If firms want their employees to pass the CPA Exam, they're going to have to give them time, support and incentives.

But figuring out how much of each becomes a real conundrum to some firms.

Jim Boomer, chief information officer and senior consultant with Boomer Consulting, is a Gen X-er who recently passed the exam himself. He provides some tips in today's article entitled "Helping Employees Prepare for the CPA Exam."

It's one of those cases when hearing tips from people who have gone through the experience recently can really help firms decide what to do with their own emerging stars.