Policies & Information

Policies & Information

CPE substantiation

To earn the recommended CPE hours offered for each course, you must (1) sign-in at registration and (2) submit a signed copy of your CPE form at the conclusion of the course. We will retain the white copy of your CPE form and you will leave with the yellow copy. We retain CPE records electronically indefinitely and physically for three years. Evaluations are collected at the end of the program.

The GWSCPA is an approved CPE provider according to the District of Columbia Board of Accountancy Municipal regulations section 2531.2. Individual state boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Registration process

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes often reach capacity before the program date. If a course you wish to register for is full, you will be provided the option to add your name to a waitlist in case of cancellation or to be notified if we add another section of this course. If you would prefer to register by phone, fax or mail, please contact us at 202-347-3050. Walk-in registrations on the day of the program are discouraged and only accepted if space allows and full payment is provided upon arrival.


Unless otherwise noted, the course registration fee includes instructions, course materials, and refreshments as noted below. GWSCPA members and members of other state CPA Societies are eligible for the member discount. If you wish to become a member of the GWSCPA join here. All AICPA members are eligible for an additional $30 discount on all AICPA courses as well and you must note your AICPA membership during registration.

Acceptable payment

Payment is accepted online via MC, VISA, Discover or AMEX. You may pay via check or government purchase order as long as payment is received 5 business days prior to the event. Payment by check or credit card is also accepted onsite with prior registration, but we do not accept cash payment onsite.

Confirmation of registration

Our online event registration system should automatically generate a confirmation and reminder email about the event for which you have registered. If you do not receive confirmation within 2 days of registration, please contact us to verify that you correctly registered. 202-347-3050 or info@gwscpa.org

Start times

Be sure to allow enough time for traffic, parking, and check-in. GWSCPA morning events start at 8:30 AM unless otherwise noted. We ask that you arrive between 8-8:30 AM to allow time to get checked in, receive course materials and be ready to begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Afternoon events usually begin at 1:00 PM.


The GWSCPA holds CPE and other events at locations throughout the metro DC area. Please contact us if you confused about the location for the event you are to attend at 202-347-3050 or wmekonnen@gwscpa.org 


All in person morning events starting before 9 AM will have light breakfast refreshments provided. All full day in person courses will have a box lunch provided.

Specific Needs

GWSCPA events are fully accessible. If you have any specific needs, please contact us at 202-347-3050.


Photo/Video Usage

By attending a GWSCPA event, you are authorizing the Society and it's agents to photograph, videotape, audiotape or other likeness for purposes related to the mission of the GWSCPA, including publicity, marketing, education and promotion of the GWSCPA. You understand that your photograph or likeness may be copied and distributed by means of various media and in accordance with standards of good judgement, the organization cannot warranty or guarantee that any further dissemination of your photograph or likeness will be subject to the GWSCPA's supervision or control. Accordingly, you release the GWSCPA from any and all liability related to dissemination of your photograph or likeness. If you have any specific needs, please contact us at 202-347-3050.

Questions? Contact us about any additional CPE or other event questions at 202-347-3050 or info@gwscpa.org. For more information about registration policies such as complaints, please contact Kari Bedell at 202-347-3050.

Cancellation by GWSCPA

All registrations should be received by the GWSCPA at least 10 business days before the program as we need sufficient time to prepare course materials and order catering. We will work very hard to ensure all courses on our calendar remain as scheduled. However, if a sufficient number of registrations have not been received by that time, the course may be cancelled. If this occurs, the GWSCPA will issue a full refund for those registered for the course or allow you to apply a credit to a future course during that fiscal year.

Inclement weather

The GWSCPA will reschedule a session due to inclement weather only if federal government offices are closed or if the instructor’s travel is interrupted by inclement weather. The GWSCPA will do our best to notify all registrants by 7 AM on the day of a course if it has been cancelled due to inclement weather, but please also check local media for federal office closures. The GWSCPA follows the Federal Government with regard to determining inclement weather policy. What this means for events is that if the Government is closed, we are closed and events are cancelled. If there is a delay during the time in which an event would be held, that event is cancelled, unless it is a full day event. (A two hour delay means an 8 hr CPE will be on as scheduled, but a 2 hr program from 8-10 AM would be cancelled.) Finally, if the Government is on "liberal leave" we are open as usual and no events are cancelled.If the event must be rescheduled due to inclement weather and you are unable to attend the rescheduled event or another current fiscal year event, the GWSCPA will issue a full refund. Any major event (such as a conference) scheduled at an offsite venue (such as a hotel) will only be cancelled due to a catastrophic event, and will proceed as scheduled during inclement weather unless public transportation has been suspended and/or the venue forces cancellation.

Cancellation by registrant / refund policy

If you are unable to attend a seminar or conference, please notify us as soon as possible. The cancellation and refund schedule is as follows:

More than 5 business days before the program, you may:

  • send a substitute* in your place;
  • receive a credit for the full value to use for another GWSCPA current fiscal year event;
  • receive a refund less a $20 processing fee

3-5 business days before the program, you may:

  • send a substitute* in your place;
  • receive a credit for the full value to use for another GWSCPA current fiscal year event;
  • receive a refund less 50 percent of the value of the course.

2 business days or less before the program, you may:

  • send a substitute* in your place.

* Non-member substitutes will be charged the fee difference if they are substituting for a member-discounted registration

Refunds in the same form of tender as the original purchase minus the processing fee. Payments made by check will be refunded via check within 30 days of cancellation.

COVID Protocols (updated 3/16/22)

For all in person events, the GWSCPA first adheres to any Covid protocols of the venue. Barring any venue requirements, our events have no vaccine or Covid testing requirements, and masks are optional. Should there be a change to CDC Community Transmission rates that indicates any one of these six local jurisdictions where the majority of our membership resides has moved into High Transmission, masks will become required for attendance: DC, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, MD; Alexandria City, Arlington and Fairfax County, VA. We will use the CDC Community Levels tracker to monitor transmission rates by jurisdiction.