The Colorado Society of CPAs has partnered with the AICPA to bring you certificate programs. Demonstrate competency, expand your career opportunities or enter new areas of practice by earning certificates. Developed by leading subject matter experts in the profession, successful completion of any program will allow you to stay distinguished and be recognized as a valuable asset to your firm or organization.

Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting

The Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting Certificate Program provides participants with a solid understanding of financial forensics. Covering the AICPA’s entire Body of Knowledge in this topic area, this online CPE self-study program consists of 19 required modules that utilize interactive scenario-based learning, including audio and video animation, to guide you through the concepts.

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Advanced Auditing of Employee Benefit Plans

Developed for experienced EBP plan auditors, the course will take you through mock audit exercises in which you will follow a “client” through each phase of an employee benefit plan audit engagement.

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CGMA Strategic Management Accounting Program

Starting with an enterprise view from the top, this CPE course guides you on a path from the development of an organizational strategy to the challenges of implementation.

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CGMA Financial Performance Management Program

These courses dive deeper into the technical skills needed by financial professionals in business and industry. Before providing the strategic insights, management accountants need to generate the right information that informs those insights.

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Controller Series

This series of short courses will explore key economic, financial, and regulatory issues that will have a substantial impact on financial and accounting decisions for years to come.

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Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate

Organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to detect, respond to, mitigate, and recover from cybersecurity events.

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Personal Financial Planning Boot Camp

The AICPA’s Personal Financial Planning Boot Camp is an informative and highly engaging review of all personal financial planning (PFP) topics including estate, retirement, investment, insurance/risk-management planning and the financial planning process, as well as including the new Statement on Standards in PFP Services.

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Personal Financial Planning Retirement Planning Certificate and Exam Bundle

This certificate program includes six dynamic courses covering critical steps in the retirement planning life cycle, including unique planning for aging and chronically ill clients.

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Personal Financial Planning Investment Planning Certificate and Exam Bundle

This certificate program includes eight courses covering steps in the investment planning life cycle, along with a discussion of planning for and funding higher education.

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Personal Financial Planning Estate Planning Certificate Program

The Estate Planning Certificate includes eight courses covering steps in the estate planning life cycle, including gifting strategies, charitable planning, and integrating your clients’ estate plans with their tax and financial plans.

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Not-for-Profit Certificate I Program

This comprehensive on-demand learning experience covers the core concepts of accounting and financial reporting, tax compliance, governance and assurance. This 40-hour interactive CPE program contains real-world examples, case studies, animations and videos to create a flexible, dynamic learning experience.

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Not-for-Profit Certificate II Program

After completing this course, you will be able to successfully prepare financial statements, complete the Form 990, build complex budgets, and guide the strategic planning process.

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Not-for-Profit Accounting and Financial Reporting Track - Basic

The 12 courses included in this track will provide a comprehensive foundation in GAAP reporting standards that apply to each of the major transaction cycles of a not-for-profit entity (NFP).

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Not-for-Profit Governance and Assurance Track - Basic

The six courses in this track will provide a foundation in board governance, auditing and financial oversight of not-for-profit entities (NFPs) with a focus on governance practices, risk management, internal control, audit planning and preparation.

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Not-for-Profit Tax Compliance Track - Basic

This 5-course set covers topics such as activities that can jeopardize tax-exempt status, the public support test requirement, reconciling Form 990 to financial statements and much more.

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Not-for-Profit Tax Compliance Track - Intermediate

Set yourself apart and get the tools and strategies you need to sharpen your skills in not-for-profit (NFP) tax compliance. The program builds on the core concepts as you get insights from industry leaders.

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Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting Track - Intermediate

You will learn techniques to successfully prepare an NFP’s financial statements, assess relationships with other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations to determine if consolidation is required, and how to interpret and analyze a set of NFP financial statements.

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Not-for-Profit Governance and Assurance Track - Intermediate

Learn how to measure performance, create a controllable budget, and drive the strategic planning process to achieve mission success. Also discussed are ethical issues, techniques to assess risks, and application of the COSO ERM Framework to develop a risk response strategy in the NFP environment.

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Preparation, Compilation, and Review Staff Essentials - Basic

This 17-hour curriculum, presented in 1 to 3 hour self-paced modules, will provide the comprehensive training needed to consistently and accurately perform these types of engagements.

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Audit Staff Essentials - New Staff Core Concepts

This curriculum introduces the audit from the firm’s perspective, covering core concepts that staff need to understand early in their careers, including the dynamics of in-firm and client relationships.

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Audit Staff Essentials - New Staff Practical Applications

This curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to perform the duties commonly assigned to first-year audit staff. Along with insight related to the audit process, this curriculum includes practical, hands-on training.

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Audit Staff Essentials - Experienced Staff/New In-Charge

This level provides information and best practices that focus on increasingly advanced audit topics. From broad concepts such as materiality and audit risk, through application-based discussions of topics such as contingent liabilities, investments, intangible assets and goodwill, to review of the working papers and summarizing the audit, this program provides the comprehensive coverage needed for a well-rounded audit staff.

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Audit Staff Essentials - Experienced In-Charge/Senior

From broad concepts such as risk assessment to application-based discussions of topics including revenue recognition estimates and fair value measurement, this program provides the comprehensive coverage needed for a well-rounded audit professional.

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Tax Staff Essentials - Level 1, New Staff

Your future tax professionals will be provided a broad range of practical tax instruction, including key issues surrounding the Individual taxation, new cost and repair regulations, S Corporation distributions, items affecting shareholder basis, Passive Activity Loss rules, and more.

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Tax Staff Essentials - Level 2, Experienced Staff

Level 2 will broaden your tax knowledge in the areas of multistate taxation, C Corporations, accounting methods and periods and choice of entity. Key subject matters covered include Inventory Valuation and Property Transactions which will be essential for servicing more complex clients. The Tax Staff Essentials courses establish a strong set of skills necessary to grow the abilities and confidence of junior and senior level staff, allowing them to work with greater independence and expand their role in your firm.

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Tax Staff Essentials - Level 3, Tax Senior/Supervisor

Level 3 training identifies the more difficult areas for experienced tax compliance specialists. We will focus on understanding business strategies, analyzing your client’s competitive position, and converting this knowledge into tax planning and business advice. Increasing exposure into specialized tax niches will position your work force to capitalize on emerging cross-selling opportunities.

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Tax Staff Essentials - Level 4, Tax Manager/Director

Tax Staff Essentials Level 4 contains the advanced technical level of training your firm needs to maintain and improve its core competencies. As your firms leaders expand their levels of expertise, so does your firm expand its ability to offer its professional services to new and existing clients. Key areas covered include IRS audits, international tax, advanced topics in partnership taxation and accounting for deferred taxes, and individual and small business tax planning.

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