Emerging Technologies for Accountants, Including Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

4 Credits: Information Technology


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Emerging Technologies for Accountants, Including Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Course Level
CPE Credits

4 Credits: Information Technology

Course Description

Prior to this course, the concepts of blockchain, cryptocurrencies, big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning might appear as distant and complex technologies unrelated to the day-to-day functions of finance professionals. However, this course serves as a bridge, connecting attendees from a basic understanding of these technologies to a comprehensive grasp of their applications in the finance and accounting sectors. The course breaks down each of these emerging technologies, explaining their mechanisms and the transformative potential they hold for the future of work. Attendees will explore a variety of use cases, learning how these innovations differ from and can improve upon current practices. The course also highlights the similarities and differences among big data, AI, and machine learning, equipping participants with the knowledge to identify practical applications and implications for their professional roles. By the end of this session, attendees will not only be able to define and understand these key technologies but also be prepared to embrace and leverage them in their professional environment.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptocurrency, Big Data, and Machine Learning
  • Identify the Major Similarities and Differences Between Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning
  • List Examples of Potential Use Cases for Each of the Technologies Discussed in this Session and Identify How These Technologies Differ from Current Practices
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
March 23, 2022

Basic knowledge of technology strategy and standards

Advanced Preparation


Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

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Thomas G. (Tommy) Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. In 1994, Mr. Stephens opened his public accounting practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In his practice, Mr. Stephens provided accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a wide variety of small and emerging businesses. He developed a successful consulting practice providing installation and support services of small business accounting software. Additionally, he has authored and presented continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. Mr. Stephens has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for …

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