Simple answer: No.
If you are a regular W-2 employee, you are no longer (effective 2018) allowed to deduct job expenses, like CPE and licence fees. Even when you were allowed to, it was only an itemized deduction subject to the 2% of AGI threshold.
If you are self employed, all of that is still deductible on Schedule C. Enter as "other expenses"
Thanks, and the same theory would apply on the NY State Form IT-196, correct? I had thought I read somewhere that professional development could still qualify for a deduction towards the 2% AGI threshold on the state return.