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Continuing Professional Education Seminars for CPAs

The  Eberly College of Business and Information Technology provides Continuing Professional Education (CPE) certificate programs for certified public accountants (CPAs) who wish to earn CPE credits to maintain CPA certification. 

Seminar goals are to present various topics that are timely and purposeful to the public accounting profession. Sample topics covered in seminars include fraud, tax law, estate planning, auditor and internal controls, mutual funds, ethics, and more.

Presenters are selected for their knowledgeable backgrounds and fields of expertise so that program participants receive the most current and relevant information available.

Upon completion of a seminar, participants will receive a certificate listing the type and number of credits earned.

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology is a Pennsylvania-licensed CPE provider — #PX177835. 

For more information, contact Wendy Kopczyk at 724-357-4841 or e-mail

Fall 2015 CPE Seminars

Forensic Seminars - $169.00 each

Tuesday, October 20 at Gianilli's II on Rte. 30 in Greensburg, PA

Thursday, October 22 at Holiday Inn, Monroeville, PA

Tuesday, October 27 at Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex (KCAC), IUP, Indiana, PA

  • The same seminar is being offered three different dates in different locations.  Select the one that best suits your schedule.
  • 8 A&A CPE credits earned for participation in one day-long seminar.
  • Seminars are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.


The morning portion of the seminar will concentrate on the interview process from an accountant’s and auditor’s perspective. We will concentrate on processes to better equip the accountant/auditor in his/her job for one of the most important aspect of the job—interviewing and talking to auditees/clients and their staff.

We will show the importance of body language and how valuable it can be if the accountant can pick up on the signs and gestures given off by people. In our daily communication, amazingly only 7% of speech is considered part of this process. What is the rest? Some of these techniques and “tells” are already naturally part of your toolbox; some will probably be new to you.

In the afternoon session, we will follow up the interviewing process by concentrating on preparing accountants and auditors to be better able to deal with con artists and their schemes and serve as protection to their clients.

In many respects, we have met con artists in the likes of Bernie Madoff, Andrew Fastow of Enron and all CEOs and CFOs in high positions of notable financial fraud cases. They really are no different than the single individual that preys on wealthy clients except they can and have caused much more financial damage.

The accountant and the auditor need to know: what motivates them and what motivates their victims? What are the common links between the interviewed embezzler and the con artist at any level? How can we spot them before it is too late?

We will get inside of one of the more notorious con artist minds and will also concentrate on Scott Rothstein of Fort Lauderdale and his $1.4 Ponzi billion scheme. In conjunction with this fraud, Duane Ponko will discuss one of his client’s actions and that client’s rationalization as to why she initially invested in this scheme.

SPEAKER:  Duane Ponko, MS, CPA, CFE, has more than 32 years of teaching expertise at Indiana University of PA (IUP) and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He started his career at the US General Accounting Office and then spent six years at J&L Steel as an internal auditor and systems analyst and staff accountant. 

He has maintained a CPA practice during this time and is CEO of Mental Health and Addiction Clinics and the CPE coordinator for Eberly College of Business & Information Technology at IUP.

Sponsored by:  PNC Bank

Variety Seminar

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Edgewood Country Club, 100 Churchill Rd., Pittsburgh, PA

Details will be posted as they become available.

Sponsored by:  First National Bank

Please check back periodically for seminar updates and the addition of future seminars.

  • Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
  • 401 Eberly
    664 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-7889
  • Fax: 724-357-4785
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.