Category Archive: ACPEN Signature

Behind The Scenes ACPEN Signature: Accounting and Auditing Update

ACPEN Signature: 2018 Accounting and Auditing Update took place this week, and it was another successful Signature course. Take a look at some of the behind the scenes pictures of the good times we had. And–if you missed it, be sure to check out the on-screen action at the next live webcast replay.

Chick-fil-a Chicken Minis: Breakfast of Champions


Tina making our speakers look their best!

Before the show starts there’s a lot of work to do, but apparently it isn’t in the control room. Where’d everybody go?

Margie Reinhart prepping for her session.

If the audio for this course sounds better than normal its because Charlie La Costa is an audio ninja.

Again, if you missed the live course, you can catch a live webcast replay! There are lots of replay dates before year end, so if you’re trying to get all of your CPE by year end, you’re in luck. And don’t forget that we offer discounted group pricing for all of our ACPEN courses (including the 2018 ACPEN Signature: Accounting & Auditing Update)! If your firm would like information on Group Registration, just email for pricing and info!

Behind The Scenes ACPEN Signature: Business Fraud

Our September Signature Course, Business Fraud Update: Use of Technology in Fraud Investigations, was an action-packed webcast filled with stories of lies, deceptions, and FRAUD! It also featured our largest panel for a Signature Course this year, with NINE accounting and technology experts. This gives you, the viewer, many different perspectives on a fraud investigation, but it also presented many production challenges for our production crew. So, we invite you to take a look at the “Behind The Scenes” fun. And–if you missed it, be sure to check out the on-screen action at the next live webcast replay.


Our welcome sign, jammed full of our presenters names. (We’re gonna need a bigger boat. Or board.)

The control room, where the magic happens.


Shooting over panelist shoulders gives you a nice view of the back of panelists heads.

Seating and mic chart keeps everyone straight on who goes where.

Our director, Larry, taking notes to keep things organized.

It was a hectic day for sure, but it was totally worth it! This is one of the most dynamic and engaging CPE opportunities out there. You won’t be disappointed!


Be sure to check out this course and other upcoming courses at the ACPEN Catalog

ACPEN Signature: Behind the Scenes

A lot of work goes into producing one of our ACPEN Signature Courses, and the first course of the year brings with it some extra challenges. But with those challenges there’s a lot of fun to be had as well.

Day Before Signature Course

Before the speakers show up there is a lot of work to be done to ready our studio for the course. The materials are organized for the speakers and the studio is made ready for the production.

The day before a production we host a pre-production meeting with speakers for any last minute updates.

Signature Day!

First things first, breakfast!

Welcome Presenters!

Any Notre Dame Fans?

Our control room prepping for pre-production

Presenters are in their seats and we’re ready to go!

And they’re off!

Let’s meet some of the awesome people who make Signature Courses possible


Jeff the Director and Matt the Graphics Operator!

Jorge the Cameraman


Tina does the make up for our presenters while Jess is the Question Queen


And it’s LUNCH TIME!

Side note: we enjoyed Tacos 4 Life! For every meal you buy they feed a hungry child. We helped feed 30 kiddos in need with our delicious spread.

Back to the grindstone

After a long day, we release our speakers back into the wild.

A lot of work goes into making Signature days a success, but it always pays off. Here are just a few of the comments from our viewers:

“Enjoyed the webinar.”

“Content was very good. Panel discussions were very helpful and they had a tendency to break up the monotony of a verbal presentation. Clint’s examples were very helpful. Nice job overall. Thanks.”

“Very informative”

“Excellent presentation. Did know what to expect, very satisfied. Learned a lot today!”

If you attended today’s course, thank you and drop us a comment! If you missed it, don’t worry, you can catch a live replay. You won’t be disappointed!

2017 ACPEN Signature Curriculum

ACPEN Signature logoIt’s back!

ACPEN’s top of the line CPE programming, the ACPEN Signature series, is back for 2017! These panel discussion based courses offer eight CPE hours each, and are lead by some of the finest presenters and practitioners in the business!

You can learn more specific courses by checking out the links below!

LLCs & Partnerships Update
5/24, 6/7, 9, 13, 12/15, 12/21, 1/4/18

Not-for-Profit Accounting, Auditing & Tax Update
6/14, 7/12, 9/27, 12/19, 1/5/18

Governmental Accounting & Auditing Update
7/19, 8/9, 9/6, 12/20, 1/9/18

Financial Statement Preparation, Compilation, and Review Update
8/30, 9/21, 10/25, 12/22, 1/10/18, 1/17/18

Business Fraud Update
9/20, 10/11, 10/19, 11/9, 12/18, 1/11/18

Accounting & Auditing Update
10/18, 11/22, 12/27, 1/16/18, 1/23/18

CPA’s Guide: Purchase and Sale of a Business
11/15, 12/6, 12/28, 1/18, 1/24

Annual Tax Update
12/13, 12/26, 12/29, 1/12/18, 1/19/18, 1/15/18


Check out the ACPEN CPE catalog for more info on these and other topics.

Who Says Accountants Don’t Have Any Fun?

In case you missed it, yesterday we produced the ACPEN Signature: 2015 Compilation and Review. If you’re familiar with our Signature line of programming, you’ll know that they are 8-hours of pure CPE gold. These courses are highly-produced in our Dallas studio. They employ an engaging and interactive, panel-discussion format featuring nationally acclaimed CPAs and Professionals. If you aren’t familiar with our Signature courses–why the heck not?? Do yourself a favor and check it out.

As you may also know, we produce our courses at our sister company–BPN Media. BPN Media is a magical place with the most experienced and professional production staff. And toys. Lots and lots of toys. Angry Birds, neon-colored Mystic ponies, Nerf Guns, GI Joes and so much more.

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Apparently our toys were too tempting for today’s panelists. We sat, unsuspectingly in the Green Room. Close up–Laura Billingsly. Close up–Jim Smith. Close up–Kurt Oestriecher. Wide shot:

Well, this is awkward.

Who said Accountants don’t have any fun?

And that, my friends, is why we can’t have nice things…like disembodied hands.

That said, their message was clear:

ACPEN-The best online CPE on the market. Hands down.

(Apply discount code HandsDown2015 at checkout to receive a 15% discount off an ACPEN course. Good for purchase by August 31st!)




2015 Guide to Successfully Handling Tax Controversies is off to the races!

The 2015 Guide to Successfully Handling Tax Controversies, the first ACPEN Signature course of the year is happening now!


Seen here, moments before going live, our panelists will help you be prepared for audit issues, deal with the IRS appeals office, stay IRS collection matters, and much more!

The twitter-ly inclined can follow us, and use #acpentaxcontroversies.

If you’re not on today, you can catch one of the replays. But I’d hurry up and purchase now if I were you. Today’s the last day for the kickoff discount.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year-CPE Season!

We are work, work, working away getting ready for tomorrow’s course: A Guide to Successfully Handling Tax Controversies.  Here is a little sneak peek at what we have in store for our participants in this 8-hour presentation.

From the description:

For many reasons, the IRS has become more aggressive in all areas. The slowly recovering economy, the pressure to enhance government funding, and their role in enforcing the Affordable Care Act has added extra urgency to the need to collect taxes and apply penalties as never before. This means that practitioners are going to have to be prepared, more than ever before, to defend their work and their clients. This ACPEN broadcast brings together a panel of experts who can take you through the process and help you respond to the IRS effectively, on behalf of your clients. Learn the ins and outs of practice before the Audit and Collections Divisions of the IRS. The panel will include IRS representatives sharing their perspectives. The panel will explore ways to effectively represent clients before the IRS.”

This CPE won’t produce itself, however, so we have all hands on deck–we’ve even put our tiny intern to work.

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As you can see, Jillian is sharing some crucial information. We are having a FIRE SALE! If you’d like to join us for tomorrow’s course, but just haven’t had the chance to register–have we got a deal for you!

Apply code:  2015CPEKICKOFF at check out to receive a 30% discount off of tomorrow’s Signature course.  8-hours of the highest quality online CPE by 6 highly qualified and experienced presenters–all for 30% off. I know all of you accountants like numbers–do the math. You’re officially out of excuses!

And, you’re welcome.

The 2015 ACPEN Signature Series!

ACPEN Signature LogoHear ye, hear ye!

ACPEN’s top of the line CPE programming, the ACPEN Signature series is back again! These panel discussion based courses offer eight CPE hours each, and lead by some of the finest presenters and practitioners in the business!

Celebrate the return of CPE season in style, with the courses below!

 A Guide to Successfully Handling Tax Controversies
5/20/15, 6/4/15, 11/12/15, 12/14/15, 1/11/16

Partnerships, S Corporations & LLCs Update
6/24/15, 7/9/15, 11/20/15, 12/15/15, 1/12/16

Governmental Accounting & Auditing Update
7/29/15, 8/13/15, 10/27/15, 12/16/15, 1/13/16

Compilation and Review Update
8/19/15, 9/3/15, 10/28/15, 12/17/15, 1/14/16

Understanding & Preventing Business Fraud
9/23/15, 10/8/15, 10/29/15, 11/18/15, 12/18/15, 1/15/16

Not-for-Profit Accounting, Auditing & Tax Update
10/21/15, 11/5/15, 12/21/15, 1/19/16

Accounting & Auditing Update
11/4/15, 11/19/15, 12/22/15, 1/20/16

Annual Tax Update
12/9/15, 12/23/15, 12/30/15, 1/8/16, 1/21/16

The Best of ACPEN Replays

ACPEN_signature-JEP-5-20130014-640As devotees, are no doubt aware, the top of the line in accounting CPE are undoubtedly the courses that make up the ACPEN Signature series.

What’s that? You’re unfamiliar with the greatness that makes up these spectacular eight CPE credit hour courses?!

…. Well this is awkward….

But fear not!

ACPEN_signature-JEP-5-20130006-640The Best of ACPEN replays start today! Which means that now through January 22nd, you can enjoy these high quality CPE courses, get some useful accounting info in before tax season gets info full swing, get ahead for the year on your CPE requirements, and lose ten pounds!

ACPEN_signature-JEP-5-20130008-640… ok, probably not the ‘lose ten pounds’ thing. …Or, well maybe… I mean, you could be on a diet … “I don’t know” is what I’m saying.

Look, I’m sorry I even brought it up. … Just check out some awesome CPE courses via the links below.

2014 Business Fraud Update

2014 Not-For-Profit Accounting, Auditing and Tax Update

2014 Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update

2014 Compilation & Review Update

2014 Accounting and Auditing Update

2014 A CPAs Guide to Choice of Entity

2014 Understanding the Purchase and Sale of Business

2014 Annual Tax Update
1/8/15, 1/22/15