CPAs have received a blessing in disguise with the annual continuing professional education requirements that force them to learn something new.   “Selection of learning activities should be a thoughtful, reflective process addressing the individual CPA’s current work plans, current knowledge and skills level and desired or needed additional competencies to meet future opportunities and/or professional responsibilities,” according to the statement on standards for CPE programs issued jointly by the AICPA and NASBA.   This sounds like a guiding principle that every working person in any industry should follow in order to better serve the public and, quite frankly, themselves.

Tons of vendors offer discounted, and often free, ways for accountants to become power users of their applications. TaxSimple is in the process of calling customers to offer them training now in hopes of decreasing some of the tech support calls during busy season. Staying hip to current trends, CCH in August introduced a CPE Podcast Center with downloadable audio files about recent developments and emerging issues in tax and accounting that people can listen to on their MP3 players to earn continuing professional education credits while commuting on the subway or hanging out in the park.

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