After selling out two flagship courses in 2007, the AICPA will offer four dates next year for its National Business Valuation School: May 5-9 (New York City), June 23-27 (Phoenix), July 14-18 (Atlanta), and August 18-22 (Dallas). The course covers all aspects of BV for CPAs who wish to sit for the ABV exam—though many applicants may take advantage of the test-refresher courses offered before each exam date. Other AICPA training opportunities include web seminars on the Pension Protection Act, EDGAR On-line, SSVS Compliance, and E-discovery, with more titles planned for 2008. Visit the BVFLS website.
In its continuing efforts to “build community among ABVs,” according to Kevin Yeanoplos, who spoke at the annual ABV Town Hall Meeting at the AICPA national BV conference in New Orleans last month, the Institute will also extend its mentoring program for the coming year. The program links new or mid-level staff with senior appraisers from different regions of the country—which reduces the likelihood that mentor and mentee will “face each other in court” or create competitive problems. To read more about the program and/or apply, click here. There are now approximately 2600-2700 ABVs, including 800 who received their certifications as part of the “sponsoring” program (see BVWire #51-2). An additional 165 candidates sat for the latest ABV exam, of which, historically, 75% will receive certification.
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