Ethics for CPAs in Business

2 Credits: Behavioral Ethics


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Ethics for CPAs in Business

Course Level
CPE Credits

2 Credits: Behavioral Ethics

Course Description

CPAs in business face unique threats to ethical compliance. Being reminded of the compliance threats and obligations is of utmost importance when confronted with an ethical situation. This course reviews morals, ethics, and professional ethical obligations from an overall standpoint and covers the concepts contained in the reformatted AICPA Code of Professional Conduct that became effective in 2014. The materials cover the core values contained in the Code and the application of these values to ethical reasoning. Realistic examples demonstrate the types of threats CPAs in business could face, providing an ethical thought process to resolving ethical dilemmas.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define morals and ethics, noting the differences between each as well as their relationship to accepted ethical standards
  • Identify various ethical behaviors in the context of social and professional groups, noting applicable threats to ethical conduct as well as applicable safeguards to institute
  • Note the concepts and standards contained in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, including the conceptual framework, as it relates to CPAs in business
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
April 27, 2022

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

Meet The Experts

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Joseph Helstrom, CPA, is a partner at CFO Resources, LLC, a company focused on training and courseware for CPAs. He’s also the owner of Mill Creek Publishing LLC. Joe has over 30 years of experience as a CPA in both public accounting and industry, with extensive experience in financial reporting and analysis, treasury, tax, information technology, legal and regulatory matters, and strategic planning. After graduation from Butler University with a degree in accounting, Joe got his start at Ernst & Young. Subsequent to that, he has served for several different companies as a chief financial officer; director of treasury and …

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