VTR Learning Now Offers Free CPA CPE Online Courses
Continuing professional education is generally one of the most expensive requirements for members of licensing organizations or accrediting bodies like the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which requires its licensees to complete 120 hours of CPE every three years. The process of finding, purchasing and completing this amount of continuing professional education can easily cost over one thousand dollars, so it makes sense for licensed CPAs to seek out recertification credit that costs little or is even free.
VTR Learning is an online provider of continuing professional education courses, two of which currently offer free CPA CPE courses for credit. Though there are admittedly other providers offering free CPE credits for CPAs, VTR Learning's style of continuing professional education is wholly unique, placing the learner in the shoes of an intern for a fictional company called Central Products, where they have the opportunity to learn business by engaging in virtual business enterprise. This no-risk, narrative aspect underlies the linear format of each of our courses, which are composed of various self-paced modules to ensure CPAs have the ability to take their CPE at a pace which best suits their busy lifestyle.
Every course VTR Learning offers CPAs, free and paid alike, have been pre-approved for CPE credit through NASBA's National Registry of CPE Sponsors, so there is no question whether AICPA will accept them as a viable method of self-study continuing professional education. Through VTR Learning's unique, story-driven method of continuing professional education, certified public accountants can earn free CPA Credits with confidence.
Free CPA CPE Online Courses from VTR (CPA)
Managerial Accounting: Financial Performance Analysis (CPA)
The first of the two free CPE courses for CPAs currently offered by VTR Learning is Managerial Accounting: Financial Performance Analysis, which is worth 2 free CPE credits. This free course explores various issues, including the importance of communication across responsibility centers, and simultaneously demonstrates the essentiality of giving and receiving accurate information in business, especially regarding data auditing, financial planning and accounting processes.
There are four main learning objectives for the course:
- Become familiar with cost classifications and the concept of responsibility centers and their functions
- Understand flexible budgets and their application
- Recognize the importance of communicating departmental and individual intentions
- Gain an understanding of bid pricing
This free CPE online course can be found here.
Managerial Accounting: Cost Benefit Analysis (CPA)
The second of the two free CPE CPA free online courses VTR Learning currently offers is Managerial Accounting: Cost Benefit Analysis. The course is designed to help learners become familiar with the process of data auditing and its use in financial planning, especially when conducting cost benefit analyses. The subject material should also help lead to a better understanding of regulatory ethics in business, as well as the ability of the cost-volume-profit model to aid in determining effects on a company's operating income. CPAs can complete this course for 3.5 free CPE credits.
This course has four main learning objectives:
- Comprehend the primary differences between financial and managerial accounting
- Understand the cost-volume-profit model and its applications
- Recognize the limitations of cost benefit analyses
- Become familiar with the allocation process and standard systems of accounting
This free CPE CPA online course can be found here.
Overall, CPAs who complete both courses can earn up to 5.5 free CPA credits.
Low-Cost CPE Online Courses
While the majority of VTR Learning's online CPE courses are not free, they do represent a low-cost option for completing a large portion of the required hours each recertification cycle. Many online CPE providers fall into one of several categories:
- All-Access Subscription
Low-credit/Low-cost providers are a helpful option for CPAs who lack several hours and need to finish out their recertification cycle. With this option, a licensee can generally pay between $20 and $120 for the credits they need without a massive, negative impact on their expenses. However, for CPAs at the beginning of the recertification timeline who need upwards of 120 credits, this option isn't always helpful, since paying $20 per credit would still be extremely expensive to attain the required amount.
High-credit/High-cost options are also inadvisable for those who hope to complete the continuing education requirement for as little cost as possible. While many of the high-cost options provide specialized knowledge, and many credits can be obtained through these methods, they aren't always accessible because of the price.
All-access subscriptions are generally a more beneficial option for licensees who want to attain as many credits as possible for the lowest price. For example, some providers offer plans where CPAs pay $150 for a yearly subscription to an entire catalog of courses. However, most of the courses offer low credit amounts, so a licensee would have to take many in order to complete their recertification requirement. The main benefit is that CPAs could take as many as necessary without having to pay extra, but this method is also inadvisable for those who need only a few credits, because they would likely overspend.
Ultimately, when it comes to finding low-cost options for completing the CPA CPE recertification process, the specific needs of the individual will be the main determinant for the best path forward. With VTR Learning, courses are purchased on an "as-you-go" basis, and since credit amounts range from 2 to 28.5 CPE hours, CPAs have a wide array of options to choose from, starting at $79 per course and going up to $229.
So to recap, VTR Learning offers a wide range of courses and credit amounts for a low price in order to meet the specific needs of individual CPAs, and never requires licensees to pay for a subscription that could force them to overspend if they only need a few credits to complete the recertification. And even if CPAs decide not to try any paid courses, they have the option of earning up to 5.5 free CPE credits.
Braden is a proud husband and a father to a very rambunctious little boy. A few of his many interests include reading, writing music, and playing games. He is the Product Quality Manager for VTR and has been with the company since early 2017. In conjunction with his love for storytelling, he has a passion for story-based learning, believing that narrative is one of the most elementary ways humans can learn. A true nerd at heart, when not working on his premier novel, he can usually be found playing an RPG, reading comics, or watching Star Wars.