Business skills as you need them – wherever, whenever and on whatever device you want.

What makes you successful? Call them whatever you want, but “critical success skills,” “vital skills,” “soft skills,” “nontechnical skills” — ultimately they are what help you succeed throughout your career by going beyond mere technical knowledge. Take CPA Center of Excellence's interactive on-demand courses in critical thinking, leadership, decision-making and more to give yourself an edge -- and fit your tight schedule. Available online in short modules, you can take the courses for 15 minutes at a time or spend the day with them. Use the social learning component to connect with other excellence-minded professionals, and learn from their experiences as well as the course content. At just $129 for an estimated eight hours of content, these competency-based courses are a new way of learning, with engaging content that pulls from the real world.

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Digital Badge for Collaboration & Networking Course

Collaboration and Networking

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of what networking is about and why it is important, as well as to give you techniques or frameworks that can be used to improve your understanding of the networking process.

At the end of this course you should have developed an understanding of the characteristics of a “master networker,” why networking is important, your beliefs about networking, as well as the implications for dealing with clients, models for developing a networking strategy, suggestions for developing your skills, social barriers to networking, and ways to analyze your network to see whether it is a useful as you think it is. You should have participated in exercises that will prompt reflection upon your current abilities and signpost opportunities for your continuous professional development. Most importantly, you should have gained access to practical tools that will improve results and impact your workplace.

Cost: $129
Qualifies for CPE waiver for Indiana residents

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Communication Skills

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of what communication skills are, how they relate to “doing business” today, how communication happens, to raise awareness of the pitfalls of poor communication and guide you toward better communication practice.

At the end of this course you should be able to explain what communication skills are, be equipped with relevant models/frameworks to improve your communication skills, have awareness of the importance of good communication skills in the modern workplace, understand the importance of empathy in crafting good messages and realize the importance of non-verbal communication.

Cost: $129
Qualifies for CPE waiver for Indiana residents

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Critical Thinking Skills

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of what critical thinking looks like, why it is important and the techniques that can be used to improve your critical thinking ability. In this course you will:

Gain access to practical tools that will improve results and impact your workplace, participate in exercises that will prompt reflection upon your current abilities and opportunities to further your professional development and demonstrate the use of critical thinking tools such as the Simplex model and the Six Hats approach.

Cost: $129
Qualifies for CPE waiver for Indiana residents

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Decision Making

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of what decision-making skills are, how they relate to "doing business" today, how decision making happens, to raise awareness of the pitfalls of bias in decision-making and to guide you toward better decision-making practice.

At the end of this course you should be able to explain what decision-making skills are, be equipped with relevant models/frameworks to improve your decision-making skills, have awareness of the importance of good decision-making skills in the modern workplace, discern the importance of understanding the domain in which the decision exists, and know the importance of understanding your decision-making style.

Cost: $129
Qualifies for CPE waiver for Indiana residents

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Digital Badge in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of what entrepreneurship is about, why it is important and techniques/frameworks that can be used to improve your understanding of the entrepreneurship process.

By the end of this course you will have developed an understanding of the characteristics of an entrepreneur, why entrepreneurship is important, your beliefs about entrepreneurship, as well as the implications for dealing with clients, models for developing ideas and the process of evolving an idea into a business proposition. You will have participated in exercises that will prompt reflection upon your current abilities and signpost opportunities for your continuous professional development. Most importantly, you will have gained access to practical tools that will improve results and impact in your workplace.

Cost: $129
Qualifies for CPE waiver for Indiana residents

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Leadership

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of what leadership is and what it is not. In this course you will:

Understand the difference between leadership and management, compare the views of leaders and followers, discuss leadership characteristics, describe how leaders can better inspire action, discuss the benefits of situational leadership, explain how feedback and self-reflection can improve leader performance, and communicate the impact the environment has on leadership.

Cost: $129
Qualifies for CPE waiver for Indiana residents

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“The main advantage to these courses are the flexibility. I was able to logon and complete levels any time I wanted and work it into my already busy schedule with ease. Another advantage is the interaction — when I respond to a question not only do I see my response, but also the responses of others who have taken the course. This helped me to broaden my thinking by seeing different views of the same problem." - Student Participant

WHAT IS COMPETENCY-BASED LEARNING?
Educational formats that allow students flexibility to learn where and when they want to and to demonstrate mastery of content vs. simply counting hours. Using proven principles of adult learning theory, this allows adult students to engage with the course when they are ready, at their own pace all while reflecting on their own experience in answering discussion questions and interacting with other learners.

WHAT ARE ONLINE INTERACTIVE COURSES?
Online Interactive Courses are competency-based learning in a bite-sized, game-like and mobile friendly environment. You have 90 days from the time of registration to complete each course. Content is served in multiple formats, creating the most engaging experience -- from video, to storytelling, to case studies, to podcasts and interactive learning, these courses are NOT webinars. 

CPE WAIVER PILOT PROGRAM AND DIGITAL BADGES
An innovative pilot program with the Indiana Board of Accountancy is enabling CPAs in Indiana to have 8 hours of CPE waived if they participate in the CPA Center of Excellence®’s online interactive courses. Up to 16 hours (two courses) may be counted toward the waiver for those learners who complete the courses and earn digital badges that validates their competency in the subject matter. Indiana is the first state in the country to have competency-based CPE approved for CPA licensing through the end of 2017.