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Ethics: Protecting the Integrity of Florida CPAs

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Regulatory Ethics - Technical

Average Rating:
  4.7   (32 comments)
Ethics |  Industry |  Partner Produced
Paul N. Brown, CPA, CGMA |  Michael Kridel, CFF, CITP, CFC |  Laura Krueger Brock, CPA/CFF, CFE, CVA |  Gary Fracassi, CPA, CGMA
Course Levels:
4 Hours


CPAs often face difficult, unusual, and challenging situations when dealing with clients, employers, and regulatory authorities.  The objective of this course is to remind you that a framework exists that you can refer to for guidance to determine the expectations for your behavior as a Florida CPA.  That framework is based on the Florida Statutes, the Rules of the Florida Board of Accountancy, and the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.  Through interactive dialogue and discussion we will focus on the application of specific rules and requirements within that framework and recent trends in business and professional ethics.  This course is designed for CPAs in all areas of practice and fulfills the biennial ethics requirements for Florida CPAs.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives

*Describe how codes of conduct, professional responsibilities, and core values of the profession issued by various organizations impact the practice of accounting

*Identify how Florida Statutes 455 and 473 and Florida Administrative Code 61H1 provide guidance for ethical practice

*Identify how newly revised/ proposed interpretations, rulings, and legislation affect Florida licensees 

*Recognize practice and compliance issues such as independence that affect ethical conduct

Major Subjects

*AICPA Code of Professional Conduct

*Business ethics

*Chapters 455 and 473, F.S.

*61H1 F.A.C.

*Common violations of Florida laws and rules

*Client record retention

*CPE requirements

*Disciplinary actions



*Integrity and objectivity

*Licensure requirements – individuals and firms  

*Peer Review

*Practice mobility

*Professional competency

Course Materials


Paul N. Brown, CPA, CGMA Related seminars and products: 1

Director of Technical Services

Florida Institute of CPAs

Paul Brown joined the FICPA in November 1992 and is the Director of Technical Services for the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA). One of Paul’s main duties is to serve as the technical reviewer in Florida for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Peer Review Program. The program administers approximately 450 reviews annually in Florida and oversees approximately 125 peer reviewers.

Paul also assists members in the areas of professional ethics and professional standards. As part of his role in the peer review program Paul has previously been an instructor and author of continuing education programs for the AICPA and FICPA, for which he had received several outstanding discussion leader and author awards. Paul has also served
on the AICPA’s Technical Reviewers Advisory Task Force to the Peer Review Board and serves as staff liaison to two committees and one section of the FICPA.

Prior to joining the FICPA, Paul was an audit manager with the regional firm of Williams, Cox, Weidner & Cox (now Carr, Riggs & Ingram) in Tallahassee, Florida. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Florida State University and has been licensed as a CPA since 1988.

Michael Kridel, CFF, CITP, CFC Related seminars and products: 4

Michael S. Kridel, C.P.A., P.A.

Michael S. Kridel, CPA/CFF/CITP, CFC

Michael S. Kridel, C.P.A., P.A.


Michael Kridel practices in the Boca Raton area. Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from George Washington University in 1974. Prior to joining Rehmann in 2013, he was a partner with Daszkal Bolton LLP for nearly 17 years after practicing 18 years as a sole practitioner.


Mr. Kridel is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Accounting and Certified Forensic Consultant of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. He is also a member of the International Association for Asset Recovery, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is an associate member of the American Bar Association and Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He chaired the Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Section of the FICPA and served as Chairperson of the Committee for Valuation and Litigation Services. In 2001, Mr. Kridel was one of the first CPAs to achieve the Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) designation offered by the AICPA. He was one of the first CPAs to be Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also served on the Top Technologies Task Force of the AICPA. Mr. Kridel has received the FICPA Outstanding Discussion Leader each year since 2004. He was included as a leading forensic accountant in the South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2009 as a Top CPA and Financial Support Professional (Litigation Support). He also received the South Florida Business Leader Magazine’s 2010 IMPACT Leaders Award.


Since 1974, Mr. Kridel has provided litigation services for both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of matters including family law, stockholder actions, financial damages, fraud detection, criminal and civil tax matters, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge and accountant malpractice. He also has extensive practice experience in accounting and taxation for corporations, partnerships, retirement plans, fiduciaries and individuals. Additionally, he has provided management consulting and training services to large and small companies and professional practices. Mr. Kridel has testified in deposition, hearings, trial and alternative dispute resolution proceedings as an expert in numerous jurisdictions.


Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker, garnering numerous awards, at national and local conferences for accountants and attorneys on topics such as litigation services, professional ethics, eDiscovery, practice management, information technology and human resources. He is a certified ethics instructors in Florida. He is an online instructor for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was a Facilitator in the Professional Training Department at the Florida campus of Johnson & Wales University for several years. He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. He is active in several community service organizations and is a Partner in Education at numerous Broward County high schools. For more than twenty years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing nearly 1,500 students annually. He is also the profession’s representative on the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy. Mr. Kridel is the current Chair of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics and has served on the Commission since 2013.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For

This course is designed meet the requirements for continuing professional education in Ethics for Florida licensees

Original Recording Date 05/05/2018
Yellow Book No
Course Developer FICPA
Date Added to Catalog 03/09/2018

Additional Information

Complaint Resolution Policy Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints., (972-377-8199).
Official Registry Statement

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration 

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Please contact the ACPEN help desk 1-877-602-9877 or if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer. 



Overall:     4.7

Total Reviews: 333


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Kristen C

"Like the roundtable presentation instead of one person the entire four hours."

Linda E

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Frederick D

"Very easy to join and to participate and to report."

Darwish K

"Good panel and discussion!"

Carol R - Pensacola, Florida

"i liked the round-table discussion and presentation style of this course."

Mark P

"I appreciated the availability of multiple access with different devices. I had to start on my phone then moved to laptop."

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