How to Get Free CPE Credits

By Shannon C , last updated September 4, 2011

Professionals in many industries that require certain levels of education and licensure must periodically take extra training and accrue what are called "CPE" (continuing professional education) credits in order to keep their licensure current. Each profession has different requirements as far as the number of CPE credits required on an annual basis in order to keep the professional's license active. In addition, different states may set different levels for licensure in their state, and licensing boards may also set additional requirements to offer licensure in a particular discipline. Medical, accounting, legal, dental, counseling, and other professionals are amongst the many that are required to accrue a certain number of CPE credits each year to maintain licensure and be able to accept clients.

Knowing this, there are certain websites that specialize in promoting various opportunities to get free CPE classes by attending a variety of trainings and presentations. For some organizations, offering free CPE credits is a way of enticing professionals to attend various professional learning seminars, product presentations, or service presentations that a busy professional might otherwise not attend. For other organizations, offering free CPE credits is a way to test new products or presentations out on a knowledgeable audience. With free CPE credits there is always a benefit to both parties in the form of sharing information in exchange for the free CPE credits.

Some good websites to find opportunities to earn free CPE credits include FreeCE and CEUsforFree that offer free CPE opportunities to those in the medical profession, and JNCPE, which offers free CPE pilot programs for accountants only. Good Therapy has links to free CPE credits for those in the counseling profession. Before taking a course or attending a seminar that offers free CPE credits, be sure to ensure that the credits will be acceptable to your specific licensing board.

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