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5 Best places for free CPE credits
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5 Best places for free CPE credits

Mike Goosen, CPA
Mike Goosen, CPA
  • March 02, 2021 12:00 AM EST
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As a professional who works with the finances of individuals or companies, continuing education for an accountant is a must. By studying for a degree in accounting, you learn the fundamentals and the practical skills you will need to know to practice as an accountant. In a field that has new and changing principles and standards, the need for training never goes away. To stay up-to-date and to learn the changes in legislation and principles, you will need to take continuing education courses.

Whatever profession you belong to, you need to ensure that the continuing education courses from the provider that has met the standards set by NASBA, IRS, CFP Board, SHRM, HRCI, CMA and other national and global regulating bodies for accounting, tax and finance community.

Here is the list of quality continuing education providers :

myCPE

myCPE offers free continuing education courses for CPAs, EAs, CFPs, Tax Professionals, CMAs, CIAs, SHRM Professionals, HRCI Professionals, CPPs, FP-Canada, CPA Canada and others. myCPE is a continuing education platform that hosts a rich roster of speakers and trending topics. This website will surely tick all the checkboxes in your list. myCPE is only platform to provide free ethics webinars to the community. myCPE host variety of topic which includes -

Apart from being a quality continuing education provider, myCPE also supports their social initiative of 1 Credit = 1 Meal. Under this social initiative they provide a meal to the underprivileged for every credit you earn on their platform. Check all this on their "1 Credit = 1 Meal Timeline".

AICPA

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has a platform with more than 350+ self-study classes to stay current and enhance your technical skills. AICPA’s courses were developed by experts across the United States and cover a wide range of subjects. If you’re looking for another source of high-quality continuing professional education.

While most of their courses need to be purchased, there is a way to get some free CPE. On the left navigation of this CPE page, click on the link that says “Test New Self-Study Courses” and you can earn some credits for free!.

PWC

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) has created a great library of resources to help you earn free CPE credits. There are numerous video-based webcasts and classes that can be taken on a wide range of interesting topics and categories. They have three main categories on their website:

  • PDP Scheduled Public Seminars – check the events calendar to see when seminars are being held
  • PDP Webcasts – online seminars/courses
  • CFOdirect – contains both webcasts as well as on-demand CPE programs (focused on CFO related topics)

Deloitte

Deloitte has generated a very useful landing page with a long list of webinars that are potentially eligible for free CPE credits. Deloitte refers to these webcasts as Dbriefs and has a long list of upcoming ones. Examples of topics includes are :

  • Special Editions
  • China Issues
  • Financial Executives
  • HR Executives
  • Tax Executives
  • Industries
  • Private Companies

EY

Ernst and Young (EY) has built out a significant database of webcasts that are potentially eligible for free CPE credits. Webcast topics include:

  • Service Lines – accounting, tax, and transactions
  • Industries – auto, banking, consumer, insurance, media, mining, oil and gas, etc.
  • Other Topics – Affordable Care Act, CFO agenda, emerging markets, and other

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Mike Goosen, CPA

Mike Goosen, CPA

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The Author, Mike Goosen is a CPA and possesses significant experience in field of finance and management. He well- known presenter and has delivered various technical sessions on ethics, management and accounting.