For CPA New Brunswick, professional development is a continuing commitment

Posted on May 05, 2021 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments

Be the best. Give 110 per cent. They’re great goals. But for the members of the Chartered Professional Accountants of New Brunswick, continuing professional development (CPD) is not just an aspiration. It’s a cornerstone of their commitment to their profession, communities, and province.

“We’re all about helping our members excel in their real-life roles,” says the Moncton-based organization’s President and CEO, Mylène Lapierre. “That means ensuring they have access to ongoing learning that enhances their knowledge, accuracy, and professionalism as effective and successful CPAs working on behalf of the public they serve in so many ways.”

In fact, the requirements are as rigorous as they are vital. Every CPA NB member must complete 120 hours of CPD every three-year rolling period. That includes a minimum 20 hours annually, and four hours of verifiable CPD in professional ethics over the three-year rolling cycle.

 

 

Fortunately, the organization goes out of its way to make it happen. There is, for example, the spring CPD Program (May-June) that provides over 100 hours of verifiable CPD. Then, there’s the June Annual General Meeting (one-two hours of CPD); the fall CPD Conference (160 hours); lunch-and-learns three-five times a year (three-ten hours of CPD in total); and various chapter-led events eight-ten times a year (16-30 hours of CPD, altogether). Plus, says Lapierre, “Our e-learning, on demand offerings include more than 170 titles that vary in length from one to 14 hours each…It’s really all about going above and beyond.”

And not just for CPAs. Many of the organization’s CPD courses are also open to members of the public. Apart from their technical programs, CPA NB offers a range of training in leadership and communications skills; cybersecurity and IT best practices; problem-solving and decision-making; ethical values; human resource management; and financial and investment management.

Says Lapierre: “It’s all part of our commitment to the CPA designation and to promoting the interests of all New Brunswickers.” •

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