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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 22TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY
CHAPTER 523CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
SUBCHAPTER DSTANDARDS FOR CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND RULES FOR SPONSORS
RULE §523.144Board Registered CPE Sponsors

(a) The board may enter into an agreement with any sponsor of CPE programs to become a board registered CPE sponsor where the sponsor, in the opinion of the board, demonstrates that it will comply with its obligations to the board and that its programs will conform to the board's standards as outlined in:

  (1) §523.115 of this chapter (relating to Credits for Instructors and Discussion Leaders);

  (2) §523.130 of this chapter (relating to Ethics Course Requirements), (if applicable);

  (3) §523.140 of this chapter (relating to Program Standards);

  (4) §523.141 of this chapter (relating to Evaluation); and

  (5) §523.142 of this chapter (relating to Program Time Credit Measurement for Sponsors).

(b) The board will also require that each organization applying to become a board registered CPE sponsor agree that in the conduct of its business it will:

  (1) Not commit fraud, deceit or engage in fiscal dishonesty of any kind;

  (2) Not misrepresent facts or make false or misleading statements;

  (3) Not make false statements to the board or to the board's agents; and

  (4) Comply with the laws of the United States and the State of Texas.

(c) Each organization applying to become a board registered CPE sponsor must submit an application on registration forms provided by the board. The application must be complete in all respects and must be accompanied with payment of a non-refundable registration fee unless the sponsor is exempt from paying the fee in accordance with this rule. Sponsors that offer regularly scheduled course titles that are at least one hour and up to four hours in length may accumulate these course titles into an eight-hour course block when determining fees. A maximum of 24 hours may be accumulated into three eight-hour course blocks. Refer to interpretative comment in subsection (j) of this section for explanation. The registration fee is based on the number of course titles offered and is identified in the following chart:

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(d) To qualify for an exemption from the annual registration fee a sponsor must be:

  (1) a state, federal or other governmental agency that provides CPE for its employees and others at no charge;

  (2) a sponsor registered and in good standing with NASBA's National Registry of CPE Sponsors;

  (3) an institution of higher education whose courses are accepted for transfer credit by the reporting institution in the State of Texas. Other than courses acceptable for transfer credit, continuing education does not qualify for the exemption whether offered through an institute of higher education or through an educational foundation operating within such an institution; or

  (4) subject to the board's discretion, sponsors' courses that are subject to review by another entity may apply for an exemption from fees.

(e) Sponsors that are exempt from paying the registration fee shall annually register with the board.

(f) The board will not prorate the registration payment for an organization for less than one year. Upon renewal in the second and succeeding years, the registration amount may be increased to cover the costs of review of sponsors and individual courses.

(g) Board staff will review each application and notify the sponsor of its acceptance or rejection. Accepted sponsors will be assigned a sponsor number and can represent that they are a board registered CPE sponsor. An acceptance in any given year shall not bind the board to accept a sponsor in any future year.

(h) After the registration has been accepted, the board, in its sole and exclusive discretion, may determine that a registered sponsor is not in compliance with the registration requirements, CPE standards or applicable board rules. The board will provide the registered sponsor reasonable notice of such a determination and shall provide the registered sponsor a reasonable opportunity to become compliant. If the board determines the sponsor is not in compliance, the board may request that the sponsor make changes or the board may terminate the sponsor's registration. A sponsor that has had its registration terminated or has voluntarily surrendered its registration may apply for reinstatement after the first anniversary of the date of termination. The registration fee shall not be prorated or refunded if the registration is terminated.

(i) A sponsor that requests reinstatement may do so by submitting a completed application and paying the fee provided for in subsection (c) of this section. The application for reinstatement must be accompanied with a list of the course(s) proposed to be offered. From that list the board will select one or more courses that must successfully pass the review pursuant to §523.147 of this chapter (relating to Sponsor Review Program), before any course can be offered.

(j) A CPE sponsor registration is renewable annually by submitting a renewal application and paying the registration fee unless stated in subsection (d) of this section.

(k) Interpretive Comment: In applying the fee structure to courses, it is deemed that small practice groups and sponsors that provide lectures and seminars on a regular basis are allowed to accumulate course titles that are at least one hour and up to four hours in length into one eight-hour course block. The maximum number of groupings of courses is limited to three eight-hour course blocks of 24 hours of qualified courses.


Source Note: The provisions of this §523.144 adopted to be effective December 2, 2004, 29 TexReg 11033; amended to be effective June 7, 2006, 31 TexReg 4646; amended to be effective November 29, 2006, 31 TexReg 9615; amended to be effective August 12, 2007, 32 TexReg 4764; amended to be effective February 17, 2008, 33 TexReg 1116; amended to be effective February 6, 2013, 38 TexReg 506

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