As a CPA, you know that your mandatory CPE credit can be earned by participating in a wide variety of courses, webinars, workshops and conferences. Because summer and fall are slower seasons for tax professions, now is the perfect time to earn that CPE credit so you can hit the ground running when tax season starts. Today, we’re sharing our roundup of 10 great provider options for continuing your education as a tax professional. Every provider included is on the NASBA National Registry and is QAS approved.
In the AICPA Store you’ll find tons of “high-quality, self-paced courses”– some worth more than 50 credits. The majority of the courses are available on-demand, but some are offered through other formats. The topic with the most course options is management accounting. Many of the courses cost money, but there are also some free courses available.
American CPE offers more than 200 customer-reviewed courses available in several formats: downloadable text, printed text, or CD. To get unlimited access to all courses for one year (a possible 1,700 credit hours!), purchase the One-Year Unlimited Gold CPE Package. Instant grading and certificates are included in the unlimited package.
Western CPE offers many different programs with options to take the course online, on-demand, or with a hard copy booklet. Course credit hours range from 1-31, and online exams are graded instantly with an option to download a certificate. Faxed and mailed-in exams will be graded within one business day, and your results certificate will be emailed to you. Each course overview includes an outline that you can look over before purchase.
Accountants Education Group
Accountants Education Group has been around for nearly 30 years and has met the needs of more than 100,000 CPAs. Courses – some worth up to 40 CPE credits – are available in text and downloadable formats and can be ordered by phone, mail, fax or online. You can also view course highlights before purchase. To get lifetime access to CPE resources, become an AEG Platinum Member.
Becker Professional Education®
Becker Professional Education offers more than 300 courses that are “regularly updated to reflect current industry challenges.” A complimentary demo is available for nearly every course so that you can get a taste of what the course includes before purchase. Courses are taught by industry leaders, and Becker Professional Education maintains strong relationships with the top United States accounting firms. Prices for courses and packages are offered as flat fees.
Surgent Professional Education
Surgent Professional Education has been around for 30 years and has issued 5.6 million CPE credits. They offer more than 2,600 live webinars and seminars each year, plus many self-study courses that cover over 250 topics. Courses are worth between 2-20 CPE credits with instant results and certificates. Before you purchase a course, you can view the major topics of the course, learning objectives and other details such as which organizations approve the course.
New York Institute of Finance
The New York Institute of Finance, “where Wall Street goes to school,”™ has been educating tax professionals for more than 90 years. Over 300 in-person and online classes are available, for various amounts of CPE credit. The in-person classes typically go for 1-5 days. You can look through a course overview that shows the daily curriculum of the course, learning objectives, and for whom the course is recommended before purchase.
Florida Institute of CPAs
The Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) offers in-person programs, on-demand courses and more than 2,000 webinars. Members of FICPA get discounted courses, but for a “best- value” price per course, you can purchase a CPE Power Pass, which allows you to pick from tons of exam-free webinars, valid through June 30, 2017.
UltimateCPE boasts a zero percent failure rate across its variety of courses, authored by accounting professors and experts in their field. Exams are graded in 48 hours (during business days), unless you pay a fee to have them graded faster. You can order courses by phone, mail, fax or online. Enrolled agents are also able to receive CPE credit through the courses.
If you’re looking to learn the elements of Microsoft Excel most relevant to tax pros, Excel University is the provider for you. Written by Jeff Lenning, CPA and CITP, Excel University is divided into volumes that cover different features of Excel. This course is available as a series of books or as online courses, with included solution videos and workbooks. A vast majority of students who completed this course (98.9% in fact) said they would recommend Excel University to a friend.
Each state has different CPE credit requirements determined by their State Board of Accountancy. Check the requirements for your state here.