Accounting Professional Development

UM-Flint offers behavioral ethics courses in an easy, flexible self-study format.  You can choose when, where, and how to earn your CPEs!

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The University of Michigan-Flint is approved to conduct programs in compliance with uniform standards for continuing education in the accounting profession. 

Please check with your State Boards of Accountancy on CPE requirements.


Confidentiality Principles: Understanding and Guidance

CPAs have an obligation to act professionally. Paying attention to the Code of Professional Conduct and upholding their professional standards has never been so important. This course reviews two scenarios that could have been avoided. One case is fictitious, the other is very real. We look at those situations and review how the revised Code of Professional Conduct provides guidance in the areas of clients and confidential client information.

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Conflict of Interest: Identifying and Managing Situations

Conflicts of interest can pop-up at any time in the accounting profession. Keeping a careful eye to circumstances and knowing the rules and processes that can protect you as a professional and your firm as a whole is important. This course reviews the rules and takes a look at some common scenarios from the industry.

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NAVIGATING THE NEW CODE: A Map to Finding What You Need

This course has been designed to help professionals learn to use the new tools available in the electric version of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. Using navigation techniques and search features, you can get the answers you need faster than ever before and ensure all threats and risks are avoided.

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Upon completing this course, you will be able to understand why ethics evaluation, measurement and monitoring are needed; identify best practice for program effectiveness; and recognize a framework for implementing a program at your organization.

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Our focus takes ethics seriously, showing why being ethical demands more than simply following the law and even more than what is stated in professional codes of conduct. The course is analytic, following the analytic and critical thought patterns common to those professionals who hold the CPA license. However, we have also infused some humor and interesting perspectives to lighten this heavy topic.

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Independence: Threats and Safeguards  

CPAs independence is based entirely on appearance and it is important to be aware of not only the written rules in the Code of Professional Conduct but also if the engagement is not viewed as questionable by outsiders and third-parties that may rely on the information provided. In this course, we not only review the rules as they appear in the revised Code, but also look at threats to the profession and solutions to them.

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Remaining Objective in Client Engagements                 

CPAs can't ignore the reality that today there are constant problems with objectivity, conflicts of interest, and independence and the actions of accounting professionals are constantly under scrutiny. It this course, we take a look at a common divorce situation and how the rules in the Code of Professional Conduct guide us to remain objective and provide guidance when we feel pressure from clients to act otherwise.       

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Ethical Issues Presented by Today's Technology

The accounting profession is undergoing significant changes in the way they work. Never before has technology changed so rapidly and presented an industry with questions of ethical usage and data security. In this course, we describe a few of the most common technologies making changes in the industry and apply the rules of the Code of Professional Conduct.       

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