The American Institute of CPAs is increasing its webcast options to allow CPAs to attend AICPA conferences virtually.

Options include a full roster of conference activities. Participants can watch or listen to live broadcasts of keynotes and major panels and choose among simultaneous breakout sessions, just as if they were attending the conference in person.

Another option is “mini-packs.” For a lower cost, CPAs can choose a specific number of online sessions, ranging from six to nine, depending on the conference, over the course of a single event.

As an add-on to the options above or on their own, pre-conference workshops offer an opportunity to drill down into subject areas and sharpen specific skills.

CPAs also have a wider range of choices on webcasts, including new virtual four-hour and eight-hour seminars.  These courses offer in-depth training, in either audio or video format, on such topics as health care reform or the new clarified auditing standards. A downloadable manual guides participants through the course material. 

Shorter-duration webcasts include the Tax Power Hour, a monthly hour-long audio session on a single topic. And the AICPA also offers a number of webcast series, such as the quarterly Advanced Accounting & Auditing Update for Non-Public Entities, which provides timely briefings on changes in rules and regulatory standards for private companies and not-for-profits.

“CPAs value flexibility,” said AICPA vice president of member learning and competency Clar Rosso in a statement. “Whether you’re looking to attend every moment of a conference virtually or only want to attend select sessions, we have options for you. Plus, the AICPA offers an array of webcasts daily that range in length from one to eight hours, providing a number of different ways for CPAs to build career skills and better serve their clients or employers.”

Some of the upcoming AICPA virtual conferences include the National Advanced Accounting and Auditing Technical Symposium (July 11-12), the Advanced Estate Planning Conference (July 15-17) and the National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update East Conference (Aug. 12-13).

For more information about AICPA Web events, visit www.cpa2biz.com/webcasts.

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