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FAQ’s

About Our CPE  |  Taking Exams  |  Certificates


About Our CPE

Are any of Pony Express CPE courses approved by NASBA? 

Yes.  About 60 of our courses are approved by NASBA and we are adding more all the time. NASBA stands for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Many states that do not require specific state sponsor approval or registration will require or recognize CPE from NASBA sponsors.  The following states must take courses that are marked “NASBA”:  Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana,  New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina,  Tennessee and West Virginia.  All other states can take any of our courses and they will be accepted by their state board of accountancy.

Pony Express CPE is registered with NASBA on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. All courses have been developed using national and state guidelines and in accordance with the new statement of standards related to CPE development and presentation issued by the AICPA and NASBA.

How do I know if your courses are accepted in my state?

All of our courses are accepted in 38 of the 50 states. The following states must take courses that are marked “NASBA”:  Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina,  Tennessee and West Virginia.

My state now requires all self-study courses to be interactive. Are any of your courses interactive?

All of Pony Express CPE courses are interactive. They all comply with  NASBA standards for interactive requirements.

What is Pony Express’s CPE credit measurement based on?

CPE credit measurement is based on NASBA’s  guidelines and NASBA’s Registry guidelines of 50-minute hours. Therefore you earn 1 CPE credit for every 50 minutes.

What do I “GET” when I order a course from Pony Express CPE?

When you order a course from the Pony Express CPE, you will receive a textbook or text booklet along with a separate booklet containing the test questions, answer sheet and study guide. For example, a 20-hour course comes with a booklet containing 100 test questions and also an interactive study guide with 100 different questions, with the answers and feedback for each of the questions.

You will read the textbook, record the answers to the test questions on the answer sheet. You may also take the test online by clicking on the “CPE Online Testing” button on our website. The online questions are the same as those in your testing booklet. Most students simply transfer their answers online. Online tests are graded instantly and you may take the test up to 3 times. We require 70% correct to pass. You may also mail or fax your answer sheet to us, and we will hand correct it for you.

How do you ship your courses?

All of our courses are shipped by USPS Priority mail and should arrive anywhere in the U.S. in 2-4 days.

Do I have to order on-line or can I call you?

You can do either. We have a shopping cart on our website or if you just feel like talking to a real person you can call us toll free at 1-866-490-0573. We will be happy to take your order.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

If I already own the textbook, can I purchase a test only?

If you already own the course textbook, we have a test only option for $3.00 per credit hour. This works out to $60.00 for a 20 hour course or $120 for a 40 hour course. This is available on our website and can be ordered through our shopping cart.


Taking Exams

What is the format of the tests?

Most of our CPE tests are 75% multiple choice and 25% True/False. There are some courses where the tests are all multiple choice and some that are all True/False questions.

How long do I have to complete a course?

As a NASBA approved sponsor of CPE, Pony Express CPE holds the highest accreditation possible for a sponsor of continuing education for accountants. NASBA and AICPA rules state that you have up to 1 entire year from the date of purchase to complete your exam.

What is a passing grade?

70% is passing. However, all Ethics courses must have a passing grade of 80%.

What if I am taking one of the tests online, but I can’t finish the test in one sitting?

There is no time limit, but at some point your computer might possibly lose the connection.

Do I have to take the test on-line?

You do NOT have to take the test online. You should have a textbook along with a separate booklet containing the test questions and an answer sheet. You will read the textbook, record the answers to the test questions on the answer sheet. Most students then simply transfer their answers online. You may also fax, mail or email us the answer sheet and we will hand correct it for you. You may also take the test online by clicking on the “CPE Online Testing” button on our website. The online questions are the same as those in your testing booklet.

What happens if I do not pass the test?

Online tests are graded instantly and you may take the test up to 3 times. We require 70% correct to pass. Ethics courses require an 80% to pass and California requires a 90%. If you fail a course 3 times, you may purchase a “test only” which would enable you to take the test again.


Certificates of Completion

How soon after I pass a test do I receive my certificate of completion?

As soon as you have passed the test, we will send you a Certificate of Completion by email. Certificates are usually sent out the same day you complete the test, unless a test is received at night. Then you will receive your certificate the next working day. If a test comes in over a weekend, you will then receive the certificate on Monday.

What date do you put on my certificate of completion?

We put the date you passed the online test or the date you mailed your answer sheet to us.

If I misplace my certificate of completion, can I obtain a copy later?

We keep records of all certificates of completion and can always make you another copy if you misplace the original.

What are your sponsor ID numbers?

Our sponsor ID numbers that you might need to list on your reporting form are:

NASBA Registry: 109546

Texas: 009313

CFP® Professional: 3706