The American Institute of CPAs has published a free career development guide to help CPAs and other financial professionals obtain federal economic stimulus grants for training and certifications to increase their job prospects.

The free white paper, "Training Grants and You: Expansion Through Career Development," identifies nearly $6 billion in federal budget and economic stimulus funds available through the Labor Department that businesses and job seekers can use to improve their professional skills.

“People that have been in transition for an extended period of time may be able to get government stimulus money for training to keep their skills current,” said AICPA vice president for business, industry and government Carol Scott in a statement. “This white paper can help CPAs direct their organization to government-subsidized job training for eligible new employees, including those who have been previously unemployed or dislocated.”

The Employment and Training Administration, a part of the Labor Department, has allocated $2.9 billion annually for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 for workforce training. Additional funds are available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for on-the-job or direct training.

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