Posted by Michelle Schusterman on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 05:00
Professional development is essential for staying on top in your field — whether you’re just about to graduate or you're a CFO with a master’s degree and a few decades of experience. You can earn CPA credits with the help of associations like the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). You can gain skills at conference workshops and seminars. Or you can boost your success with the following accounting courses and webinars.
Robert Half Webinars
Today’s employers want strong nontechnical skills. For advice on both honing soft skills for employees and encouraging soft skill development in staff for employers, check out “Critical Nontechnical Skills: The Essentials for Success in a Diverse Workplace.” This webinar — hosted by Robert Half and Latino business association ALPFA — features thoughts and tips from professionals, including Gilbert Cabrera, Safeway’s vice president of finance, and Linda Howard, treasurer of the Orlando Utilities Commission.
Recruiting challenges and salary trends are a hot topic again in 2015. The Robert Half webinar “What You Need to Know to Hire and Be Hired in the New Year: 2015 Financial Employment and Compensation Outlook”offers insight into what both finance managers and accounting job seekers are facing this year.
American Institute of CPAs: The AICPA website offers self-study courses on a variety of topics. Courses cover SEC reporting requirements, a review of FASB standards, XBRL fundamentals and more. You’ll also find live webinars for CPAs, which look at everything from tax updates to ethics.
American Payroll Association: The APA offers both live seminars and webinars. They qualify as CPE credits for professionals in payroll and accounts payable and have no prerequisites.
Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance: The AFWA offers accounting courses through its local chapters, as well as its spring and national conferences. They’re designed for women maintaining their CPAs and CMAs.
Institute of Internal Auditors: Accounting certifications offered by the IIA include the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). You can also take advantage of the organization’s professional development platforms, including seminars, eLearning courses, on-site training and conferences.
Which accounting certifications and courses have you found to be most useful when it comes to climbing the career ladder? Share your professional development tips in the comments below.