Welcome to the Online Continuing Professional Education for Certified Public Accountants
offered through Santa Clara University, in conjunction with the Accounting CPE Network.
The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) is a joint project of state CPA Societies and other affilliated organizations who have a common goal: improving the quality and accessibility of distance learning opportunities available to their members.
Webinar technology has, for some time, been a common offering of many participating ACPEN associations. Combining powerpoint slides delivered via the internet with audio of the instructor, either by telephone or internet, the webinar format allows for the delivery of educational content in a convenient, but visually limited fashion.
The ACPEN network is founded on the use of streaming video content over the internet that provides the participant with live, full motion video of the presenter, high quality audio, along with coordinated powerpoint slides. The ACPEN platform, provided by Business Professionals' Network and its technology partner, BizVision, also allows the end user to fully participate in the webcast by downloading written materials, emailing questions to presenters in real time, making notes in the viewer "notes" area, and emailing those notes to themselves for later use.
ACPEN programming features enhanced production values and formats appropriate to the video medium. Presenters interact with each other as well as you, the ACPEN participant. This delivers an educational experience that is engaging, interesting, as well as professionally rewarding.
It is this unique combination of valuable information delivered using interactive live, video and audio internet technology that define The ACPEN Difference.
The Accounting Continuing Professional Education Network (ACPEN) CPE network, sponsored by State CPA Societies in many states, is dedicated to bringing, highly relevant, interactive, world-class CPE to every CPA in the most convenient and economical ways possible. Founded by four state societies in 1997, ACPEN is now a consortium of nearly 40 state societies.
Since 1998, ACPEN has been owned and managed by Business Professionals' Network, a firm that is responsible for the development of CPE content, management of the network, and that ensures that the satellite and internet technology is and stays at the cutting edge, for the benefit of state societies and their member CPAs. More information about ACPEN course offerings can be found below.
Since 1997, ACPEN programs have covered all of the most important subjects for accounting, tax and financial professionals. This year, you can join the thousands of CPAs across the country who have a reserved seat to one of the most fascinating ways to earn CPE credits available anywhere! In addition to CPE content developed by BPN, increasingly, state societies are taking advantage of webcast technology, adding their content and speakers to the ACPEN offerings.
More information about ACPEN CPE products and technology, can be found in the ACPEN Products section.
New in 2014!
The ACPEN Signature Series™ schedule for 2014 is now online! These courses are the flagship CPE events of ACPEN. Signature Series™ courses, beginning in May each year, continue monthly throughout the year. Each showcases important and timely CPE topics, using enhanced production techniques, delivered by panels consisting of national experts, practitioners, and representatives of regulatory and standard setting bodies. To see what courses are included in the Series this year, please click on the ACPEN Signature category below. In addition, we have added new topics and new presenters to the ACPEN Industry Institute, ACPEN Tax Institute and the Partner Produced categories of our catalog.
Length: 8 Hours
This year’s annual update seminar is designed for accountants and auditors, with a special focus on those who work with and in non-public entities. Our panel of experts will provide in-depth analysis of the most recent pronouncements from the FASB, AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee, Accounting and Review Services Committee, and the Auditing Standards Board. Using their perspective as professionals with unique access to and experience with these entities, they will explain how the new developments will affect financial statement preparers and auditors alike. In addition, you will receive a one hour general ethics update.
As a special professional update, you will receive a briefing by a FASB board member on the status and progress of the new Private Company Council (PCC) of the Financial Accounting Foundation. Understanding the direction of this this effort is critical for those who work with private companies in the US. This presentation will cover the forces affecting private company financial reporting, the accommodations that have already been made for private companies, what this process may mean for your clients, and how you can follow the process.
You will also learn about the new accounting, auditing, compilation and review standards and exposure drafts that will require dramatic changes in the performance of audits, and revisions to ethical rules. Join our panel of experts as they discuss these and other issues of the new accounting & auditing environment. As always, participants can direct their own questions and concerns to the panel.
CPE Credits: 8
Field of Study 1: Accounting (4 hours)
Field of Study 2: Auditing (4 hours)
Field of Study 3: Yellow Book (8 hours)
Field of Study 4: Regulatory Ethics - Non-state Specific (2 hours)
Program Level (Basic, Update, Intermediate, Advanced, Overview): Update
Instructional Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements: Online Registration
Designed For: Public and Industry Practitioners
Course Developer: Business Professionals' Network, Inc.
Refund/Cancellation Policy: Please contact the ACPEN help desk - 1-800-747-1719 or email@example.com if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer.
Complaint Resolution Policy: Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints. firstname.lastname@example.org, (972-377-8199).
Official Registry Statement: Business Professionals' Network, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org
Laura A. Billingsley, CPA, is a senior technical editor of PPC products for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is responsible for the technical content and annual update of several PPC products, including PPC’s Guide to Compilation and Review Engagements, and PPC’s Checkpoint e-Tools. She is a coauthor of PPC’s Guide to PCAOB Audits, PPC’s Guide to Religious Organizations, and PPC’s Guide to Fraud Risk Assessment: Implementing SAS 99 and Related Guidance. Before joining PPC, she was a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she managed audit, business assurance, and consulting engagements for a wide variety of domestic and international clients. Ms. Billingsley is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has a M.S. degree in accounting, a Masters degree in education, and a B.S. degree with a major in mathematics.
Gary’s professional career has encompassed public accounting in the capacity of staff to partner level in firms ranging from small to international practices, and industry experience at the controller and chief financial officer level. Gary’s experience also includes three years as a member of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. For several years, Gary served as the senior technical reviewer for the Texas Society of CPAs for peer reviews conducted in that state. Various organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and state societies of CPAs have named Gary as their discussion leader of the year. Participants have noted that he enhances his presentations by including real-life examples and drawing upon a “somewhat dry” sense of humor.
Gary, currently, is a partner in a small accounting practice in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, Gary is the President of RealisticApproach Seminars, Inc. RealisticApproach Seminars, Inc. develops and provides professional training, exclusively through state societies of CPAs, to CPAs throughout the country.
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