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Self-study course

The Self-Study course consists of an 8 hour video accessed via Vimeo for 60 days and the course material.  It costs $249 Canadian plus applicable taxes (taxes charged to Canadian customers only).  It is 40% cheaper with our Passport. To purchase this package click here For international customers, approximately one US dollar will purchase approximately $1.20 Canadian on a credit card.  

There is an optional quiz for accountants whose body requires one to obtain verifiable or structured CPD hours.  Upon successful completion of the short quiz included with the course material, your CPD Certificate will be provided. If you have any questions, please email  

Up-coming live sessions

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Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs  webinar - Aug 21, 2024 with CPA BC

Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs

Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs is a practical course that provides more than 400 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 text books, but you’ll be able to use many of them. Share experiences and practices with other participants. Bench-mark some of your practices with those of your peers. This course “grows” continuously with new tips from past participants.  Over 11,000 accountants have taken Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs.  Participants will also want to attend the companion course, Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs - The Case Course.  

See here for video extracts of the course.


This course contains one hour of verifiable ethics content for those Canadian provinces which have specific ethics PD requirements. More than 95% of the course content applies outside Canada, so it is of interest to accountants from anywhere in the world.

What you’ll learn

  • A different take on key indicator reporting

  • Getting the most out of your bank

  • Useful technology tips 

  • M&A: the good, the bad and the ugly

  • More creative thinking for accountants

  • The fast close

  • Straight talk on ethics

  • Auditors & lawyers: working better together

  • And more

Who will benefit

Controllers, CFOs, directors of finance, treasurers and accounting managers (or their advisors) in small to medium-sized companies: you will gain practical tips for your daily work. Accountants from large companies, government and not-for-profits also find the course useful. In addition, it is helpful for people moving toward these roles.

Course feedback


  • 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

  • I took your course because I needed hours on ethics subjects telling myself It will certainly be boring. I was surprised to see that 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 cause he have been hands on during several years as you shown on your course. University prof approach is often not realistic as people like you with experience on the ground. It was really great for me also cause I am moving to a new job in 1 week and I took a lot of notes to structure myself in order to do the best job I can. I'm looking to have natural reflexes as you have to be a better asset for the people who hire me.

  • 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 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 and will definitely be an attendee to a future seminar or webinar of yours

  • I wish I knew some of these tips before, e.g. conversion tips, and I would probably implement others, like a monthly one-page dashboard.

  • Steve - thanks enjoyed your webinar. I liked the presentation format and content, appreciated the stories, the humour and periodic checks to ensure engagement

  • Good setup for the presentation

  • Great tips (including personal ones!) that anyone can use to increase productivity

  • The examples / past experiences of Stephen makes the tips even more relevant

  • I find it very interesting and not the typical CPA online course!

  • I have completed the course.  It was very interesting and thought provoking. 

  • 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.  There are several tips that I will put into practice.

  • Thank you for providing so many practical tips! It’s fun to learn through lots of stories!

  • Enjoyed the presentation style which was different to what is normally seen in such course, made it more interesting / focused

  • Learned new useful tips that I will be able to implement in my current work environment and new things to ask if/when I decide to change position for a new company, things I would not have thought to ask before this course

  • Lots of real examples which always makes a course more realistic/tangible

  • I finished watching the video.  I really liked this course, thank you very much.

  • Continue you good job, simple and true with no overrated self-esteem as I like!


  • I liked the effort Stephen placed on engaging the attendees, which is difficult in a webinar setting.

  • I'd definitely recommend Stephen as an instructor. He was able to communicate animately about some business concepts that frankly, could be quite dry.

  • Mr. Priddle was a master presenter. Fast paced, full of energy, relevant examples and humorous. Truly excellent.

  • Stephen Priddle knows his stuff! He is fun, funny and keeps the content interesting. He is a guy I would love to take for coffee and just listen to all of his stories and insight!

  • I really enjoyed your course. I am a seasoned CFO, but I still learned a few things from your course.

  • The class was entertaining and informative.

  • Stephen has great examples and makes it easy to follow

  • I liked the tips on researching company when looking for a job and ways of gauging their ethics

  • Liked some of the stats he shared

  • Presenter kept us engaged. lots of passion. Funny and good use of zoom technology

  • Excellent speaker. Breakout rooms worked great.


  • He was engaging and entertaining

  • Instructor was excellent.

  • Stephen is very personable. Has great energy.

  • Amazing content from someone who has lived it!

  • The best presented online course I have taken in Online Covid environment

  • Stephen is very engaging and passionate.

  • There are literally too many useful takeaways to list! This was a very well developed course!

  • The instructor was good and kept us engaged.

  • Suggestion to use one page financial dashboard. Great idea that I've already implemented.

  • Stories were relevant and entertaining.

  • Steven was very animated and presented the course with useful, interesting business cases and

  • shared valuable personal experiences.

  • I like the prizes - Stephen was much better than the usual stuffy PD instructors.

  • a) A number of useful tips. e.g. negotiating with 3rd party consultants and attorneys. b) Very good

  • ethics section.

  • Top notch. Best online course presentation I have been to.

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

  • I really enjoyed the course yesterday!

  • You are a great speaker / entertainer!

  • I really enjoyed the course, especially your personal references


  • Stephen is great at teaching practical tips for controllers and CFOs. This course is tailored to basically any company, large or small

  • Several “light bulb” moments (both new and reminders)

  • Your seminars are always awesome and I’ve taken your Controller course twice already

  • It is appealing in that it’s based on actual CFO experience

  • Stephen's style of presentation and ability to keep my interest is not common amongst presenters.

  • Excellent use of examples to illustrate content/drive relevant points

  • Fast paced but not hurried

  • Totally practical and Steve made the course interesting

  • Instructor has broad, diverse experiences

  • I liked the energy of the “course presenter” and his ability to interject personal experiences into the course

  • Real world examples enhance the content/material

  • Wide ranging, goes into non-financial areas I didn’t expect it to go into that were very useful

  • Course presenter’s style (clarity, examples, humour)

  • Totally practical and Steve made the course interesting

  • Enjoyed the jokes and stories

  • My Controller and I really enjoyed your humour and the course you gave

  • I liked the sharing of knowledge of unconventional tips, and practical ones as well

  • I found the sharing of ideas with your peers to get fresh ideas appealing

  • Great opportunity to hear how to become a good CFO

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

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