By Meg Killian, vice president – member relations
The PICPA can proudly say that most members have the full support of their employers in being involved in PICPA activities and supporting the financial investment of membership.
There are some members, though, that do not have that support, and each year they need to convince their employer to allow them to renew their membership, cover the cost of it, or provide them with time to get involved in volunteer activities.
If you find yourself needing to convince a decision maker in your company that PICPA membership is worth the time and financial investment, here are some helpful talking points.
Free and discounted continuing professional education
Membership includes complimentary CPE credits. Up to 16 credits in on-demand, web-based, and in-person programs are provided throughout the year. Add another eight hours if you are a PICPA volunteer and are eligible to attend the leadership conference. In addition to the CPE that’s included in your membership, you also get a significant discount on all other CPE offerings and related discount products such as ClassPass and Value Pass Plus. If your employer requires or encourages you to maintain your CPA license, membership truly makes financial sense.
Access to thousands of fellow CPAs through networking and volunteering
PICPA members represent nearly every area of business services, potential customers, and vendors. No matter your business, maintaining a strong network is important, and attending PICPA events or connecting with fellow members virtually through message boards or the PICPA’s members-only LinkedIn group is an easy way to do this.
Opportunities for leadership and personal development
PICPA programs are a low-risk, high-reward environment to learn, build, and perfect your leadership, social, and management skills. The things you learn outside of the office can be extremely useful to you and your employer.
New member benefits
The PICPA recently added new features, such as the members-only message board (PICPA Connect) and even more complimentary CPE. Coming soon we will offer a mentor program for members of all ages and interests, as well as more content in areas such as corporate finance, audit quality, and technology. All these things benefit you and your employer because they help you stay professionally competent to do your job, broaden your vision, and gain access to subject matter experts when you need technical assistance.
The prestige and respect of the credential
CPAs continue to be one of the most trusted, most respected professionals. Your company’s clients, vendors, customers, and anyone you interact with will know that you and your company are committed to the excellence, professionalism, and expertise that the CPA credential and PICPA membership represent.