CPE Units?

by Erika
(Morro Bay, CA)

Hello, I was recently told that anyone handling church bookkeeping needs to have something like 21 units of CPE credits annually.

Can you help shed some light on this?


I have not heard of any such requirement.
Does anyone else know the answer? Face the same situation? Please post your answer or comment by using the "comment" link below. Thank you!

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Apr 01, 2014
I heard that same thing...
by: Elaine Earl

...and I'm trying to find out if it's true or not, too. My Treasurer went to a meeting put on by a software company but disguised as an informational meeting for church business volunteers, and that where she heard this. So I'd love to know the answer also.

Feb 18, 2017
Not True
by: Jan B

Definitely not true or almost every church around would be in violation.

That said, I handle our churches books along with our Pastor's wife (volunteer basis) and I am an accountant but I haven't taken any kind of classes other than some updates on our CMS systems, QuickBooks etc.

We do have a CPA/Attorney who's specialty is non profits review our books every year so we're comfortable with our numbers.

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