Ethics for Accountants: California (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 4 hours

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $40


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Course Description
This course meets the ethics CPE requirement for CPAs practicing in California. It covers current issues and special topics in ethics in the accounting profession and the current AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. The California Board of Accountancy Regulations, Article 9, Rules of Professional Conduct are included in the Appendix, with cross references to the AICPA Code.


Author: Beacon Hill Financial Educators

Course Number: ET1034

Learning Objectives

  • Define ethics in the context of being ethical versus acting ethically.
  • Identify the types of accounting services in which the fiduciary standard applies.
  • Recognize the circumstances under which conflicts of interest can arise when a variety of accounting services are offered by a CPA or firm.
  • Differentiate between rules-based, principles-based, and objectives-oriented accounting.
  • Interpret recent ethical inquires received by the AICPA.
  • Recognize the primary components that serve as the foundation of the AICPA ethical standards.
  • Recognize the AICPA Principles of the Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Recognize the AICPA Rules of the Code of Professional Conduct.

          Level: Overview

          Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

          NASBA Category: Ethics (non regulatory)

          Prerequisites: None

          Advance Preparation: None

          Program Registration Requirements: Click on "Purchase Course" near the top of this page to pay for and access the course. You will then be able to download the course as a PDF file, then take an on-line examination, and then download a certificate of completion if you pass the examination.

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          AccountingTools, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

          The NASBA sponsor identification number for Accountingtools, Inc. is 115881.


          AccountingTools is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider. We are compliant with the requirements for continuing education providers (as described in sections 10.6 and 10.9 of the Department of Treasury’s Circular No. 230 and in other IRS guidance, forms, and instructions). Our IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider number is 72821.