Western CPE

K2 Delivers Technology Focused Learning Through Resort Conference Offerings With Western CPE

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Western CPE

K2 Enterprises partners with Western CPE to support our efforts to provide the highest-quality CPE available to accounting and financial professionals in the United States and Canada. As a leader in technology-focused seminars and conferences, K2 Enterprises continuously strives to provide the highest quality, technology focused learning options to our customers. Likewise, Western CPE is a leader in continuing professional education for accounting and financial professionals, particularly in the areas of tax, accounting, auditing, and management. Through this strategic alliance, both parties expect to serve accounting and financial professionals better than ever before.

Western CPE Conferences

For 2021, K2 Enterprises is once again partnering with Western CPE to deliver content at Western CPE Conferences.  Depending upon the resort conference you choose to attend, you will be able to select from up to three K2 sessions created and presented by the K2 team. Complete descriptions for each of these sessions follow and you can see the list of dates and locations below also.

Benefits of Participating in Western CPE Conferences

  • See and hear the highest-quality instructors
  • Ask questions and receive real-time answers
  • Select from courses scheduled on multiple days and times
  • Interact with other participants
  • Learn about a variety of topics—with no test required
  • Receive your certificate of completion by email within 1 business day

K2-Produced Sessions at 2021 Western CPE Conferences

It is safe to say that you use Excel to some degree, but do you and your team use it as efficiently and effectively as you could? Are you taking advantage of newer features such as Data Models, Dynamic Arrays, and the ability to collaborate in real-time with other Excel users?  Do you use IDEAS, the IFS function, or the XLOOKUP function? Is Power Query part of your daily routine? Can you use Flash Fill to manipulate data?

In this session, you will learn about each of the above features, plus many others, to boost your productivity and accuracy when working with Excel. This session is a “must-see CPE” session for every accounting and financial professional who desires to use Excel better.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Upon completing this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the importance of Power Query in everyday situations
  • Utilize Flash Fill to manipulate data without resorting to formulas
  • List examples of when you should use Excel’s multi-condition functions
  • Define “array” and identify situations when Dynamic Arrays can improve productivity
  • Specify at least two ways you can use Data Models and their impact on reporting processes

MAJOR TOPICS

  • New features available in Excel that accounting and financial professionals should use
  • How to work with larger volumes of data in Excel
  • Improving efficiency through Excel’s collaboration tools
  • How to link various sources of external data into Excel for reporting and analysis
  • Create user-defined functions in Excel

COURSE INFORMATION

CPE Credit: Recommended for 6 hours Computer Software and Applications

Instructional delivery method:  Group-live demonstration and discussion. This course is “laptop-friendly” and participants will have access to demonstration files.  This course focuses on features found in Excel 2016 and newer for Windows.

Prerequisites: None

Program level: Intermediate

Advance preparation: None

Who should attend: CPAs and other accounting, auditing, and business professionals who desire to use Excel more effectively 

Fraud continues to plague businesses at epidemic levels, and internal control weaknesses and failures contribute to fraud’s large presence in organizations today. In this session, you will learn about the pervasiveness of fraud, the control failures that contribute to fraud, and what you can do to mitigate fraud risk. Using a case study approach, you will learn using real-world examples of recent scams and identify the control weaknesses and failures that contributed to each crime.

The design and application of information technology general controls (ITGCs) and information technology application controls (ITACs) is a specific focus of this session. With strong IT controls in place, your business can reduce the risk of fraud substantially. Further, you can use IT-based controls to help overcome other control issues that your organization might face.

Participate in this session to learn how you can reduce the risk of fraud in your organization – the survival of the business might depend on it!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this course, you should be able to: 

  • Recognize control failures and weaknesses that can lead to fraud
  • Define information technology general controls and information technology application controls and distinguish between the two
  • Identify examples of critical internal controls, including information technology controls
  • List recommendations for improving internal controls in an organization 

MAJOR TOPICS

  • Detailed examination of many of the widely reported frauds of the past decade
  • Examples of control failures and weaknesses that lead to fraud
  • Identify critical information technology general controls and application controls that should be in place to deter and prevent fraud

COURSE INFORMATION

CPE Credit: Recommended for 6 hours Auditing

Instructional delivery method:  Group-live demo and discussion.

Prerequisites: Fundamental understanding of internal controls

Program level: Intermediate

Advance preparation: None

Who should attend: CPAs and other accounting, auditing, and business professionals who are seeking to reduce fraud risk

Technology continues to evolve and amaze! In fact, but for technology, where would our businesses be today? It’s truly amazing to see how companies quickly embraced many forms of technology in response to the pandemic. That pace of change is likely to accelerate as newer technologies become mainstream. Tools such as robotic process automation, data analytics, collaboration tools, and artificial intelligence will affect virtually every organization over the coming five years, working alongside today’s mainstream technologies. Participate in this session so you are prepared to embrace and prosper in an ever-evolving technological world.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this course, you should be able to: 

  • Identify significant technology issues that affect accounting and financial professionals
  • List at least three security practices that should be in place in every organization
  • Evaluate software subscription models to determine if they are ideal for your team
  • Differentiate between various communication and collaboration platforms, such as Teams and Zoom
  • Estimate the impact of emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, and data analytics on businesses
  • Recognize technologies that will be key in a post-pandemic environment

MAJOR TOPICS

  • Developments in hardware and software
  • Significant developments in emerging technologies and why many of these technologies are essential now
  • Critical cybersecurity issues and potential solutions
  • Determining if subscription-based software models are right for your team
  • The impact of 5G technologies on virtually all aspects of communications

Course Information

CPE Credit: Recommended for 6 hours Information Technology

Instructional delivery method:  Group-live demo and discussion.

Prerequisites: None

Program level: Intermediate

Advance preparation: None

Who should attend: CPAs and other accounting, auditing, and business professionals who desire to use technology more effectively

2021 Western CPE Conference Locations

During 2021, K2 team members will present 29 sessions at Western CPE Conferences in 14 venues. You can view the complete list of conferences, dates, and locations below. We look forward to serving you at one of these events!

  • May 10 through May 14, Charleston, SC
  • June 7 through June 11, Orlando, FL
  • June 14 through June 18, Sante Fe, NM
  • June 21 through June 25, Jackson Hole WY
  • July 5 through July 9, San Diego, CA
  • July 12 through July 16, Bar Harbor, ME
  • July 12 through July 16, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • August 2 through August 6, Whitefish, MT
  • September 20 through September 24, San Antonio, TX
  • October 18 through October 22, Saint Simons, GA
  • October 25 through October 29, Las Vegas, NV
  • November 1 through November 5, Scottsdale, AZ
  • November 8 through November 12, Kauai, HI
  • December 6 through December 10, Las Vegas, NV

Western CPE Webcasts

Western CPE offers some of the highest-quality webcasts available. Included in the Western CPE curriculum are a number of accounting, auditing, and tax subjects, along with technology-focused topics presented by K2 Enterprises. We encourage you to look below to learn more about webcast learning options available from Western CPE!