Ensuring that everyone in the accounting firm completes required continuing professional education (CPE) on time can be a time consuming and complicated task. CPE Link, a leading online education provider, announces the Firm CPE Center providing free management tools for registering individuals and groups for training and tracking CPE credits firm-wide. Now firms have one source for both quality content and convenient CPE management.
CPE managers, those who are responsible for registering their firm's professional staff love the Firm CPE Center: "It's so easy to use the Firm CPE Center. Our firm started attending webcasts with CPE Link in October of 2008. Sometimes we have staff viewing webcasts from different locations. Often we attend as a group. Either way, it's easy to register and change our plans right up until each webcast starts. I love how flexible and convenient the system is to register, fill out course evaluations and print certificates all online," said Beth Bloomfield of Fishman, Block + Diamond, LLP, in Encino, California.
Using the Center, firms can choose from a large selection of live webcasts and self-study courses, register individuals and groups, track credits earned, receive notifications of staff cancellations and course completions, and save money on CPE for the whole firm with the Firm Advantage Pass.
Accounting Today's recent review of the Firm CPE Center acknowledged not only the convenience of the tool, but the potential for financial savings: "Its Firm Advantage Pass lets you buy discounted course hours and distribute them to staff as needed...."
Online CPE is increasingly popular with tech-savvy young professionals and firms alike. Young, emerging professionals expect and even prefer online training to classroom-based seminars. Most have experienced distance learning as it is now widely used at universities. Online training can save firms a huge percentage of their training budget. Compared to attending traditional face-to-face seminars and conferences, online training eliminates travel expenses, overpriced attendance fees, and reduces time away from the firm's business.
"As young professionals increasingly turn to online as their preferred source for CPE, CPE Link is in the position to help firms manage CPE to keep everyone in compliance with mandatory requirements," said Sue Anderson, CPE Link cofounder and program director.
CPE Link is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education. They also provide programs that qualify for Enrolled Agents and Certified Financial Planners.