ACPEN Signature courses are the flagship CPE events of ACPEN, and the top of the line in CPE programing.
Signature courses, begin in May each year, continue monthly throughout the year, and are replayed for live credit several times, including in December and January.
Each showcases important and timely CPE topics, using enhanced production techniques, and are delivered by panels of national experts, practitioners, and representatives of regulatory and standard setting bodies.
To see what courses are included in this year, please click on the ACPEN Signature category below.
As our profession, and society, is continually being rocked by accounting scams and scandals, we need to be informed and alert. This popular webcast takes a direct and in-depth look at four recent court cases involving accusations that accountants missed or overlooked obvious "red flags." Questions about due diligence, professional competence, planning and supervision, and the gathering of sufficient data inevitably arise in these situations. This webcast examines recent "real life" cases and controversies that have highlighted three overlapping domains: accountants' due diligence, accounting ethics, and accountants' professional liability.
• Four recent "real life" accounting scandals involving missed "red flags" are studied from the ground up. Emphasis is on those recent cases that have been resolved to some extent, so that participants are considering facts and not merely rumors or allegations.
• The analysis and discussion of each case emphasizes both the accounting and professional ethics aspects.
• Course materials - provided online - include court opinions and other pertinent resources pertaining to both the accounting and the ethical issues. The links to the online "handouts" that will be discussed during the webcast are available a few days ahead of time at www.spaldingcpe.com.
Just like a live seminar, you attend a webcast at a scheduled time, only you do it from a web page on your computer. Webcasts include video and audio of the speakers, slides, and handout materials — all on your computer!
Albert Spalding is an attorney-CPA, and holds the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designation from the AICPA. Professor Spalding serves on the faculty of the Department of Accounting at the Wayne State University School of Business Administration, where he teaches business law, tax, forensic and fiduciary accounting, and professional ethics in the MS in Accounting and MS in Taxation programs. Bert Spalding has also served on the legal staff of the IRS National Office in Washington, D.C. He holds graduate degrees in accounting, law, psychology and philosophy, and has authored several books and many journal articles on accounting, tax, legal and ethics-related topics. His SpaldingCPE seminars and webinars on accounting, tax, and professional ethics are widely received around the State of Michigan as well as nationally.