This course provides an overview of identifying and preventing discreditable acts in accordance with the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. This includes a discussion of the significance of ethics in the CPA profession as well as examples of discreditable acts that CPAs may commit. This course also includes certain discussions and best practices for how these discreditable acts can be avoided.

It is recommended to take Other Segments of Ethics courses by Kelen Camehl.
Ethics - Identifying & Managing Conflicts of Interest (Text Based Course)
Ethics - Identifying & Preventing Discreditable Acts (Text Based Course)
Ethics - Mastering the Conceptual Framework Process (Text Based Course)
Ethics – Protecting Confidential Client Information (Text Based Course)
Ethics - Handbook for CPAs (Text Based Course)

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the significance of ethics in the CPA profession.
  • Recognize examples of discreditable acts and how to avoid them.
  • Identify situations where disclosure of CPA exam material would be a discreditable act.
  • Recognize ethical requirements for tax returns for yourself and others.
  • Identify ethical requirements related to confidential information.
  • Recognize best practices for preventing discreditable acts.
Last updated/reviewed: March 11, 2024
1 Review (3 ratings)


Anonymous Author
I liked the variety of scenarios in this course. Good reminders of why ethics exist.

Course Complexity: Foundational
No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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