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Whether you’re a CPA, State Society representative, faculty member, university administrator, career counselor or student presenter, the AICPA has created materials to aid your presentations and initiatives.

Resources for Student Engagement

Accounting Opportunities Week

Accounting Opportunities Week is a collaboration between state CPA societies and the AICPA to raise awareness of accounting career opportunities among high school students. The resources below are for CPAs to use when presenting to high school students.

If you're presenting to high school students during Accounting Opportunities Week, let us know by completing this brief survey.

PowerPoint Presentation
Optional Activities

On - Demand Presentation

Volunteer Training
The following resources are available to aid you in preparing for your presentation. Allen Lloyd, Executive Director at the Montana Society of CPAs, will share how, as CPAs, your stories can help fill, or empty, the pipeline. Additional presenter resources, including talking points and tips, can be found below.

Your Stories: How they can help fill or empty the talent pipeline
Presenter Tips
Volunteer Talking Points

Additional Resources for Year-Round Student Engagement

Planning on talking to middle school, high school or college students—or even CPA Exam candidates? The AICPA has created materials to help make your engagement opportunities a success.

These materials were created using best practices along with AICPA research about various student audiences. The presentation guide, slides, videos and awareness collateral were designed to help state societies, CPAs and other professionals engage with future accounting professionals.

Student Toolkit Resources

For Universities: Additional Resources

One way to establish an ongoing dialogue between academe and practice is for academic accounting departments or schools to create an accounting advisory council (AAC). The AICPA Accounting Advisory Council Toolkit provides guidelines and best practices to use in building your council of advisors.

Accounting Advisory Council Toolkit

The resources, training opportunities and networking events hosted by career centers help students find work in their field after graduation. Accounting firms and organizations often work directly with career center staff to advertise open positions and arrange internship opportunities. This toolkit provides best practices that campus career service centers and accounting firms and organizations can use together to ensure that students are well-equipped professionally.

University Career Services and Accounting Partnerships

State Society Toolkit to Help Universities use a DHS approved STEM CIP code for Accounting Program(s)

Has the accounting curriculum changed at universities in your state over the years? Do the accounting and other required courses for accounting degrees at these universities incorporate technology to prepare students to meet the needs of American businesses? If so, their accounting curriculums may qualify for STEM designation.

AICPA created a toolkit for state CPA societies and others to work with schools to change their Classification of Instruction Programs (CIP) code to obtain STEM recognition. These resources are being made available to schools, too, and we encourage colleges and universities to connect with their state CPA society to share resources and ideas.

Click here to access these resources.

For Firms: CPA Culture of Support Toolkit

Your firm has the power to inspire Uniform CPA Examination success! Work environment can be a significant influencer for CPA candidates in their pursuit. A firm culture of motivation, support and recognition can be just what staff needs to prepare for and conquer the Exam.

Find tools that both your firm and your candidates can use to encourage Exam success.

For CPA firms who want to improve their culture to attract young CPAs

Building your Firm's CPA Culture

For CPA firms to support CPA Exam Candidates

8 Strategies for CPA Exam Success

CPA Exam Study Group Guide: Make Learning a Team Sport

Building your CPA Liaison Program

Support Candidates on the CPA Exam Journey

CPA Culture Exam Candidate Tracker


Accounting Advisory Councils (AAC): A toolkit for CPA firms

Supporting Diversity in the Profession

The difference between an ally and an advocate comes down to action. Use this toolkit to facilitate an environment for discussions and actions that will help advance LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.

LGBTQ+ inclusion in action toolkit – How to advance from idle to ally to advocate