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Ethics: Critical Thinking, Case Studies, and FraudEthics: Critical Thinking, Case Studies, and Fraud

$110.00 (USD)

While ethics training is required by many states, the true value of the CPA license is in understanding how critically important ethical behavior is to one another, our customers, and to the public.  This course will explore the basic tenets of ethical behavior and use case studies to explore ethical dilemmas in various companies and organizations, with special focus on the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and AU-C Section 315.

Credits: 4
Estimated Length: 4 hour(s)
Valid for: 12 Month(s)


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Online Lesson1. ETHICS: Critical Thinking, Case Studies, and Fraud -


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize critical thinking errors as they relate to ethical dilemmas
  • Recall the professional code of ethics and conduct
  • Identify the new AICPA Ethics Codification
  • Recall resources you can turn for help with ethics issues
  • Identify responsibilities of members in public practice versus members in business 

Major Topics:  

  • AICPA Code of Professional Conduct
  • CPA responsibilities and AU-C 315
  • The new AICPA Ethics Codification
  • Disciplinary cases and  actions
  • CPA Vision
  • Seminal events
  • The impact of ethical and unethical conduct on our profession 

Field of Study:  Regulatory Ethics 

Recommended CPE Credit Hours:  4.0 

Course Level: Basic 

Prerequisites:  None 

Designed For: CPAs, accounting professionals 

Instructor:  Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA 

Publication Year:  2017

Expiration Date:  Course content is reviewed annually and revised with neccessary changes or else the course is removed.


Matt's Biography:   

Matt currently serves as the President of a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and economic forecasts, and simultaneously serves as the CFO of a tech startup specializing in dynamic pricing and as the CFO of an educational institute based in Washington, D.C. He has additional experience in both alternative investment and public accounting, as well as extensive experience in risk analysis and operations management.

Outside of his consulting work, Matt currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserves with more than 15 years of service in the military. He recently completed an extended tour as the Company Commander for a logistics/distribution unit based in Central Pennsylvania. In 2009, Matt deployed to Iraq where he served dual roles as the Executive Officer of a medical unit and as the Brigade Medical Logistics Officer for the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Matt serves on the Board of Directors of a Philadelphia-based military service organization and previously served as the Audit Committee Chairman of The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. He also participates in numerous political organizations and has served on campaign committees for local, state, federal, and judicial candidates.
Matt holds a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania & Virginia), and has a Master’s Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through Villanova University.

Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA
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