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How do you complete CPE requirements after you leave big 4?

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Big 4 give presentations for credit. CPE depot.

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Where? You just go watch the presentation? Is it free?

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You can sign up for mailing lists for all of them I believe. Most are online webcasts. I work at a big enough company that they also come in and give presentations.

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There's various CPE seminars that are given. I get circulars for them in the mail all the time.

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I stayed certified during 5 years in industry and 10 years consulting before returning to B4 audit. If you are interviewing, once you get to the offer letter point, make sure the employer supports, both in time and money, you attending 40 hours per year. What courses you will want to take will vary based on your job and what state/city you are in. There are lots of courses online, there is the SEC Institute that holds great seminars if you are lucky enough to live near where they are held (I went every year in San Francisco), your state society likely holds weeks with multiple courses, and the AICPA holds live as well as online courses? There are also several other organizations that offer one day seminars. Finding the courses is the easy part. Getting the time off and company to pay can be harder, but any decent employer will be fully supportive of this.

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PwC Open University is available free of charge from the firm's website. AICPA has lots of courses, and the state CPA societies are good sources too.

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So most companies pay for it?

I get catalogs and calls all the time from companies like CPE Solutions- I assume they get my info from some database of CPEs. Usually when I tell them I get all my CPE for free from my firm they'll let me hang up. Usually.

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