In gearing up for a new season of continuing professional education, providers are offering more of the same popular courses - updates in ethics, risk assessment standards and internal control - but are also responding to growing demand for diversity in delivery formats."We found that many of our members are favoring four-hour programs, contrasted with eight-hour programs," said Alan Schmelkin, managing director of operations for the New York State Society of CPAs, adding that he plans to offer upwards of 15 new titles at the shorter length. "Some people aren't able to commit for a full day. It's a much more acceptable kind of education timing for some of our audience."

More technology programs designed specifically for accountants - such as an advanced focus on Microsoft Excel, as well as sessions on FIN 48, which Schmelkin described as "very, very hot" - are on the society agenda for the upcoming year, as well as a program on building auditor communications skills.

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