Professional Education Volunteer Opportunities

Accounting and Auditing Curriculum Advisory Group

The Accounting and Auditing Curriculum Advisory Group discusses current trends in accounting and auditing. After reviewing Society CPE offerings in these areas, the advisory group identifies which courses should be dropped and which should be added to MNCPA's annual CPE schedule. Qualified advisers make decisions about CPE attendance for themselves, their staff and their firm.
Time commitment: 4-5 hours annually

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Audits of Employee Benefit Plans Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 5-7 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 3+ years' experience performing, reviewing or supervising employee benefit plan audits
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Audits of Local Government Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 3+ years' experience performing, reviewing or supervising local government audits
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Business Valuation Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 5-7 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration
Qualifications: 5+ years' experience performing business valuations and/or providing related services
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Estate and Personal Financial Planning Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 10-12 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration.
Qualifications: 5+ years' experience providing financial planning and/or wealth management advisory services
Requirements: Participation in 2-3 meetings and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 20 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Management & Business Advice Advisory Group

Members of this advisory group guide the MNCPA professional education team in selecting management CPE courses for the upcoming year. Qualified advisers make decisions about CPE attendance for themselves and their staff. They also help identify hot topics and trends in education for CPAs who work outside the public accounting environment in companies and organizations in Minnesota.
Time commitment: 4-5 hours

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Management and Business Advisors Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 12-15 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration.
Qualifications: 3+ years' leadership/management experience (i.e. CFO, controller, finance director) or 5+ years' experience providing business advisory services
Requirements: Participation in 3-4 meetings and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 23-25 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Not-for-Profit Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration.
Qualifications: 3+ years' nonprofit industry experience (i.e. finance director, financial manager) or 5+ years' experience providing advisory services to the nonprofit industry 
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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SALT Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration.
Qualifications: 3+ years' industry experience in multistate taxation (CFO, controller, tax manager/specialist) or 5+ years' experience providing multistate tax advisory services
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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School District Audits Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 7-10 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 3+ years' experience performing, reviewing or supervising school district audits
Requirements: Participation in one meeting and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 10 hours annually (Includes conference attendance)

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Tax Conference Task Force

Task force consists of 15-18 MNCPA members who assist with the development of the conference agenda by identifying and selecting relevant topics and qualified speakers. Perks include building relationships with other MNCPA members who have a similar professional interest and receiving a complimentary conference registration. 
Qualifications: 10+ years' experience in individual and/or business taxation including preparation, filing, reporting and/or planning 
Requirements: Participation in 3-4 meetings and performance of various conference duties, such as introduction of one or more speakers

Time commitment: 24-26 hours annually (includes conference attendance)

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Tax Curriculum Advisory Group

The Taxation Curriculum Advisory Group assists MNCPA professional education staff in selecting beneficial, relevant CPE courses in the area of taxation. Members review current course offerings and suggest improvements, including new additions. Qualified taxation advisers make decisions for themselves, their staff and their firm about CPE attendance in the area of tax. 
Time commitment: 4-5 hours

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Reasons to volunteer

Here are three important business reasons you and your firm should be volunteering:

  • Network. The most essential part of any business.
  • Show your stuff. Volunteering and community service show potential customers the integrity of your company and demonstrates the quality of your work.
  • Get attention. No better way to get positive PR exposure, and attracting new customers doesn’t hurt either.