Continuing Ed for CPA's
I have this brilliant (maybe -- what do you folks think) idea for referals / networking among CPA's.
CPA's are required to accumulate 40 hrs of CE / yr. It's expensive and not popular with the greeneye shade types because they have to learn about things like substantive consolidation rules under FAS 86 and crap.It turns out that there are a bunch of people who do sales courses - basically - that gives the CPA's CE credit. Here's what I did: went to the state AICPA, presented them w/a 2 hr course outline for one of my favorite subjects, asked for it qualify for CE credit, and presto! DONE. Now I go to the CPA firms with a bunch of accountants and offer them a hard to pass up deal -- you get your CPA's together, I talk for 1 1/2 hrs on my approved topic, you get 2 hrs credit, I get some attention and everyones e-mails, maybe a referral, maybe an invite to their golf outing, maybe a new 7 series? Now tell me why this won't work -- and you can't use the "Accountants are A** H**** either".
I have presented this idea to CPA’s in my area. Not that it is a BAD idea, but most of them told me they (a) prefer to get their hours done in big chunks, for example a one or two-day course that will give them 5-15 hours, so that they aren’t constantly going to little “workshops” one or two hours at a time, and (b) like the CE courses to actually be interesting and something they don’t already know (or something new).So I think this would work if you do it repetatively on different topics, so that the CPA's can knock out more than 1 or 2 hours. For only a few hours of credit, it needs to be at a convenient time and location for them. This might be good for the smaller, solo-type CPA's, but I am not sure that the larger firms will have much interest, as theya re the one's that can afford to go to the big full-day or multi-day sessions. Now, this is only feedback from the CPA's that I know. I may be totally off-base. So your best bet is to just ask them what they think. That's what I did, and that's when I got the lukewarm response.