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Virtual Course

Advanced Public Utility Accounting

This practical course examines the more complicated aspects of accounting theory and practice to inform planning and decision-making and help execute your day-to-day responsibilities.
May 8 - 16, 2024
Virtual Event
12:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern

Return to the three-part Accounting Fundamentals Virtual Series.

Learning Environment

Join us as we hold this popular course as a series of four (4) interactive virtual sessions—using the Zoom meeting platform. It’s a convenient way to attend the course, while still having the opportunity to interact with the instructors, your industry peers, and earn 12.8 CPE credits.

This course includes real-time presentations, videos, class exercises, discussions, and online quizzes to reinforce the course materials. Before the class, you will be able to download materials that can fill in on your computer during the course exercises.

Timing

Participate in four, real-time sessions from Noon - 3 p.m. ET on May 8, 9, 15, and 16. There will be one 15-minute break in each session.

Course Overview

Most of the crucial decisions that electric utilities make require financial information. Utility accounting staff must understand how accounting principles and practices impact financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. This practical course examines the more complicated aspects of accounting theory and practice to inform planning and decision-making and help execute your day-to-day work more efficiently and effectively. Discuss how accounting principles and practices impact financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Learn about industry trends, new accounting standards, and strategies for ensuring future financial success.

Attendees will receive a complimentary digital copy of APPA’s Advanced Public Utility Accounting Guidebook publication.

Course Topics

  • Presentation of financial statements
  • Maintaining or improving your utility's bond rating
  • Financing sources for utility projects
  • Using regulatory accounting (GASB 62) to match expenses and rates
  • The next accounting challenge is here – ESG reporting
  • Internal controls and fraud prevention
  • Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) pronouncements update, including subscription based IT arrangements
  • Accounting for pensions, other postemployment benefits, leases and asset retirement obligations

Recommended for

Utility accounting and finance personnel with a basic knowledge of utility accounting theory and practice.

Course Level

Intermediate/Advanced: No prerequisites; no advance preparation. Some knowledge of FERC accounting is helpful, which is taught in APPA’s Public Utility Accounting course.

For those looking for more comprehensive training, it is highly recommended that you attend this course in conjunction with APPA’s Public Utility Accounting (Jan. 9-11) and Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting (March 12-13) virtual courses. A discounted bundled rate is available.

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing 90% of all four live sessions. These sessions will be recorded, though certificates can only be awarded to those who meet the attendance requirements for attending the live sessions. 

Recommended CEUs 1.2/PDHs 11/CPEs 12.8 (for all four sessions)
Field of Study: Accounting

Instructors

https://www.publicpower.org/system/files/documents/Hissom-Russ-speaker.jpgRuss Hissom, CPA, is a consultant for Baker Tilly and principal of Utility Accounting & Rates Specialists. Russ has over 35 years of power and utilities, accounting and finance experience. He provides utility accounting, cost of service, rates, financial analysis consulting, and expert witness testimony for rate cases and accounting matters. His goal is to help your organization deliver effective and reliable utility services to your customers by maximizing the efficiencies in your accounting, rates, and business processes. He has authored dozens of articles on power and utilities accounting and rates issues and co-authored industry financial and governance-related textbooks. Russ is an instructor for several APPA Academy courses and a frequent speaker at national industry conferences. 

Bethany Ryers photoBethany Ryers, CPA, MAS is a Partner in Baker Tilly's energy practice with a focus on assurance and advisory services for power and utility organizations. Bethany has helped some of the country’s largest public power systems implement the latest governmental accounting standards. She is involved with a number of state electric, water and wastewater organizations and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and several state accounting associations. Bethany is co-author of the APPA Advanced Public Utility Accounting publication and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Questions?

Registration/Billing: [email protected]
Schedule/Content/Accreditation: [email protected]

Registration

Register now!

Registration Fees 

Registration is for individual access. If you have multiple people interested in attending, group discounts are available.

  Members*
Bundled Series - includes all three courses (save $300) $2,195
Individual Courses
  • Public Utility Accounting
$895
  • Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting
$595
  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting
$995
*Non-member rates are double the member rates.

Group Discounts

Save money when your organization registers five or more people for the same class or the bundled series. The larger your group, the more you save! Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

If you need assistance, contact [email protected].

Number of registrants

Discount
(per person, per class)

Bundled Courses
(3 classes, per person)

1-4

n/a

n/a

5-9

$50

$150

10-14

$100

$300

15-24

$150 $450
25+ $200 $600

Registration Help

Check out our Registration FAQs for answers to the most common questions and help with all your registration-related issues. 

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

All events will be recorded and attendees will automatically receive a copy of the recordings, in case you can’t attend live.

Registrants who cancel in writing at least 7 days before the first day of a course are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after that will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel at least 7 days before the course start date are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. 

Cancellation deadlines: 

  • Accounting Fundamentals Virtual Series (all 3 classes): Cancellations must be received on/before Jan. 2
    • Public Utility Accounting: Cancellations must be received on/before Jan. 2
    • Electric Work Order & Fixed Asset Accounting: Cancellations must be received on/before March 5
    • Advanced Public Utility Accounting: Cancellations must be received on/before May 1

Cancellation requests should be made through your My.PublicPower portal, or addressed to: [email protected]

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 24 hours before
    • You’ll receive your Zoom login link the day before the first session in a class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class. 

If you don’t receive this, email [email protected]

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the first session.
  • Course Materials: Attendees will receive access to course materials the day before each session through the "Documents" section of their My.PublicPower.org user portal. 
  • Recordings: All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed through your user portal as well (within a week of the last class in the program), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last session. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

Questions?

Registration/Billing: [email protected]
Schedule/Content/Accreditation: [email protected]

Accreditation

Earn While You Learn!

Participate in virtual programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). This event is eligible for the following credits:

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions during this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of each live event and complete an online evaluation at the end of the session.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data.
  • Completion certificates will be available within two weeks of the last session in a live event (for those who meet the requirements) through your APPA member portal (access instructions will be provided).
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week of the last session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last session.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs): The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected]. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBAregistry.com. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Questions?

Registration/Billing: [email protected]
Schedule/Content/Accreditation: [email protected]

Additional Information

Format and Log-In Information

These classes will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform.

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in link the day before the first session in a course (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the first class. 
  • If you don’t receive this, email [email protected].

Course Materials and Recordings

  • Course materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal a week before the course, where the eManuals and other course materials will be made available, allowing you to work with them before, during and after the online sessions.
  • Recordings: The sessions will be recorded and can also be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within a week of the last class in the program), in case you can’t attend the live versions. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after the last course session. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions.

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Please see below for more information on downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout sessions and group discussions.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results.

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Questions?

Registration/Billing: [email protected]
Schedule/Content/Accreditation: [email protected]