Podcasts are a great way to learn for people who don’t have the time for more traditional learning. Busy CPAs and other professionals in accounting can keep up with their continuing education in otherwise unproductive times. Podcasts can be excellent education tools to keep you engaged when driving or taking the subway to work, waiting in queues etc.
There are excellent podcasts series available on iTunes and blogs. Some of these are aimed at current students that want to plan ahead for their careers, while others are designed to help keep practicing CPAs abreast of news, standards, technology and other subjects.
Top 10 Accounting Podcasts
Accounting Play Podcast: Learn Accounting
Details: This series of podcasts by John Gillingham, CPA covers a variety of topics ranging from introductory lessons on accounting basics and concepts such as LIFO, FIFO, financial statements, equity etc., how to approach job interviews, introductions to C-corporations, increase and decrease of debits and credits and more.
Accounting Best Practices with Steve Bragg
Details: This series of podcasts has been downloaded over 2 million times. It covers accounting standards, best practices, acquisitions, accounting technology, closing the books, payroll, metrics, handling auditors, continuing education, cycle counting, advising management and more. The Steve Bragg is also a writer of accounting books on a variety of topics, and his podcast style is informal, practical and relevant.
CPA Exam Review
Details: Aimed at students who are preparing to take the CPA Exam, the CPA Exam Review podcasts supplement their preparation. The series covers exam preparation, study strategies, score releases and more in a straightforward, easy to understand style. The podcasts are the creation of Jeff Elliot, who is a licensed CPA, and has received top ratings and reviews from users.
The Xero Gravity
URL: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-xero-hour-with-bob-knorpp-and-saul-colt, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/xero-hour-bob-knorpp-saul/id977452702?mt=2
Details: This podcast hosted by Gene Marks and Elizabeth Ue is essentially a small business podcast that will benefit practicing CPAs like any other professional entrepreneur. The podcast features interviews of people in small business, and covers topics such as how to boost your income, how to attract new customers, manage a work-life balance, and generally make your business or practice thrive. The podcast is available on iTunes as well as on the Stitcher app.
The CPA Guide Podcast
URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cpa-guide-podcast-cpa-exam/id898894028?mt=2, http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-cpa-guide-podcast?refid=stpr
Details: The CPA Guide with Bryan Kesler gives the listener plenty of advice on how to take control of your finance or accounting career and obtain the certification you want such as CISA, CMA, CPA, CIA or EA. This general podcast series about cracking some of the toughest exams while being employed will be helpful for people in similar circumstances. Kesler shares his experiences of cracking the CPA exam while working, and also interviews successful accountants on his podcast.
The Bean Counter: Encouragement for Any Accounting Training Student
Details: The Bean Counter is a Player FM based audio series with over 100 episodes on subjects ranging from tax preparation, the value of online accounting colleges, dealing with conflicts at work, accounting lingo, using social media for your accounting career and more. The podcasts also interview successful CPAs and top professionals from recruiting firms.
The ACCA Podcast for Students in Accounting Training
Details: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has their own audio study aide series for student accountants and those in training, hoping to become certified professionals in the future. The podcasts are in-depth and cover areas like strategy, ethics, governance, environmental accounting etc.
URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thriveal-podcasts/id454751173, http://app.stitcher.com/browse/feed/22076/details
Details: This series from the THRIVEal Network aims at helping CPAs find a community and discover changes that are taking place in the areas of public accounting. Hosts Greg Kyte and Jason Blumer offer humorous and engaging insights on the subject of innovation in accounting, with the help and interviews of guests from the industry.
Details: Made possible by the Xero platform and hosted by Heather Smith, the author of Xero for Dummies and a certified Xero advisor, this independent audio series brings stories about the Xero ecosystem and interviews with thought leaders, developers, cloud integrators, Xero solution providers, end-users and others.
College Info Geek
Details: While not directly created for accounting students, the podcast by Thomas Frank at his blog “College Info Geek” offer very useful advice for students who want to plan ahead, learn how to secure their dream jobs, promote themselves for better credit scores in whichever discipline they are pursuing, communicate their abilities and skills to recruiters, pay of their student loans by managing finances well and so on. The podcasts are delivered in an engaging and fun way, making them quite popular with listeners across disciplines.