About this course

This course provides more than 200 tips to help you at work.

As a finance leader, you are expected to be able to deal with a myriad of issues and situations. You have your experience and what you learned from colleagues and mentors, but this course will provide you with many more veteran tips, including many unconventional ones. You won’t find these tips in most courses or textbooks, but you’ll be able to use many of them. Over 9,000 accountants have taken the course, so you don’t want to fall behind them.

This is Part 1 of the two-part course.

The following professionals will benefit from this course: Controllers, CFOs, directors of finance, treasurers, and accounting managers. In addition, it is helpful for people moving toward these roles. Consultants and public accountants have historically been 10-15% of the audience and also enjoy it.


• Straight talk on ethics in the real world
• Improve the insight provided by your financial reporting
• The finance headcount benchmark revealed
• More creative thinking for accountants – get outside the box
• A different angle on the role of finance
• Cost-cutting tips
• The finance headcount benchmark revealed


• I can tell you this is the most interesting course I have followed on the CPA portal,… and I have roughly 30 years of experience. You have very good communication skills and you have a bright sense of humour
• You were covering pretty much all a controller or CFO have to know do to a good job. It is always inspiring to see a real CFO telling real tips to cause he have been hands on during several years as you shown on your course
• I really appreciated the concrete examples, it is easier to relate to. I also appreciated the jokes.
• I found it very refreshing to have some insights on how I could improve my "game". A lot of topics you bring up are aspects of our daily life at work but are not thought of at university or CPA program.
• I've enjoyed the delivery speed of your course and it kept my attention all the way through. I liked your hands-on and concrete approach
• I wish I knew some of these tips before, e.g. conversion tips, and I would probably implement others, like a one-page dashboard.
• I find it very interesting and not the typical CPA online course!
• I like how it's different and feels like it's more practical for day-to-day work, especially as an entrepreneur.
• Topics I particularly enjoyed: Ethics and integrity, banking
• The mix of tips with actual life experiences made the course enjoyable.
• Thank you for providing so many practical tips! It’s fun to learn through lots of stories!

What you will learn?
Become more creative – get outside the box
Hear straight talk on ethics in the real world
Getting the most out of your bank
Learn about a different angle on the role of finance
Obtain the finance headcount benchmark
Get cost-cutting tips
Improve the insight provided by your financial reporting
Skills Covered
4 hours on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Intermediate level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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6 Video
4 hours
Section 1. Introduction, the finance headcount benchmark - where do you stand & ethics Part 1 (course PDF Handout)-Part1
Section 1 Video
41m 58s
Section 2. Ethics Part 2 and outside the box thinking-Part1
Section 2 Video
47m 9s
Section 3. Outside the box thinking continued-Part1
Section 3 video
42m 22s
Section 4. Finance leadership, a different take on the finance role, and banking, Part 1-Part1
Section 4 Video
44m 39s
Section 5. Banking, Part 2 and financial reporting tips-Part1
Section 5 video
41m 20s
Section 6. Cost-saving, offshoring, working with clerks-Part1
Section 6 video
32m 6s
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Stephen Priddle, CPA, CA, CMA is the President and Founder of Practical PD. Stephen's current occupation is the Vice-President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the SureWx Inc. group of companies (Canada, USA, UK, Netherlands) SureWx is a global aviation business, an industry leader in the area of assisting airlines optimizing winter operations. Although he enjoys speaking, he only wants to do it on the side, he likes his real world job. An engaging and experienced seminar leader, Stephen Priddle weaves practical tips together with stories from his business experience and input from participants. Seasoning the mix with a dose of accounting humour, he serves up useful and dynamic seminars. When speaking, he is candid about errors he has made in his career and the lessons that can be learned from them. Someone said: “humans are hard-wired to learn from stories” – Stephen is in part a business/accounting story teller, who draws out the lessons from the stories. Stephen’s teaching experience includes presenting accounting seminars for over 40 accounting bodies and organizations in Canada and abroad. He is a Session Leader in the new CPA Professional Education Program, and has taught at the University of Toronto and Carleton University. He has moderated in the legacy Canadian CMA Strategic Leadership Program, and taught in the CA program and the CGA program. Stephen is a prolific author. His published business, accounting and finance cases are used by many organizations. Stephen has over 35 years of varied business experience. After working with KPMG for five years, he moved into industry, where he has worked for public and private companies. He has gained a wide range of experience in financial reporting, treasury management, merger & acquisition and other business matters. Through his seminars, he interacts with hundreds of financial leaders a year and thus stays on the leading edge in terms of best practices and hot topics. He advises a number of businesses and sits on the Board of SureWx Inc. He sat on the Advisory Board of Valydate Corporation until its 2017 acquisition by Mentor Graphics, a Siemens company. Stephen obtained his CPA, CA and CMA designations following graduation from Carleton University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, accounting major.