Online CPD - learning at your fingertips

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With tax season over, many practitioners will turn their attention to professional development. Nigel Harris puts the case for online courses and presents an overview of current providers.

CPD may be a chore, but for those living outside the major cities it can consume a disproportionate amount of chargeable time. Video conferencing may not have caught on yet, but this year all the major CPD providers to the accounting profession will be offering some of their normal update courses online, presented by the speakers we have all beco...

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Don't forget HMR&C and CIOT
I suppose I ought also to acknowledge the efforts HMR&C have made to publish (free of charge) e-learning materials recently, as reported elsewhere on this site. There are a couple of handy text-based e-learning modules at:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/e-learning/compliance-checks/Externalmodule/HTML/Externalmodule_menu.html - Compliance checks under FA2008
and
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/e-learning/tribunal-reform/Tribunal_Reform_Ext/HTML/Tribunal_Reform_Ext_101.html - Tribunal reform

The CIOT has a good series of podcasts for members at:
http://www.tax.org.uk/podcasts

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Thanks for the comments
Thanks for all the useful comments. I have made some additions to the article in response.

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Now Training
I have used www.now-training.co.uk (see my question about on on-line CPD last week).

I used the Money laundering training for my team and was impressed, low-cost, easy to use and very well thought out. It even told me which members of the team had completed the course.

I also tried the monthly Tim Good Tax update podcasts and they are excellent in keeping me up to date. I even kept working whilst it ran on my computer! At around a fiver (I think) it isn’t going to break the bank.

Since Tim Good is involved do you really think he would put his name to anything he wasn’t entirely happy with? His old PTP software was excellent and we still use it now.

I for one would recommend it.

Hughsie

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How much?
What are the prices of all the different offerings?

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www.now-training.co.uk do online courses, and I think they are quite cheap. Does anyone know if they are any good?

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The other P in CPD
And don't forget CPD comes in many shapes and sizes and many different guises.....Might be an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the other 'P' in CPD right here: http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=179830&d=1032&h=1022&f=1026.

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