5 Accounting Training Opportunities Outside Your Company

By Robert Half April 26, 2017 at 12:00pm

Job training is critical for accounting professionals who want to stay on top of new regulations and practices. The skills you use on a day-to-day basis are built both inside and outside the classroom. With additional accounting training, you can further develop your functional and soft skills.

One of the simplest ways to gain finance and accounting job training is to seek opportunities for professional development within your place of employment: Take on new assignments. Get cross-training. Ask for mentoring.

However, it is still important to remember the many opportunities available outside of your company, which can greatly develop your skills and provide you with opportunities to network with new contacts. Here are five ways to get accounting training on your own:

1. Obtain certifications and advanced degrees

With a certification, you demonstrate proficiency in a particular area of accounting. The certified public accountant (CPA) certification, for example, is the most popular license among accountants. To earn this designation, you have to complete applicable coursework, have accounting work experience, pass a detailed exam and meet state-specific requirements.

College coursework also pays dividends when you advance beyond the bachelor's degree and obtain a master's of business administration (MBA). Controllers and external forensic auditors, for example, typically have MBAs.

2. Attend seminars and conferences

You can also get access to accounting and finance job training by attending events hosted by private companies, professional organizations and universities. The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the American Management Association (AMA), for instance, host numerous seminars that provide information on the evolving industry, the labor marketing for accounting and finance professionals, and the changing economy.

3. Register with Accountemps

One advantage to finding employment as an Accountemps temporary professional is gaining access to free online job training tools. Our library of online training materials includes thousands of courses, books, articles, videos and research reports on the following subjects:

  • QuickBooks
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Legal compliance
  • Business processes
  • Project management
  • Many more

4. Check out online job training

Online job training and webinars are a great way to get job training without having to travel to seminars. Both can give you tips on functional skills, such as efficient ways to use Microsoft Excel or new regulations regarding the tax code.

5. Join a professional association

There are a number of professional organizations specific to accountants that offer exclusive job training opportunities for members. Members of Financial Executives International, for example, receive reduced rates for national conferences. Members also get access to public policy education, publications and journals.

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