The Ohio Society of CPAs Introduces Micro CPE Courses

The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) has launched a series of micro learning courses for CPAs that provide timely knowledge packaged in 10-minute modules. Called Quick Byte, these courses are the first micro learning resources developed by a state CPA association, and the first programs under one hour to qualify for CPA continuing education in Ohio after a landmark rule change last year.

In 2014, OSCPA worked closely with the Accountancy Board of Ohio to adopt new rules, making Ohio the first state where CPAs can earn credit for micro CPE beginning in 10-minute increments. Last week, Maryland followed suit by adopting new CPE regulations for the shorter format the Maryland Association of CPAs has dubbed ‘nano learning.’

Quick Byte consists of 42 courses that are 10-minutes each and can be accessed on laptops, tablets and other mobile devices. CPAs can earn .2 hours of credit for each Quick Byte course available now.

The new learning resources are responsive to the changing dynamics of today’s business environment. CPAs operate in a complex world of rapid-flow information and technology. Time is at a premium, yet they need quality learning resources they can quickly absorb and immediately apply to real-life business challenges.

“The nature of professional education is changing,” says Scott Wiley, president and CEO of OSCPA. “Studies show micro learning can provide the quick, focused education that CPAs need to stay current in the market place.”

The shorter video format is convenient and ideal for an increasingly digital audience to digest. That can mean higher retention rates since topics are pared down and targeted specifically on concepts the learner needs to know right now.

Wiley, who also served on the 2013 AICPA’s Future of Learning Task Force, a profession-wide initiative to advance the CPE model, said micro learning is highly flexible. It can be used as a quick update to a longer program, or as a niche component in a broader learning curriculum.