Professional Ethics for Massachusetts CPAs

4 Credits: Regulatory Ethics


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Professional Ethics for Massachusetts CPAs

Course Level
CPE Credits

4 Credits: Regulatory Ethics

Course Description

Professional Ethics for Massachusetts CPAs is a comprehensive course tailored for CPAs practicing in Massachusetts, designed to fulfill the state’s 4-hour professional ethics CPE requirement. The course begins with an insightful overview of ethical thought, laying the foundation for understanding the core values that define the CPA profession. Participants will delve into the intricacies of ethical reasoning, applying these principles to real-world scenarios. The course provides an in-depth study of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, along with the specific ethical standards and rules promulgated by the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy. Case studies interspersed throughout the course material serve to reinforce the ethical concepts, providing practical examples of how these standards are applied in various situations. This course not only ensures compliance with professional requirements but also enhances participants’ ability to navigate ethical challenges, reinforcing their role as trusted professionals in the accounting field.

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Define morals and ethics from a professional perspective, noting the differences between each as well as their relationship to accepted ethical standards
  • Recognize ethical standards contained in the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy rules, noting state-specific requirements regarding certification, code of ethics, and rules of professional conduct
  • Identify the concepts and ethical standards contained in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
August 28, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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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 …