Practical PD offers popular courses as self-study videos, webinars, and in-person seminars and conference sessions that nearly 15,000 have taken. The sessions are offered directly as well as through partners, usually professional accounting bodies. They 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 courses:


  • It is not easy to keep one’s attention for a 7 hour webinar – but you did it

  • Interesting and kept us alert … much better than a regular presenter

  • I just found the course very engaging and it was my first zoom online course (took the course live before)

  • You have done a great job of adapting to the new reality of distance learning! 

  • Very good, just the right length, great instructor as I never lost interest and the delivery was engaging. Great! and I want to follow other courses by you!!!

  • Thank you so much for a wonderful webinar. You made it enjoyable and fun to watch.

  • I am very glad I attended, you were by far the BEST teacher, engaging and dynamic throughout

  • I wasn’t sure how an 8 hour course would go on Zoom but I was quite impressed with how well it went.  There were exchanges and questions, very good.

  • Kept our interest for the whole time

  • Yes I found it very informative. All day webinar long, but it was a great seminar. 

  • I would like to thank you for making the presentation engaging and entertaining. As I know you are aware, these seminars can be pretty long and dry, which is why bringing some fun and humour to the day was a pleasant surprise


  • I completed viewing the course.  Great presentation and very informative.  The course material and presentation exceeded my expectations and give a rating of 10+.  I highly recommend this course to all CPA’s

  • I've followed a few other webinars offered by CPA and yours definitely stood out.

  • 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 at university or CPA program. 

  • You are a great speaker / entertainer!

  • The course is packed with a lot of practical tips (and funny jokes about lawyers) that I am sure will become helpful during my career. 

  • I like your setup, having the slides take a big part of the screen, and your image in the corner, works great. I like your style, with the humour & all, keeps it fun


  • 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

  • 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 videos

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.

Click on the webinars below for more information. To register, use the link in the course page after clicking on the date below, or go direct to Register/Buy at the top of this Home page.

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

November 25 - 2021 Webinar - Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs

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

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

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

January 27 - 2022 Webinar - Practical Tips for Government Accountants

February 22 - 2022 Webinar - Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs - The Case Course

March 3 - 2022 Webinar - Practical Tips to Get Through a Cash Crisis (1 PM Eastern)

March 3 - 2022 Webinar - Practical Work Solutions from Cases (10 AM Eastern)

​March 4 - 2022 Webinar - Practical Works Smarts for All (1 PM Eastern)


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 - contact@practicalpd.com