Ethical Issues for Accountants

Online Course on Ethical Issues for AccountantsEthical Issues for Accountants Online CPD Training Course

How confident are you that you always understand the appropriate, professional course of action in difficult and ambiguous situations?

Ethics, integrity and sound professional conduct are essential qualities for chartered accountants. Professional bodies have codes to guide their members – but what impact does this have on the day-to-day decisions that you are faced with?

This new peer-enriched learning course, Ethical Issues for Accountants, tackles the subject head on. The course features 28 true-to-life case studies of ethical dilemmas which encourage learners to delve into the complexities and stimulate debate. Taking viewpoints of accountants at various stages in their career, it explores issues from professional practice, family business, audit, tax and professional relationships.

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Based on research carried out by David Molyneaux, and sponsored by ICAS, this course takes a case study approach, with realistic scenarios exploring the issues from professional practice, family business, audit and tax, and general professional relationships.

Ethical Issues for Accountants is a peer-enriched learning course. Peer-enriched learning courses stimulate intelligent dialogue and debate and provide a valuable and evolving resource of professional knowledge and experience. These courses are topical, practical and highly relevant to today’s changing market.

Each module is split into two activities: Understanding the issues and Putting it into practice. The first encourages learners to think about a topic, drawing on their own professional experience and knowledge. The second helps learners to put ideas and/or theories into practice as part of their day-to-day work.


Rating:5 Stars for online course 100% of learners thought this course met their CPD needs
Lots of different cases form many structures which could apply over a big base of my clients.”
“It was interesting in that it was provocative and made you think about the dilemmas (sic) involved.”
“The course gave realistic examples that could be encountered in work situations.”

“I enjoyed the challenge of reflecting on my real experience, how I reacted then, and how I would react now with experience.”

“It gave the opportunity to have open discussion about some relevant ethical issues faced by Accountants.”

“I wanted an introduction to this area, but was delighted to discover that there was more depth than I had anticipated.”

“The course is a reminder that in my professional life, it is always worthwhile to stop and reflect on the ethical issues involved in professional relationships.”

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Topics for Ethical Issues for Accountants

Professional firm/general practice

  • Billing for Ernest’s cover up
  • The weekend expenses claim
  • A student’s insights
  • Temptation at the tender
  • Partnership problems
  • The disaster waiting to happen

Ethical issues for accts - professional firm

Family business

  • When cash is king
  • The directors’ unofficial loan account
  • Unhealthy foods

Ethical issues for accts - family business


  • Interim results
  • Foreign corrupt practices
  • Poor charity!
  • Obligations to disclose

Ethical issues for accts - audit

Tax practice

  • Can ‘withholding tax’ be recovered?
  • Should the social security be repaid?
  • The unwelcome phone call

Ethical issues for accts - tax practice

Professional relationships

  • An alleged intimate relationship
  • A fellow partner’s alcohol problem
  • Reasonable encouragement or devious deception?
  • A personal reference
  • How much should money matter?

Ethical issues for accts - professional relationships

Target audience for Ethical Issues for Accountants

This course includes case studies that are relevant to accountants at all stages of their careers – whether newly qualified or more senior experienced professionals.

About the Author of Dealing with Ethical Issues

David Molyneaux
David Molyneaux completed a PhD on ethical issues and their management and subsequently worked with the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and with the Judicial Studies Committee to raise awareness of the challenges of professional ethics.

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