Accounting for Now

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Accounting for Now

A new digital first programme for accountants


CPA Ireland Skillnet is delighted to launch Accounting for Now, a new digital first programme covering topics of particular relevance to accountants in both industry and practice.

This course was created specifically for accountants in an online environment and is comprised of highly effective strategies for engaging our learners.

The subjects selected for our inaugural digital first course provide updates on core topics for accountants as well as professional and business skills. We have engaged with subject matter experts to develop an exceptional learning experience for our members.

Key Course Details:

Method: Online, self-paced learning on our award-winning learning management system, Canvas

Access Duration: 6 months access

CPD Credit: 10 hours (5 modules - 2 hours per module)

Cost: €250 (or €60 for individual modules

Buy Accounting for Now or scroll down to "Topics & Authors" to read more about and purchase individual modules

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Topics and Authors

Click on the topics below to learn more about the modules and authors, and to purchase individual modules.

  • Family Company Reorignisations and Tax Reliefs - Mairéad Hennessy, TaxKey

    Purchase the Tax: Family Company Reorganisations & Tax Reliefs Module

    This module looks at the tax implications of Family Company Reorginisatons.Learners will gain a knowledge of what is meant by corporate reconstructions from a tax perspective, and the typical reasons in practice for companies engaging in a reconstruction.

    The module provides an overview of the tax legislation and current Revenue practice in relation to reconstructions and how it applies in practice. Learners will also gain a high level understanding of the commercial considerations that arise in practice when deciding whether a reconstruction is appropriate for a company. 


    About the Author:

    Mairéad Hennessy founded Taxkey in response to a market need for specialist tax advisory services by accounting and other professional advisors at competitive rates. Mairéad has a wealth of experience in advising on Irish tax matters, with specialties including business start up and growth, corporate structuring, property transactions, VAT, succession planning both for individuals and businesses, inheritance tax, retirement planning and wealth management. Máiréad delivers tax solutions for companies, not for profit organisations, sole traders and private individuals.

  • Business Turnaround - Tom Murray, Friel Stafford

    Purchase the Business Turnaround Module

    This module examines the legal aspects of a business turnaround and the matters every accountant should consider before engagement.

    Learners will gain an understanding of the elements of a successful business turnaround, including the financial, marketing, and operational actions to increase profitability and support business restructuring and the key methods to improve working capital management, restructure outstanding debt and finance a turnaround. Learners will get insights on how to get to the root of the problem in order to identify remedial action for a company in financial difficulty.

    About the Author:

    Tom Murray is one of Ireland’s most experienced corporate recovery and turnaround practitioners with over 20 years’ experience in accounting & business roles, particularly in the area of equity and debt fund raising and the buying and selling of businesses.

    He also is an experienced Corporate Financier with particular interest and expertise in the area of equity and debt fund raising, and the buying and selling of businesses.

    He has extensive experience of all areas of Litigation Support and Expert witness. He has worked with private clients, SMEs, national companies, multi-nationals, county councils and various Government and Regulatory agencies in defending and bringing proceedings.

  • Financial Reporting - Alan Bailie, CPA Ireland

    Purchase the Financial Reporting Module

    This module examines the classification of Investment Property under FRS 102, providing an overview of how to account for investment property, including deferred tax implications and disclosure requirements for investment property, as well as how to account for transfers to and from investment property.

    The module will also look at Provisions and Contingencies, covering the disclosure requirements, circumstances in which a provision should be recognised in financial statements, initial and subsequent measurement of provisions, and requirements of FRS 102 in relation to contingent liabilities and contingent assets.

    About the Author:

    Alan Bailie (FCCA, LLB) has a Bachelor of Law degree, and subsequently qualified as a professional accountant in 2008 with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He is currently knowledge manager with CPA Ireland and has presented on Financial Reporting in accordance with UK and Irish GAAP to accountants in both practice and industry.

    Previously, Alan worked within the Professional Standards Department of CPA Ireland carrying out quality assurance monitoring visits of members in public practice to ensure maintenance of professional standards and compliance with the regulatory framework, including UK and Irish GAAP.

  • Strategy Beyond Numbers - Conor Carmody, Strategic Solutions

    Purchase the Strategy Module

    This module will introduce you to the core concepts of Strategy and how to evaluate the strategic elements required for your business by using a strategic framework adapted to your business needs.

    Learners will gain an understanding of how do develop a strategic framework and how to use the Balanced Scorecard model to link strategic themes and objectives and to develop and monitor strategic goals. The module will also examine the importance of strategic alignment when implementing your overall strategy.

    About the Author:

    Conor Carmody is a business leader and marketer with over 20 years’ experience in the start-up and development of companies in the retail and telecoms area. Conor was responsible for the development of the commercial strategy for the launch of Meteor Mobile Communications in 2001.

    Following the successful sale of that business, he developed and launched the eMobile brand for Eircom in 2010. Since 2013 Conor has been working with companies such as Oracle, Musgraves, Dublin BIC and Enterprise Ireland. He holds an MBA from the UCD Smurfit School of Business and was made a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland in 2009 in recognition of his contribution to the marketing industry. 

  • Getting the Right Things Done When Working from Home - Sean McLoughney, LearningCurve

    Purchase the Time Management Module

    This module helps you to identify the Time Management challenges that working from home presents compared to the challenges you face in the office environment, and introduces you to tools and techniques to move away from outdated “to do lists” and start planning and scheduling your day, week and month which ensures better results and stay ahead of deadlines, whether at home or in the office. By conducting regular time audits, you will gain insights into how they really spend your time, so that you can implement the necessary changes to improve your daily, weekly and monthly routines. The module also highlights the importance of setting aside some “me time” to ensure you maintain your drive and motivation as you transition to a new working environment.

    About the Author:

    Sean McLoughney, founder of LearningCurve, is a sought-after performance and talent support specialist, author and speaker. He provides Talent Support for organisations that drives Better Performance and Talent Retention by utilising the latest in learning thinking and technology. Since 2001 has helped over 20,000 professionals internationally at every level to improve their performance. In addition to his work with LearningCurve Sean is also senior lecturer for IPASS as well as a senior lecturer (F1-Accountant in Business -ACCA & E1 - CIMA) in Accountancy School. Sean is a regular speaker at CPD events for CPA Ireland. 

Purchase all 5 modules on the Accounting for Now course - that's 10 CPD hours for only €250!

Engaging Learners How?

A Compelling Visual Experience

Learning material is presented in an eye-catching and meaningful manner allowing learners to navigate easily though the course.

Meaningful Interactions

The interactive course design allows learners to engage more closely with the subject matter resulting in a high quality learning experience.

Self-Directed Learning

Our bespoke self-paced and self-directed learning experience motivates learners to "pull" the information they need, allowing them to retain more.

Practical Examples

The content is leveraged by practical examples to help learners connect the knowledge to real-life situations.

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