Thomson Reuters has begun offering a new Checkpoint Learning Tax Research Certificate Program for tax professionals.

The program aims to help professionals develop basic tax research knowledge and skills, both filling in knowledge gaps for entry-level tax professionals and for those re-entering the workforce after an extended leave. The program also applies to accounting and audit professionals from various organizations who wish to obtain tax research capabilities.

Built around Thomson Reuters’ CPEasy continuing professional education software, the blended learning format includes live instructor-led webinars, an online self-study course, and a written tax research case study to give tax professionals the tools to perform federal and state tax research. The case study is graded manually, with feedback provided to each program participant.

“Tax research proficiency is all too often underserved in formal education programs, leaving new accountants missing key skills required to perform effectively,” said Ken Koskay, senior vice president of learning solutions with the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, in a statement. “This new Checkpoint Learning certificate program focuses on the development of those key tax research skills and provides assurance of consistent, high-quality training that benefits new graduates, employers, and individual tax professionals,”

Candidates who successfully complete the course work and final exam will earn a tax research competency certificate as well as up to 20 hours of continuing education credit. The certificate can be renewed annually by completing eight hours of specially identified CPE credit.

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