Training

Practice

Train clients to slash red tape, raise revenue, cut costs

Your clients look to you for expertise. With the economy sluggish right now, this might be an opportune time to offer training that could help them improve their financial outlook and prepare them for upcoming duties and requirements.

NASBA program approves CPE providers for listing on National Registry

Potential sponsors of continuing professional education (CPE) in accounting who need to receive accreditation in multiple states should plan to become listed on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's (NASBA) National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Professional development builds a better workforce

Having extra skills in your employment arsenal has never been so important. Here are some arguments in favor of ongoing continuing education that go beyond the need for meeting annual licensing requirements.
Practice

Incorporating social media into training objectives

With the increasing uptake of social media and engagement, trainers have the opportunity to reach employees through entirely new mediums.
Practice Management

Training is critical in good, bad economic times

For years, training often was something organizations felt obliged to do. That is, they felt obliged until things got bad and then, like other costs, spending on training was slashed until company finances got better.
A&A

Intuit hosts Path to Productivity Virtual Conference July 21-22

Intuit is hosting Path to Productivity, a two-day virtual conference designed to increase accounting and tax professionals’ productivity when using Intuit’s professional line of products.
Practice Management

3-D approach to firm growth

When we apply a 3D approach to firm growth, we can see a transformative impact on the firm’s culture and performance. Growth starts with the understanding of the direct correlation between the state of the people and firm outcomes.
Technology

QuickBooks Seminar System helps QuickBooks instructors build successful training businesses

The Sleeter Group has announced the general availability of the QuickBooks Seminar System, a complete, turn-key system that empowers accountants and consultants to teach QuickBooks in classrooms and industry settings without much preparation.
Education & Careers

Need more CPE hours? Consider transient training

If you're feeling the grind of accumulating 40 hours of CPE by the end of the year, it's not too late to incorporate learning with some fun in the sun by 12/31.
Technology

How technology is changing continuing professional education

By Thomas G. Stephens, Jr., CPA.CITPTwenty years ago, virtually all continuing professional education (CPE) events were the same – an instructor stood in front of an audience flipping transparencies on an overhead projector. To say the least, attention spans were challenged! Then, in the mid-1990s, things began to change with the advent of personal computers, data projectors, and presentation software. Benefitting from technology, CPE events became livelier and more interactive and participants benefitted from more engaging content delivery.

On CPE trends – changing and accommodating

Contributed by the Illinois CPA SocietyA quick comparison between a "CPE Update" course list from a few years ago and another from a few weeks ago tells you a lot about what's happening with Continuing Professional Education (CPE) today. For starters, there's the sheer size and variety of offerings. In 2006, for example, two-and-a-half pages were sufficient for a list that now covers six pages.

Investing in the future: Training to prepare for growth opportunities

By Dennis Tepe, CPA, partner-in-charge, tax services, Jackson Rolfes Spurgeon & Co.The question of what hot topics in continuing education will support professional and revenue growth in 2009 and in the future becomes very interesting in the context of the current economic and political climate. Since my personal discipline is in the area of taxation I will begin there. The core area of International Taxation continues to cross more desks and consequently demands a greater degree of specialization and training. This is particularly newer territory for many local and regional firms.

Top CPE priorities reflect changes in tax and regulatory environment

Accountants face a serious knowledge challenge and an enormous business opportunity in Spring 2009, as they prepare to meet client demand for business and tax consulting services in a severe downturn and a changed tax environment clearly evident in the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). According to a study of 250 accountants and small business owners released in March by Intuit Inc., clients already struggling with the economic downturn will be turning to their accountants more than ever to help them manage their businesses.

Intuit free seminar provides new features and CPE for accounting professionals

Do you need CPE credits? Do you also need to know what is new from Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks and Lacerte?If your answers are yes, then this event might be just what you're looking for.
Education & Careers

A Conversation With... Valerie Wendt: Trends in accounting education

AccountingWEB asked Valerie Wendt, product manager for Bisk Education, Inc., to discuss trends in accounting education. Bisk offers online CPE courses through CPEasy and CPA review courses that have helped more than 140,000 candidates pass the CPA Exam since 1971.Q: When the CPA Exam changed from a paper-and-pencil format to a computer-based test in 2004, the number of exam takers declined significantly. Are the numbers back up to pre-2004 levels? Does Bisk play a role at all in encouraging people to take the exam? What's the biggest hang-up in taking the exam?
Practice

Real world education: Tips for workplace training

Formal education is a finite exercise, it ends with graduation or certification, although there is no limit on the number of degrees and diplomas a person can earn. Learning, however, never ends. In fact, long-term success in business demands that individuals continue learning, but not always through continued formal education.
Technology

ERP software webinar announced

Technology Group International (TGI) and Panorama Consulting Group have announced a joint educational Webinar offering tips and techniques for successfully organizing and managing ERP software selection projects in the small to medium business (SMB) market. This free Webinar titled, "ERP Software: Failing to Plan Means Planning to Fail," will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. You can register in advance for the free online Webinar.
Community News

Novogradac & Co. to host affordable housing conference

Participants attending San Francisco-based Novogradac & Company LLP's 15th Annual Affordable Housing Conference, September 10-11, 2008 at the Fairmont San Francisco will hear California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer address the shape of the national and state economies and how they are affecting housing and its affordability.
Technology

IAC University offers QuickBooks training online

IAC Professionals, a global Virtual Assisting company, has launched its new interactive training site, IAC University.IAC University is a new learning resource for professionals who are looking for training in accounting and Intuit QuickBooks software. IAC University is currently offering three methods for delivery of the training sessions; Web based classrooms, live group classes, and one-on-one training.

AICPA to offer XBRL seminar

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is offering a special two-day seminar, July 22-23, for financial professionals on understanding and applying the new eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) required for public companies by the Securities and Exchange Commission."This is a significant emerging issue for preparers," said Arleen Thomas, AICPA senior vice president member competency and development. The SEC proposed on May 30 to require all U.S.

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