Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

AICPA, State Societies to Establish CPE Network

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

AICPA, State Societies to Establish CPE Network

Article excerpt

State CPA societies and the American lnstitute of CPAs are leading an effort to establish a network that would consolidate some of their efforts in the development, purchase, sale and delivery of continuing professional education to CPAs.

The Continuing Professional Education Network would provide CPE that is responsive to members' needs, cut costs to both state society and individual CPE buyers, avoid duplication of courses and explore new methods and technologies for delivering CPE.

This proposed voluntary association, which would include the Institute, state CPA societies and independent CPE vendors, is still being developed. In September the CPE planning committee, made up of state society and Institute members and staff, circulated to state CPA society officials, independent CPE vendors and others an exposure draft of a framework for the network. At press time, the group was scheduled to meet in October to discuss the comments received and hammer out the network's structure and ground rules.

Keeping up with the times

"Change is coming and we must be prepared," A. Marvin Strait, chair of the AICPA CPE board of management and CPE planning committee, told the Journal. "With the combined resources of the network we will have the ability to keep up with evolving technologies for delivering CPE, such as CD-ROM and interactive courses. We would like the network to be in place within a matter of months and hope that all state societies will find it to their advantage to participate. …

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