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Essential Ethics


Essential Ethics

The best ethics courses for CPAs and business professionals

Essential Ethics powered by the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) is your suite of cutting-edge 2-hour ethics courses from Virginia's premier provider of education for accounting professionals. 

Brand new courses for 2023 are now available. Choose from the topics below and fulfill your Virginia Board of Accountancy ethics requirement.

AI Ethics

NEW! AI Ethics 2023: Balancing on the Tightrope

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere but is it ethical to rely on it for your daily 
work? Explore challenges, dilemmas and solutions for the responsible adoption of AI technologies. 

Ethical Transgressions 2023

NEW! Ethical Transgressions 2023: Tales of Corruption

Season two of Tales of Corruption investigates ethical decision-making models relating to cases involving insider trading, cryptocurrency investment schemes and more.

Regulatory Ethics 2023

NEW! Virginia's Regulatory Landscape for CPAs 2023: What You Need to Know

Learn to navigate the many different laws, regulations, and guidance that CPAs must understand and abide by while providing services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Tax Ethics

NEW! Tax Ethics 2023:
Recent Developments
for Compliance

This course provides a refresher on the ethical requirements as identified by the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, Treasury Department Circular 230 and relevant state codes.

Ethical Considerations in DEI 2023

NEW! Ethical Considerations in DEI 2023: Recruitment & Retention of Diverse Talent

Explore, recognize and understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and how it relates to recruitment and retention of talent in the profession. 

Ethics Unplugged

Ethics Unplugged 2023: Technology Obligations

Today’s accountant must grapple with ethics issues when considering issues related to data security, remote work and more. Discover how to effectively navigate ethical and legal issues arising from the use of technology in accounting practices.

AICPA Regulatory Ethics

2023 AICPA Regulatory
Ethics Update

Obtain an overview of new ethics rules that CPAs in both industry and public accounting need to know to be compliant. Learn the impact of interpretations issued by PEEC and identify changes to the independence standards.

Ethical Misdeeds

Ethical Misdeeds 2023:
Tales of Corruption

Season one of Tales of Corruption features "ripped from the headlines" ethics cases. Most of these cases are on the extreme end of ethical misdeeds, but there’s a lot that can be learned about "doing the right thing" from examining these cases.


Ethics Resource Center

Ethics Resource Center

We are proud to offer the highest-quality ethics courses for all accounting and business professionals. These resources will help you navigate ethical dilemmas and double-check your actions against the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Code of Professional Conduct and other standards.


Partner with us

Save time developing your own content by hosting our course on your platform. Purchase Essential Ethics content and we'll package it for you unbranded.

We also offer discounts for groups who prefer to take a course together!

Essential Ethics partners

Alabama Society of CPAs

California Society of CPAs
Idaho Society of CPAs
Illinois CPA Society

Kentucky Society of CPAs
Society of Louisiana CPAs
Minnesota Society of CPAs

Oregon Society of CPAs
Washington Society of CPAs

For more information, to purchase a course, or to bring these offerings to your organization, please contact VSCPA Senior Director, Learning, Linda Newsom-McCurdy, CAE, CMP, at [email protected] or (804) 612-9421.