regulations to which the Ohio Society of CPAs adheres.

If an Ohio CPA is selected for CPE verification The Accountancy Board of Ohio accepts OSCPA sponsored programs summary transcript of credit earned in lieu of individual program documentation.

For live group study, for each 50 minutes of continuous instruction the Accountancy Board of Ohio awards one CPE credit. Beyond the first credit, each 10-minute period equals 0.2 credits and each 25-minute period equals 0.5 credits.

For self-study, CPE credit may be earned at a minimum of ten minute increments.

Credits may take up to 24 business hours to appear on your OSCPA transcript.

Program participants who arrive late or leave early to an OSCPA program must check in with OSCPA staff so CPE credits can be adjusted.

OSCPA utilizes bar code scanning technology to process CPE credits for conference session attendance.  A CPA should not ask another CPA to place their barcode into the attendance verification bin. 

CPAs are responsible for compliance with all applicable CPE requirements, rules, and regulations of state licensing bodies and are responsible for accurate reporting of the number of CPE credits earned.  Any suspected willful violations may be reported to the OSCPA Professional Ethics Committee.   

GROUP VIEWING OF ONLINE PROGRAMS

Individuals who are not registered for online programs will not be able to claim CPE credit for group viewing granted CPE credit, nor are they able to self-report CPE credit.  However, group viewing of online programs is available for groups of four or more if coordinated with OSCPA prior to the program. Please contact OSCPA@ohiocpa.com at least 5 business days prior to the online program.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

The Ohio Society of CPAs is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming
environment for all meeting participants and OSCPA staff. Attendees, speakers, volunteers,
exhibitors, OSCPA staff, service providers, and all others must abide by this Virtual Programs
Code of Conduct. This policy applies to all OSCPA events, including those sponsored by other
organizations but held in conjunction with OSCPA events on public or private platforms.
OSCPA has zero-tolerance for discrimination, intimidation or harassment by participants or
our staff at our events. If you experience or hear of unacceptable behavior, please inform
Tiffany Crosby, OSCPA Chief Learning Officer at tcrosby@ohiocpa.com or 614-764-2727
x2255.

Unacceptable behavior is defined as:

• Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form

• Abuse, including but not limited to:
    o Verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin
    o Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or presentations
    o Threatening or stalking any person

• Disruption during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by OSCPA
throughout the virtual meeting

• Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotions, job offers, or
service solicitations unless previously agreed to by OSCPA. OSCPA reserves the right to
remove such messages and potentially ban the source.

• Participants may not copy or take screenshots of Q&A or chat activity in the virtual space.

If unacceptable behavior occurs, OSCPA reserves the right to take any action deemed
necessary and appropriate. This includes immediate removal from the meeting without
warning or refund and prohibiting attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

According to Article VII, section H of The Ohio Society Bylaws, a member shall comply with the rules of professional ethics of the Society, which shall consist of the Code of Professional Conduct of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), including the interpretations contained therein, as issued by and as may be hereafter amended from time to time, except that in case of any conflict between the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and the OSCPA Bylaws, the Bylaws of the Society shall prevail.

Further, in the event of any conflict between the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and any applicable Ohio law or any applicable rules or regulations of the Accountancy Board of Ohio, then such state and local law, rules, or regulations shall govern.

ACCOUNTANCY BOARD OF OHIO CPE REQUIREMENTS

The basic continuing professional education (CPE) requirement to obtain or renew the Ohio permit is 120 credits over a three-year period. For specific educational requirements, refer to the Accountancy Board of Ohio’s website.

New CPAs holding the Ohio permit are required to report 40 credits over a two-year period. A new CPA licensed in 2017, for example, will have a continuing education reporting period of Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018 and a requirement of 40 credits.

All CPAs holding the Ohio permit must take three credits in professional standards and responsibilities ("PSR") each reporting period. All OSCPA professional standards and responsibilities offerings fulfill the three credit Accountancy Board requirement.

Beginning with the reporting year 2016, all licensed CPAs must have a minimum of 20 CPE credits every year.

Please see additional credits regarding Yellow Book requirements.