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2015 ACPEN Signature Series

ACPEN Signature courses are the flagship CPE events of ACPEN, and the top of the line in CPE programing. 

Signature courses, begin in May each year, continue monthly throughout the year, and are replayed for live credit several times, including in December and January. 

Each showcases important and timely CPE topics, using enhanced production techniques, and are delivered by panels of national experts, practitioners, and representatives of regulatory and standard setting bodies.

To see what courses are included in this year, please click on the ACPEN Signature category below. 

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Ethics: Protecting the Integrity of Florida CPAs-4980


  • Length: 4 Hours
  • Revamped for 2014, this course centers around the most common errors and regulations that impact the practice of public accounting in Florida as well as real-life ethical issues faced by individuals and organizations.  It addresses newly revised and proposed interpretations, rulings, and legislation that affects CPAs in both public accounting firms and employment in industry, government and education.  The course complies with the ethics requirements for Florida CPAs as set forth by the Florida Board of Accountancy

Basic Course Information

  • CPE Credits: 4
  • Program Level (Basic, Update, Intermediate, Advanced, Overview): Update
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advanced Preparation: None
  • Designed For: This course is designed to help Florida licensees meet the requirements for continuing professional education in Ethics
  • Producer: Florida Institute of CPAs
  • Field of Study 1: Regulatory Ethics (4 hours)

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objectives: *Describe how the code of conduct, professional responsibilities, and core values of the profession impact the practice of accounting. *Cite examples of how Chapters 455, 473 Florida Statutes and 61H1 Florida Administrative Code (FAC) relate to ethical practice. *Describe the main points of Florida's independence rules and AICPA Interpretation 101-3. *Differentiate between attest and non-attest services for clients per AICPA Interpretation 101-3 on independence.

Major Subjects


  • Course Developer: Florida Institute of CPAs
  • Faculty and Production Information
    • Cecil "Pat" Patterson, Jr., CPA,
    • Cecil "Pat" Patterson, Jr., CPA is an award winning author, speaker, and discussion leader for continuing education courses and numerous state societies. His degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration. In addition to being in charge of his own CPA firm for over thirty years, Mr. Patterson has experience at the national CPA firm level, at the corporate level as a chief financial officer, and as an adjunct professor at the university level.

      His firm is involved in the full spectrum of CPA activities including auditing, accounting services, federal and state corporate and individual income tax preparation, and consulting services to clients, businesses, and other professionals. The AICPA recognized the firm for its work in the “virtual office” field.


      Memberships include:


      • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
      • Member, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)

      FICPA Service:

      • Member, Executive Committee
      • Member, Board of Governors
      • Member, MEGA CPE Conference Committee
      • Member, Accounting Show Committee
      • Trustee, Educational Foundation, Inc.
      • Member and Former Chair, Continuing Professional Education Committee

      Honors and Awards include:

      • Outstanding Discussion Leader, FICPA
      • Outstanding Author, FICPA
      • Distinguished Discussion Leader, New York Society of CPAs
      • Outstanding Committee Award, FICPA
    • J E. Grossman, CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA, Proprietor , J. Edward Grossman, CPA, Lakeland, FL
    • Paul N. Brown, CPA, CGMA, Director of Technical Services, Florida Institute of CPAs
    • Paul Brown joined the FICPA in November 1992 and is the Director of Technical Services for the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA). One of Paul’s main duties is to serve as the technical reviewer in Florida for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Peer Review Program. The program administers approximately 450 reviews annually in Florida and oversees approximately 125 peer reviewers.

      Paul also assists members in the areas of professional ethics and professional standards. As part of his role in the peer review program Paul has previously been an instructor and author of continuing education programs for the AICPA and FICPA, for which he had received several outstanding discussion leader and author awards. Paul has also served
      on the AICPA’s Technical Reviewers Advisory Task Force to the Peer Review Board and serves as staff liaison to two committees and one section of the FICPA.

      Prior to joining the FICPA, Paul was an audit manager with the regional firm of Williams, Cox, Weidner & Cox (now Carr, Riggs & Ingram) in Tallahassee, Florida. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Florida State University and has been licensed as a CPA since 1988.

Course Materials

  • Course Materials
    • Important CPE Credit Information_2014 (0)
    • ETH 2014-05-07 (0)

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