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All CPA Members, whether in public practice, public sector or private sector, are required to complete a number CPE hours each year. Requirements for each are set out below:

Members in Public or Private sector

Members not in Practice and not working in Professional Offices are expected to complete a total of 120 hours CPE over a 3 year CPE cycle of which 60 hours are Structured CPE and 60 hours Unstructured CPE. The minimum requirement is 20 hours in a year, of which 10 hours have to be structured training

Members in Practice

Members in Practice and Members working in Professional Offices are required to complete 120 hours over a 3 year CPE cycle of which 75 hours are Structured CPE and 45 hours are Unstructured CPE.

Minimum in any one year: 30 hours, of which 15 hours have to be structured training.

CPE Guidelines 2016 - 2017

Core Competency

For members in practice and members working in professional offices, of the 75 structured CPE hours that must be completed over a three year cycle, 40 structured CPE hours must be completed from any combination of the following six areas:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Professional Ethics
  • Practice Management

Why do I have to make a CPE Annual Return?

Institute members are required to make an Annual CPE Return in by the 31st January of each year, in accordance with Institute Bye-Laws

This Return details CPE activity for the preceding year. The CPE Return Form is now an online process and has been re-formatted to provide members with information on CPE courses completed with the Institute. Courses completed with external bodies should be detailed on the online form and submitted as part of the CPE return for the preceding year.

How do I make my CPE Annual Return?

To make your annual return please go to www.icpasrilanka.com and log in with your user name which is your member number. This will prompt you for your password.

If you have forgotten your password please click on the "password reminder" link on the login page and it will be emailed to the email address we have on file for you.

Please note that Employment Details must be updated before the CPE Return can be made. To update your employment details please go to My CPA Profile, select the Employment History tab and add your employment details (If your employer organisation does not exist please add it by clicking on the Add New button).

To make your annual CPE Return click on Step 2: Submit your CPE Return, and then click the Add New CPE Return button. It will create Return for the year you want to submit and you will be able to see all the courses you have done with CPA. To add non CPA courses you need to fill in the following:

  1. Course name
  2. Course date
  3. Hours
  4. Course provider
  5. Category
  6. Course Type

Please note that any CPE courses you have attended, including Webinars and Online courses, with CPA Sri Lanka should show on your CPE return automatically. If they don't show, please do not add them yourself and contact the Institute to have this amended.

For your unstructured CPE hours, you need to fill in the activity and the hours associated to that activity.

CPE Accreditation of Programmes and courses
Programmes that qualify for structured CPE accreditation
Programmes involving class attendance
Online CD-rom, video, DVD and audio courses

Other activities that qualify for structured CPE
Services on technical committees/panels
Occupational or industry change
Responsibility for major corporate changes

Definition of a CPE 'Hour'

Each completed period of 50 minutes’ attendance at an accredited course will count as one hour (e.g. a total of 400 minutes = 8 hours); Attendance at an accredited course for less than 50 minutes will not be counted.

Attendance at a normal one day course will be counted as eight hours.

Attendance at a normal half-day course will be counted as four hours.

Terms & Conditions

Course Fees

Course fees include all course materials and assessment.

Refunds and Cancellations

Regrettably because we have already committed funds to the running of an event, it is not possible to refund fees for cancellations within 7 days of course starting.

No Shows

Where a delegate has booked and paid for an event in full and cannot attend on the day, this is regarded as a no show. Structured CPE cannot be awarded and no refund will be processed.

On the day

Pre-booking is essential to secure a place, otherwise places cannot be guaranteed on the day.

The Institute reserves the right to admit additional delegates to the course in the event that suitable space is available. Delegates are advised to ensure that they have registered with the event administrator on the day, for CPE accreditation purposes.

If we cancel

In the event of the cancellation, our liability shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid. We reserve the right to cancel an event at our discretion.

Special Needs

Delegates with special requirements should advise the Institute in advance, and we will be happy to assist.

If you have any queries on above, please contact H B Musafer on hbmusafer@icpasrilanka.com