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December 5, 2017 | Spotlight

Institute’s financial management webinars earn national certification

Accountants throughout the country can now earn continuing professional education credits by enrolling in the Institute’s nationally certified financial management webinars.

Writer: Roger Nielsen

The Institute of Government is awarding continuing professional education credits to Georgians and accountants throughout the United States who successfully complete the Institute’s financial management training webinars.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy recently approved the Institute’s application to join its National Registry of CPE Sponsors. CPE sponsorship allows accountants anywhere in the United States to enroll in Institute webinars and earn the continuing professional education credits necessary to maintain CPA certification.

In addition, the Institute has asked NASBA to certify the Institute’s online financial management training courses to provide U.S. accountants another resource for earning CPE credits.

Organizations authorized to award CPE credits are listed in a NASBA registry that’s made available to boards of accountancy in all 50 states and to licensed accountants across the country, according to NASBA  Registry Administrator Jeff Price. “Your status as a registered sponsor affirms your commitment to the delivery of high-quality continuing professional education,” Price said.

Institute faculty member Beth Horacek championed the effort to earn NASBA certification. Many state boards of accountancy require CPAs to take courses that are certified by NASBA, and more and more accountants in Georgia prefer training that is NASBA-approved, Horacek pointed out. “Plus, the Institute’s financial management program is going to be more marketable by being on a national registry,” she said.

Faculty member John Hulsey delivered the inaugural webinar, “GASB 84: Practical Guidance for Accounting for Fiduciary Activities,” with faculty member Dave Lakly serving as host. A NASBA reviewer who attended the webinar determined that the course met NASBA standards, and the Institute is now eligible to declare all of its financial management webinars as NASBA-certified.

The Institute is also seeking NASBA certification for its new three-hour online courses, according to Tracy Arner, financial management program manager.