May 07, 2024

Recently, a growing concern has emerged regarding the qualifications of instructors leading mainstream CPA webinars. This trend raises questions about the integrity and quality of education provided to CPAs, particularly when non-accounting professionals are tasked with teaching crucial subjects.

Qualifications of Instructors: A Critical Concern

A specific instance is the webinar attended recently (Webinar Link) is of Daniel Fritz, the Director of Products at SmartVault. While Mr. Fritz undoubtedly possesses commendable experience in sales, marketing, and product development, but his background does not align with the specialized knowledge required to educate CPAs. 

Diminished Educational Value

The prevalence of non-CPA instructors in CPA webinars also diminishes the educational value of these sessions. Instead of providing genuine learning experiences, these webinars often turn into sales pitches for specific products or services. 

Furthermore, the dominance of non-accounting professionals in CPA webinars unfairly impacts qualified CPA instructors. These individuals, possessing firsthand knowledge and experience in accounting practices and regulations, are sidelined in favor of less qualified counterparts. As a result, they are deprived of opportunities to share their expertise and insights, which are invaluable for the professional growth and development of CPAs.

Call to Action: Establishing Clear Guidelines

It is imperative for NASBA to establish clear guidelines mandating that instructors leading CPA webinars possess specific qualifications and expertise in the subject matter. By prioritizing the qualifications and expertise of instructors, NASBA can ensure that CPAs receive high-quality education that equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their profession.

It's time to reaffirm the commitment to providing CPAs with the highest standard of education, empowering them to thrive in their profession.


CPE Reforms User

Qualified CPA instructors deserve more recognition and opportunities to share their valuable insights. NASBA should issue guidelines for instructor eligibilty on such CE platforms.

CPE Reforms User

I appreciate the concerns raised in this blog, but I wonder if there are any alternative approaches that could address the issue without limiting access to valuable insights from non-accounting professionals.

CPE Reforms User

I've experienced firsthand how frustrating it can be to sit through webinars led by individuals who lack expertise in accounting.

CPE Reforms User

While I see the importance of ensuring qualified instructors lead CPA webinars, it's also worth considering the potential benefits of diverse perspectives. Finding the right balance between expertise and innovation could lead to richer learning experiences.

CPE Reforms User

Thank you for shedding light on this issue. It's crucial that NASBA takes action to ensure that CPAs receive the high-quality education from qualified instructor who do have expertise in the field of education.

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