Luckily, most firms have embraced the online method of receiving these valued CPE credits.
CPAmerica International members have taken advantage of the summer S Corporations Series – a soup-to-nuts approach on S corporation taxation that provides education for staff from basic to intermediate- level webinars.
Averaging more than 350 participants per webinar, programs held in June show the value of providing online CPE at a good price. Starting in July, the S corporation series will continue with more advanced topics.
CPAmerica members receive not only CPE credits, they actually learn S Corporation taxation, starting with the very basic through the more advanced issues.
You’ve heard the advantages of online CPE vs. live programs. In addition to less time out of the office and better pricing than live courses, many firms are taking advantage of the group participation option. From new staff to partners, our members’ tax personnel gather in conference rooms to participate in the webinar together. After the webinar, they take time to discuss specific client situations or revenue opportunities.
A great instructor doesn’t hurt either. Many recognize Jim Hamill as one of the best tax instructors in the nation, and members participating in this series certainly agree:
“Jim Hamill is one of the best instructors I have had: concise, clear, does not patronize – effectively presents the material in a way that can be understood without boring you to death even though it is dry material. Retention of information provided is guaranteed. Great choice of presenter.”
“Jim always does a nice job. This elementary class in S-corps was very helpful for our newest accountants and a good review for those who have been in the business for a while.”
“Great topics for some new practitioners and seasoned veterans to refresh on.”
“This series is awesome; James also does an incredible job at presenting material. So much to learn from him!”
In addition to the S corporation series, CPAmerica is also offering an A&A series beginning this month, presented by national expert, Dr. Tom Ratcliffe. These programs will differ from the content presented in Ratcliffe’s Plain English programs, to which many members subscribe.
The four-part series will highlight some of the hot topics impacting the A&A profession, such as asset impairment, fair value, independence, and VIEs. The first program takes place Thursday, July 26 – Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures: Some Current Practice Issues.
Another hot topic for CPA firms, the so-called “repair regs,” will impact a huge number of members’ clients. We are pleased that one member firm with a specialty practice in cost segregation will be presenting on this topic in August.
One of the advantages of being a member of CPAmerica is the association’s ability to proactively provide high-quality CPE to its members. Our Expert Services Team (directors of tax, A&A, and concierge services) coordinates the topics and speakers – with the input of our members – to bring topics/formats that will best serve members’ continuing education needs.
Webinars can be a great way to learn and satisfy your continuing education requirements. When creatively structured, they can also be a great way to stimulate discussion and encourage your team to work as a group.
Want to know more about the webinar series? Or have questions on how to become a CPAmerica member? Email us here!
Gretchen Sledge, Member Services Manager at CPAmerica International and CPAConnect. In her role within the Member Services team, Gretchen produces the webinar partnership series, oversees member training and CPE, serves as a resource for member firms and coordinates the CPAConnect Roundtable.