The Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors and our Professional Partners understand the challenges facing all of our chapters by not being on campus due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In keeping with our mission, the Professional Partners have pulled together professional development resources for BAP chapters to access. Candidates and members are welcome to participate in all of the resources provided to help them meet their hours requirement for the 2020-2021 reporting year. Chapters are responsible for reporting minutes in the Reporting Intranet.

As a reminder, if your chapter meets the hours and Reaching Out Activities requirements for Distinguished status, you will be eligible to achieve Superior status (after review by the E.O.).

Beta Alpha Psi is deeply grateful to the Professional Partners for all their support and contributions during this unprecedented time. 

We are all here to help you. If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Office.

Professional Partner Organization

     Benefits

Accounting and Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA)

  • AFWA Webinar Series:  All classes will be listed on AFWA’S resource page at www.afwa.education.  As a partner of BAP, we are happy to invite all BAP candidates and members to participate in the AFWA Webinar Series at no charge.  

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

The AICPA has curated the following resources for BAP candidates and members to take advantage of to attain hours in a different manner.

  • Human Intelligence series videos
    • Human Intelligence: Unconscious Bias [video]
    • Human Intelligence: Stress in the Workplace [video]
    • The four tendencies: Human Intelligence Ep. 20 [video]
    • Human Intelligence: Critical Thinking [video]
  • Responding to a Crisis: How Accountants Help Lead the Charge During Difficult Times
    • Learn more about how businesses deal with crises through this recently published article by the AICPA. Click here.
  • AICPA Certificates and Digital Badges
    • Gain a professional edge by earning a digital badge in emerging accounting technologies. Click here.

2020 has been rough for everyone. The Academic and Student Engagement team at AICPA is hosting a live session - "Where do you go from here? Be resilient, reclaim your 2020" - with Amber Setter, PCC, CPA (inactive), an Actualization Coach who works with students and CPAs. The event aims to tackle how to be resilient and mentally strong as plans change. This webinar is offered for free to students. Register for the webinar here: https://bit.ly/3gxAw9C

BDO USA

  • Preparing for the Digital Interview Experience webinar (pre-recorded)
    • Traditional face-to-face interviews may not always be the case when interviewing nowadays. Listen to this webinar to learn about what to expect and how to be best prepared for a digital recruiting experience.

Becker Professional Education

  • As an exclusive offer to BAP candidates and members, Becker will provide access to our Becker Essentials bundle, a collection of courses meant to build the important skills necessary for students and professionals entering the work force.
  • How to redeem:
    • Visit becker.com and select the "Add to Cart" button.
    • Use promo code BAPBEB20 at checkout.
    • Complete the courses to receive CPE credit.
  • Please note that access to the courses in this bundle will expire on July 31 (regardless of purchase date).

CAIA 

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA)
The CAIA Association is a global professional credentialing body dedicated to creating greater alignment, transparency, and knowledge for all investors, with a specific emphasis on alternative investments. A Member-driven organization representing professionals in more than 95 countries, CAIA Association advocates for the highest ethical standards.

The Fundamentals of Alternative Investments
Fundamentals offers a base of knowledge in alternative investments to help you or your team comprehend, discuss, and position these asset classes with your clients. Designed for anyone who wants to build a functional knowledge, the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments certificate program is recommended for financial advisors, individuals in administration, operations, sales or marketing, legal counsel, and journalists.

Traditional vs. Alternative Investments - Click Here to Access
In this lesson, we explore the differences between traditional and alternative investments and the typical structures of alternative investments. We show how alternative investments may fit into an investment portfolio from an asset allocation standpoint and highlight the diversification potential of such investments. Finally, we discuss the means of access to the markets for alternative investments, from private placements to registered products.

  • Traditional Investments
  • Structures in Alternative Investments
  • Traditional vs. Alternative Investments
  • Types of Alternative Investments
  • Drivers of Asset Allocation
  • Registered Products vs. Private Placements

ESG Investing: History, Approaches, and Integration – Click Here to Access
In this lecture, we offer an overview of environmental, social, and governance investing (ESG). First, we discuss the history of ESG investing, including its evolution from values-based investment philosophy to a data-centric investment process. Next, we compare the three primary approaches to ESG investing: socially responsible investing (SRI), impact investing and ESG integration.  Finally, with a focus on ESG integration, we discuss the three pillars of ESG: environmental, social, and governance, and how an investor may consider each when making investment decisions.

  • The History of ESG
  • Approaches to ESG
  • The Three Pillars of ESG

California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)

  • BitLearning Platform
    • Develop your skills and learn new ones with the latest “grab and go” 10-minute online courses that adapt to your schedule wherever you are!
    • Please note: in order for the non-member fee to be completely waived, students will need to join CalCPA as student members. This membership is free.

CFA Institute

Gleim Exam Prep

  • Professional Partner rep Valerie Wendt is available to skype into meetings on various topics. To contact Valerie, please email her.

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

  • We are happy to offer BAP students a free 3-month student membership to IMA which will allow students to take advantage of webinars and other educational resources so that they can meet chapter requirements and gain professional knowledge. To join, click here.
    • For a complete listing of offerings included with the membership, please contact Jodi Ryan.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center for the Public Trust (CPT)

  • Suggestions on ways to virtually volunteer:
    • Tutor a friend or classmate
    • Send a card to someone at a local hospital
    • Check your local community center and see if they need help virtually
    • Download Be My Eyes and help those with vision impairments
    • Volunteer with the United Nations
    • Transcribe for the Smithsonian

Moss Adams

  • Moss Adams recommends Headspace
    • You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics course. If you enjoy it, then it’s time to subscribe. Once you do, you’ll have bite-sized minis for when you’re short on time, exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.
  • Moss Adams welcomes BAP members to visit their Firm-Wide Events page.

Robert Half

  • Robert Half and Skillsoft are offering a free 60-day trial of Percipio*, our learning experience platform.
    • With Percipio, you can:
      • Learn new skills or fine-tune the ones you have in everything from finance and accounting, project management and agile, to data science and machine learning.
      • Study for certifications and gain continuing education credits, such as NASBA CPE's.
      • Earn digital badges and share them on your social media platforms.
      • So much more!
    • Register now for your free 60-day trial. There's no commitment required. Enrolled in a college or university? Click here for an extended, 90-day trial. Valid .edu email address required. (*Initial free trial is 60 days. Offer valid for new customers only. The free period will automatically terminate once the period has ended.)
      • When registering, enter BAP for company.

Surgent CPA Review

 

  • As part of Surgent Exam Review’s ongoing effort to provide the most up to date information regarding Exam Preparation and Study Strategies to help candidates navigate the uncertainties we are facing over the next few months, we are pleased to offer access to our Exam Webinar Library. To access our library click here. Additionally, Surgent will be hosting regular professional development webinars over the next two months intended to help students arm themselves with the required success skills as they enter the work force. For additional information on these webinars please contact Paul Wiese at wiesep@surgent.com.

UWorld Roger CPA Review

  • UWorld Roger CPA Review is pleased to offer BAP candidates and members pre-recorded webinars on the following topics:
    • 2020 CPA Exam Changes
    • How to Become a CPA: A Step by Step Guide Webcast
  • To view these webinars, register using the link and an email will be sent to your inbox with how to access the webinars.
  • Additionally, we would like to invite you to an exclusive CPA Exam Gameplan Live Webinar where you can get your CPA Exam and licensure questions answered by Professional Partner, Toni Williams. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 3pm EST. Register here.

Xero Accounting Software

  • National Xero Ambassadors (current accountants and bookkeepers) are happy to host a live hour session for chapters. The topic will be based on our Ambassador's work/life experience to explain how "using cloud services allows you to work from anywhere."
    • Ungated webinars in response to COVID-19. There will be a total of 10 webinar topics that fall within the categories of: remote business practices, personal wellbeing and development, and professional development. Each of these webinars will run multiple times during the week, they're 20 to 30 minutes in length, and signing up for the webinars can be done here: Xero Central page.

 

 

Please review ideas for online service activities as well as suggestions for Fall 2020.