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About FunCPE

Who is FunCPE?

FunCPE is a provider of high quality self-study continuing professional education for financial professionals. FunCPE is owned and operated by CPAs. All exams are prepared and tested by CPAs. We are committed to providing complete, accurate and up-to-date education materials for financial professionals. What makes us different is that an element of fun is included in every exam. Technically, there is no requirement that CPE courses must be dull--and our research indicates a higher retention rate for humorous materials. Read more on the About FunCPE page.

 

Do you have any references from customers?

Yes, we have received hundreds of positive comments from our students and you can read some of the unsolicited comments from our customers. We also offer a Risk Free Guarantee, so the only risk to you is missing out on some interesting courses at remarkably low prices!

 

Is FunCPE qualified to offer self-study CPE courses?

Yes. Our courses are all formal interactive self-study courses.

CPAs in most states can take our courses for credit. For CPAs, our standards for course development meet the published standards from the states in which our CPE is accepted for CPAs.

For all other professions cited in the next section, our CPE meets the professional standards for that profession, on a nationwide basis.

 

Which professionals can obtain CPE credit from FunCPE?

Our CPE meets national and state guidelines for the following professions.

 

And many additional tax, accounting and fraud professionals can take our CPE for credit--view the complete list of over 35 certifications.

Which states accept your courses for CPE credit for CPAs?

See a detailed answer to this question on our State Acceptance page.

 

Do you expect to offer other courses?

Yes. Our course developers are constantly developing new offerings. We welcome suggestions for new courses as well. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive notice of new courses. We also welcome suggestions for new course topics and always need pilot testers for the new courses.

 

How does FunCPE compare to other CPE providers?

Our courses are informative, interesting and --dare we say it--sometimes even entertaining.

We believe our prices are the lowest in the market. In fact, we invite you to compare. Our prices are lower because:

  1. Many of our courses include online materials
  2. No book purchase is ever required for our book-based courses--borrow it from the library (or even buy a used book from Amazon--we have seen some of our selections for less that $1.00!)
  3. No sales tax is charged, even in our home state of Texas, since we are not selling a product
  4. No requirement to purchase multiple courses to get a discount--our courses are already discounted!
  5. No need to "share with a friend"

You may also review our customer comments.

 

How can you evaluate CPE providers?

We have prepared a complete checklist to help you evaluate CPE quality.

 

Is your website secure?

Yes. When you click on "Purchase a Course" you enter our shopping cart system. You will notice that the web address at the top of your browser changes from beginning with "http" to beginning with "https." The "s" on "https" indicates the site is a secure site.

Our system does not retain credit card information and we cannot view or retrieve your credit card number at any time.

We also cannot view your User password.  

We use Authorize.net as our payment gateway. Authorize.net is part of CyberSource Corporation--these companies processed over $65 billion in e-commerce transactions in 2006.

 

Taking exams

What is the process for completing a course at FunCPE?

  1. Select your course or courses from the Course Listing
  2. New customers complete the registration; existing customers login
  3. Pay online by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) to receive immediate access to your courses (or pay by check using the Order Form)
  4. Obtain your study materials
    For courses using online materials, the link to the materials will be displayed after you login to your course.  
    For book courses: obtain the book at your library, from a friend or purchase online or locally
  5. Receive test results instantly after exam submission.
  6. After you pass the final exam with 70% correct or better, you receive your exam results along with a link to your certificate.  Certificate of completion is also emailed immediately after passing exam.

For detailed printable instructions go to our Instructions Page.

 

What is the format of the exams?
All exams are open book with multiple choice and true/false questions. There are no essays. All FunCPE courses are "exam only" and materials must be obtained separately.

Each course consists of:

1) Description of course material needed:
Online course materials--many courses include online material in the form of a PDF document  (these courses state "online materials")
Book courses use books you can borrow from a friend or the library, or purchase online

2) Review questions exam
You must submit the review questions exam, but you do not need to achieve a passing grade. After completing the review questions exam, you can review which questions you missed. Explanations for correct and incorrect answers are available when you review your exam. Most people find the review questions exam helps them understand the material and pass the final exam.

3) Examination and course evaluation
Once you have completed the online examination, submit your exam for grading by clicking on the "submit" button at the end of the exam. After submitting the exam, your confirmation page will contain a link to the course evaluation.

 

What score do I need to pass the course?

You must correctly answer at least 70% of all questions on the final exam in order to pass the course. You do not need to achieve a passing score on the review questions exam.

 

What happens if I do not pass the final exam?

  • You may take the exam again.
  • There is no charge to retake the final exam.
  • You can take the final exam as many times as necessary to pass.
  • You can take the final exam up to three times automatically.
  • After three final exam attempts, you need to email or call us to reset the exam so that you may retake the final. We read our email nights and weekends, as well as during normal business hours, so we can usually reset your exam promptly. You can also call 877-738-6273 Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 C.S.T. with your exam reset request.

When you retake the exam, you will log in and see your previous answers. Any incorrect answers will be marked wrong with a red "X." You can then change your incorrect answers, and resubmit your exam.

 

What if I can't finish the exam in one sitting?

No problem. You can leave and return at any time. During the exam, you should click on " Next " at the bottom of any exam page--your answers are saved once you advance to the next page. You can change any of your answers at any time up until you submit the exam for grading.


Do I need to pass the Review Questions exam?

No, you do not need to pass the Review Questions exam, which is part of every interactive course. You must attempt the exam (answering at least one question), and submit the exam, but you do not need to achieve a passing grade.

Our course format meets the "interactive" course requirements; review questions must be offered but completion is not mandatory. It will help your understanding of the course material to take the review questions exam and then review your answers, including the feedback concerning correct and incorrect answers.

 

Can I take my exams using a Safari browser?

Yes, our exams can be completed using a Safari browser.

 

I want to fill out the Course Evaluation, but I can't get back to that screen

The link to the evaluation pops up after you pass the final exam, but if you missed that link, here it is: Course Evaluation.

 

Can I fax or mail in my answers?

Yes, if you prefer to take your exams offline, you can fax or mail in your answers using an answer sheet.  The answer sheet has our mailing address and fax number printed on it.

 

Making payments

What types of payment do you accept?

We accept payment by check, money order, or Visa / Mastercard / American Express / Discover. All checks or money orders should be made payable to "FunCPE" and mailed to:

FunCPE
38 Pleasant Bend Drive
Spring, TX 77382

 

Do you accept credit card payments by phone?

Yes, we do accept credit card payments by phone. Our office hours are 8 - 5 Monday through Friday, Central Standard Time.

 

Do you offer discounted prices or group CPE discounts?

We offer "everyday low prices" and do not discount our CPE courses. We believe that it is easier and more convenient to be able to purchase your CPE courses when you need them and in any quantity.

We have found the CPE providers offering "purchase 2 courses, get 10% off" or "3 courses for 15% off" pricing schemes imply that the courses are overpriced to start with.

And since you obtain your CPE materials yourself--either using included online materials in some courses, or through purchased or borrowed business books--your total cost is reduced. No need to "share with a friend" to get a lower cost, although we certainly do encourage you to tell your friends about FunCPE.com!

 

Certificates of Completion

When do I receive my certificate of completion?

If you correctly answer 70% of the final exam questions, immediately after submitting the exam an email will be sent to you with your certificate of completion. You can also access your certificate by logging into the course system, then click on "view" under "Certificate" for the course.

 

What will be the effective date of my certificate of completion?

Your certificate of completion will be dated as of the date that you pass the final exam.

 

Can I obtain a copy of my certificate of completion later?

Yes, if you misplace your certificate of completion, please email us with the course number or name and year completed. We will email you a copy of your certificate at no charge.

You can also access most certificates directly when you first login to the course system, by clicking on "view" under "Certificate" for the course.  If you are in a course, you can click on "My Courses" in the top blue menu to access your certificates.

 

Can I see an example CPE certificate?

Sure--here is an example CPE certificate. All CPE reporting information is included on the certificate as required by AICPA/NASBA, state CPA Boards of Accountancy and other professional licenses.

 

 

Miscellaneous

I forgot my password and/or user ID

No problem. We can send you your password and user ID automatically by email 24/7. You can also call us during business hours and we can look up your User ID and/or email for you.  We cannot view your password, although we can create a new password, which you can then change.

If your email address has changed, you will need to call us or email us, rather than use the automated password retrieval.

 

How can you offer quality courses at such low prices?

We keep our course prices low by eliminating stocking and shipping costs (by providing course materials online and allowing you to use books from your library) and minimizing marketing costs.

We also save on administrative costs and reduce the cost to our customers by eliminating sales tax (since we don't sell any products, we do not charge sales tax, even to our Texas CPE customers). While other CPE providers mail out color brochures, we rely on postcards and email notices for new course offerings and specials, as well as word-of-mouth from our satisfied customers.

 

Can I sign up for a mailing list?

We have a free newsletter which includes new course offerings.

 

How often are the tax courses updated?

Usually annually.  Some tax courses use books that are general in nature ("Stand Up to the IRS" for example) and these books are only updated periodically.  Federal tax courses are typically updated annually.   Federal tax laws are not finalized until December of each tax year, so we can generally update our courses to a new tax year in late December or the first few months of the following year.

 

What if I don't receive my certificate of completion email?

If you do not receive your certificate of completion within 15 minutes of passing your exam, please contact us. The certificate is sent as a PDF attachment to an email.

There are 2 primary reasons why you might not receive your certificate:

1) You typed in an incorrect email address during registration or

2) Your email system has a filter that prevents some emails from getting through to you. You may want to check your "junk mail" folder.

Solution: just let us know and we can email your certificate to a home/personal email account if necessary.

You can also access most certificates directly when you first login to the course system, by clicking on "view" under "Certificate" for the course.  If you are in a course, you can click on "My Courses" in the top blue menu to access your certificates.

We can also mail your certificate "the old-fashioned way" (by U.S. Mail) or fax it to you.


Is there a time limit for course completion (from date of purchase)?

Courses must be completed within one year of purchase. This time limit for course completion is consistent with various state accounting board requirements as well as the AICPA / NASBA CPE course standards.

Free Continuing Professional Education course

Our free course doesn't have any strings attachedHave you taken our free one hour tax course yet? This gives you a chance to try our easy course system--and get free continuing education credit in the process.

Our free course is updated annually, so you can retake it each year.  This course has been updated to the 2013-14 tax years.