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Build strong literacy in sustainability by diving deeper into topics impacting organizations across sectors and industries. The course focuses on providing a breadth of topic areas for the learner to gain exposure to a variety of sustainability terminology and information.
This course continues building on the high-level literacy developed in course 1 by diving deeper into sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics that are impacting various organizations across most sectors and industries. The course focuses on providing a breadth of topic areas for the learner to gain exposure to a variety of sustainability terms such as defining what are greenhouse gas emissions? What is Scope 1, 2 and 3? The course also includes other topics such as economic, financial and materiality definitions such as double vs. single materiality issues as they relate to sustainability.
This is the second of four courses within the certificate program: A New Frontier, Sustainability and ESG for CPAs.
Note that members from British Columbia and Alberta will be able to register for this course via their provincial bodies; this product page will be updated once links are available.
Why should I take this course?
The first two courses of this program focus on developing literacy in the sustainability space. It is difficult to be a strategic advisor for an organization and aid with developing governance, internal controls and preparing information that is assurance ready if one does not understand at least some of what they are advising on. We’ve designed courses 1 and 2 to be basic information that builds a foundation of literacy and understanding that is an important foundation to effective reporting.
What’s in it for me?
The competency of sustainability is one of the largest disruptions in the profession in more than 100 years. Developing your knowledge is a gateway to opportunity in this growing field with an increasing number of roles such as sustainability controller popping up. Those who have a base knowledge in sustainability will become increasingly valuable to the organization as well those that have well rounded financial and business acumen to accompany this knowledge will have a competitive skills advantage. Becoming a key resource at your organization will give you the opportunity to position yourself for more senior positions and add increasing value to your organization’s future.
Even if you are not a public company, organizations part of a larger value chain will experience needs from those they supply or provide services to. In addition, financial institutions, private equity and other providers of capital are increasingly interested in key sustainability metrics for organizations of all sizes.
In the new CPA competency map this course would be map to levels 1 through 4.
The course is comprised of six online modules:
The course includes interactive e-Learning slides, audio, video, knowledge checks and an end-of-module multiple-choice quiz (needing 80% or higher with unlimited attempts).
Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.
The certificate and its courses are intended toward upskilling two distinct groups of professionals:
CPAs that have at least two to 10+ years of designated experience and MBA / business professionals that work in:
Within those groups, we expect the following roles to align with this course and its objectives:
Develop an understanding of the sustainability landscape including origins of sustainability concepts. This course is designed to build literacy on why sustainability risks and opportunities are important for CPAs and other professionals in this critical area.
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