In continuing education hot topics ebb and flow with what’s going on in the world. Of course in the accounting industry the popular topics have always tracked very closely with new tax laws, revised accounting and auditing regulations, and mandatory areas like ethics.

In a down economy, we might expect to see a shift in what practitioners are spending time learning. I thought I’d share the topics that have been claiming the highest interest with CPE Link webcast audiences. In the past six months, these were the winners:

1. Accounting and auditing updates
2. Federal tax updates
3. Small Audits Made Easy and Profitable
4. The Coming IFRS Conversion
5. Fair Value Measurement
6. QuickBooks Set up/Troubleshooting
7. Excel Speed Tips/Excel Macros/Automating Excel-Based Financial Statements/Creating Error Free Spreadsheets
8. Internet Research Techniques for Accountants
9. Building a Remote Consulting Practice/Working with Your Clients Online
10. Social Media for Accountants

Not a surprising list. We always expect to see the tax and Accounting and Auditing updates at the top. The interest in IFRS comes and goes based on the latest announcement regarding the timetable for implementation. Because QuickBooks and Excel are used by many practitioners and their clients on a daily basis, these topics always win a top spot on the list.

The newcomers to the list are the technology-related topics like Internet Research Techniques, Building a Remote Consulting Practice, and Using Social Media for Accountants. If you haven’t already checked out these practice-enhancing areas, perhaps it’s time to get in the game!

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