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Learning that’s Ready When You Are, Wherever You Are

Reading at airportBetween the demands of the job I love, my travel schedule (hectic even when the flights are hassle-free and on time) and my family commitments, there’s just not much time left in the day. Sound familiar? In our profession, sometimes “free time” seems like a non-existent commodity.

On top of all of this, I’m always looking for opportunities for learning. But when? And with so many great options for CPE coming from so many varied sources, wading through it all can be both daunting and time prohibitive. 

At the airport recently, I had a little time to kill before my flight and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for some CPE. Instead of searching several different sources, I went straight to the new AICPA | CIMA Competency and Learning website.

Recently launched, the site offers aggregated learning resources, planning and assessment tools curated specifically for CGMA designation holders. Content is sourced from AICPA, CIMA and CGMA publications, learning products and online resources to offer a comprehensive environment for professionals at all levels of their careers.

Knowing I still had 20 minutes before my flight, I could easily watch an eight-minute video on Mergers and Acquisitions, and download some articles to review on the plane. And during the long taxi ride to the hotel, I was able to read an article on How to Manage Risk on my iPhone.

The site also has a self-assessment tool that helps measure your proficiency on selected topics. If you’re unsure where to start, my recommendation is to start there.

All of this may sound overwhelming, but it isn’t. The site is straightforward, easy-to-use and intuitive. Better still, you can access it from your laptop, tablet or smartphone. 

Visit competency.cgma.org and give it a try. And be sure to share your experiences with the new site in the comments.


Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA, Senior Vice President- Management Accounting, American Institute of CPAs. 

Woman reading at the airport image via Shutterstock



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