Practical PD offers popular live webinars, live seminars and conference sessions and Self-Study Video courses that over 14,000 have signed up for. The sessions are offered directly as well as through partners, usually professional accounting bodies. The are geared toward all types of accountants, but particularly controllers, CFOs, directors of finance, treasurers and accounting managers, as well as accountants in public practice who advise clients. The tips and topics are also useful for financial leaders from large corporations, owner-managed businesses, Not-For-Profit organizations, public accountants and those in the public sector.

In Practical PD courses you will learn practical, relevant tips you’ll apply directly in your job. Practical PD provides nitty-gritty tips that a veteran accountant has learned from experience. They will help you report key business indicators, get the most from your bank, minimize costs, navigate ethical dilemmas, manage staff, relate to colleagues and more. Attendees appreciate our innovative approach. We steer away from generalities, instead, we emphasize useful, specific tips. Accountants are interested in payback.  We believe all our courses should eventually pay back much more than the course cost, with real cash savings, in addition to many less measurable benefits.  Expect the unexpected in our courses: tips, slide surprises, jokes and prizes, awarded in unusual ways.


Our courses qualify for professional development (CPD or CPE) hours or credits for professional accounting designations. You’ll find our real-world approach engaging, thought-provoking and fun.  All courses were created and are presented by Stephen Priddle, CPA, CMA, CA, who is an active CFO.  

What participants say about Practical PD seminars:

  • Thank you for the training yesterday. I have been looking for years for a course that would provide “street smart” advice that can be easily put in application

  • Best instructor ever! Felt energized throughout the whole seminar. Spent two hours after the seminar writing down action plans

  • Steve did an excellent job given that this was delivered via Zoom; he kept us engaged which is very difficult to do

  • Very good and much better that I was expecting, the description on the CPA website, doesn’t do the course justice

  • Exceptional content, exceptional delivery, great dynamic presentation A+

  • Great opportunity to hear how to become a good CFO

  • Great back and forths between participants and lecturer

  • Usually PD seminars are dull - this lecturer was a refreshing change and stimulates interest

  • It by far exceeded my expectations and provided a great deal of very useful information that I think will be benefit me throughout my career

  • Like all round approach – HR, financial, etc.

  • Good stories, good use of projector, good humour, very good instructor, kept the course fun and entertaining

  • Practical across different industries and the real world examples were appealing

  • Interesting business discussions; humorous anecdotes



Practical PD believes all its seminars qualify for CPD/CPE hours for all professional accounting designations.


Self-study courses

All of Practical PD's courses are available in in the Self-Study video format via Vimeo, and include all the course material and a quiz where required by your professional body.  They include highlights from past live discussions, polls and surveys, as well as some extra content not in the the webinar or in-class versions.  Just click on the course list above to go to individual courses.

Up-coming live sessions

All sessions are webinars. Until further notice, neither Practical PD, or its partners and customers have any in-class sessions scheduled.  We all hope to resume them when possible.

June 22- 2021 Webinar - Practical Work Solutions from Case Discussions (1 PM Eastern)

July 22 - 2021 Webinar - Practical Works Smarts for All (1 PM Eastern)

October 24- 2021 Webinar - Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs - The Case Course

October 26 - 2021 Webinar - Ten Practical Topics for Financial Leaders (AM)

October 26, 2021 Webinar - Practical Brainstorming - Top Ten Trouble Spots & Other Useful Topics for Financial Leaders (AM)

October 26, 2021 Webinar - Practical Financial Negotiation Tips (PM)

October 27 - 2021 Webinar - Practical Tips to Get Through a Cash Crisis (1 PM Eastern)

October 29 - 2021 Webinar - Practical TIps for Government Accountants

November 24 - 2021 Webinar - Practical Tips for Not-For-Profit Financial Leaders


Practical PD offers its own seminars directly, or through clients, such  as professional accounting bodies in Canada, the US and elsewhere, as well as businesses and other professional organizations. Generally, membership is required for favourable pricing.  You can find them by checking your professional body’s website, or ask us -



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