The South Finland EU Office represents three Southern Finnish regions: Häme, Itä-Uusimaa and Päijät-Häme. These regions form an area around the capital of Finland, Helsinki. This area has a total population a little less than half a million.
Gate of Europe to Russia and Baltic Countries
Because of its perfect location, South Finland is a vital development interface between Europe and Russia, with safe production conditions, effective transportation systems and familiarity with Eastern European trading habits. South Finland is an integral part of the expansion of Russian and Baltic markets and the whole Baltic sea area.
Unspoiled pure nature
The natural environment ranges from national parks to islands, inland lakes, sea shores and forests. The natural environment is virtually untouched, with numerous rivers flowing through the area. The environmental technology know-how represents the strong sides of the area. All regions are actively involved in the intensification of environmental protection in Russia and the Baltic region.
Finnish design flourishes from the strong cultural heritage
South Finland is known for its cultural activities, greatly influenced by folklore and traditions. Besides the 13th century Häme castle, there are several medieval stone churches, old manors and factory sites, the Svartholma sea fortress and famous wooden Old Porvoo.
Cultural life does not, however, rely only on the past, but has strong links to contemporary Finland. Famous Finnish design from glass to the furniture flourishes in the area. Swedish is also spoken here as elsewhere in the finnish coastline, which also enriches the cultural heritage of the area.
In the footsteps of Jean Sibelius
World famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was born and spent most of his life in Southern Finland. In his honour Lahti has built a wooden congress and concert hall, called the Sibelius Hall. Its resident orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, is internationally famous for its interpretations of the music of Sibelius.
The main tasks of the South Finland EU-office are:
1. To co-ordinate and uphold joint Southern Finnish interests on the basis of an international approach and as one area in Europe.
2. To represent organisations and inhabitants of the area in the European Union, particularly with regard to regional representatives from other European countries.
3. To disseminate knowledge of the area and its regions, and to continue to build and consolidate networks within the European Union and further.
CPA CPE Requirements: General Rules
Once you become a licensed CPA, you will need to take continuing professional education (CPE) courses upon license renewal every 1-3 years.
The follow is a general overview of CPA CPE requirements for CPAs across the states. Please click on the links below for specific rules for each state.
CPA CPE Requirements on Credit Hours
All states require an equivalent of 40 CPE hours per year, but the flexibility of completing the requirements can vary as the reporting period can be 1, 2 or 3 years.
Definition of Qualified CPE Courses
Almost all state boards no longer have a list of pre-approved CPE providers. Instead, they rely on NASBA’s “approval system” — those on the approved list would be given an ID that can be easily tracked on this site.
Technical vs Non-Technical Subjects
Most state boards also ask for your own discretion as to which CPA exam review courses are appropriate. Some have a few guidelines e.g. the minimum number of technical courses e.g. accounting/auditing, and maximum number of “soft” courses, notably the personal development and behavioral courses.
Since 2011 and 2012 many state boards have begun including ethics as mandatory CPA exam requirements. The number of hours required varies, but in general you are asked to take 2 hours of ethics every year.
Some states only recognized ethics course approved by their own state board. Make sure you read the instruction from your state board carefully. If not sure, you can always get the information online or contact them by email.
Some states have a limitation on self-study classes or have a restrictive definition e.g. the self-study course must be graded in order to get accepted. The definition is slightly different for each state. Please read the Board Administrative Rule carefully or consult your CPE course provider.
Unlike self-study courses, live webinars are generally fully accepted because they are interactive in nature.
Getting CPE Credits as an Author, Speaker or Presenter
In most states you can get CPE credits by writing an article or book, or by being a speaker, lecturer or presenter on CPA-relevant subjects in your field.
In most cases there are restrictions on this rule. You can either claim the credit up to a certain amount (e.g. 30 CPE hours), or that the credit is discounted, e.g. if you have a 2-hour lecture, only 1 hour of CPE credit can be counted.
How to Convert College Credits to CPE Credits
Rule of thumb:
•1 semester credit = 15 CPE credits.
•1 quarter credit = 10 CPE credits.
How to Report the CPE Courses
By default the State Boards ask licensees to submit and report CPE credits in each renewal cycle, but increasing number of state boards are asking you to keep the documentation without the need to report. You should keep all supporting documents in file for at least 4-5 years (or as specified by your state board) for possible audit.
Reporting Every 1/2/3 Years vs Reporting over a Rolling Period
Some states ask the licensees to report the CPE credit once a year or once every 2-3 years.
Other states may ask you to report on a “rolling basis”. What does it mean? For example, the renewal date is June and compliance is based on 3-year rolling period. On June 30, 2013, you need to have 120 or more credits from July 1, 2010 to June 2013 (3 years of time). Each year, the previous third total drops off. On June 30, 2014, you will need to have 120 or more credits from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.
Information Required on Your Certificate
The certificate is your proof of attendance. All necessary information should be there if you take the course from a reputable CPE provider. If not, make sure that the following info is included:
•Name of the program
•Name of the participant (i.e. you)
•The dates and hours of attendance
•Date of completion
•Specific subject(s) included in the program
•Number of hours awarded
•Signature of an authorized representative of the program provider