How do I register myself for a Webcast?
Once you’ve selected a webcast, click on the event link and then click “add to cart.”
If you are a first-time Education Foundation or CalCPA customer, you will be asked to create an account. If you are a CalCPA member or have purchased from the Education Foundation in the past, simply sign in to the secure area with your username and password.
Two or more participants at the same location may view the webcast through one internet connection (e.g., through a projector in a conference room). Group participants may not log into the webcast individually. Discounts are available to group registrants paying a full standard rate—group discounts do not apply to VP, coupon or elearning pass users.
How do I register a group?
Once you’ve selected a webcast, click on the event link and then click “add to cart.” Next, click “Add Registrants” to add members of your firm to your purchase. The group discount will automatically be applied to registrants paying a full standard rate. Please note that individuals registered as part of a group should NOT log into the webcast individually on the day of the event. This can result in the loss of your group discount. Only the group leader should log into the webcast.
Will you contact me prior to the event?
How do I get the materials associated with a webcast?
Four days prior to the event, you will receive a confirmation email (from CalCPA Event Confirmation or email@example.com) with details on how to login to the webcast and download any materials (not all webcasts have ancillary materials).
How do I view the webcast?
Twenty minutes prior to the webcast, visit www.calcpa.org/WebcastLogin and login using your calcpa.org login. All webcasts in which you have registered for are listed here. Simply click the webcast scheduled for today.
How do I ensure I receive full CPE credit for the webcast?
CPE is offered for most Education Foundation webcasts.
The California Board of Accountancy requires two randomly timed attendance verifiers per half hour. Twice every half hour, you will be required to respond to an attendance question that will appear on your screen. The attendance question will appear on your screen for only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. You must respond to 75 percent of the attendance questions to receive full credit (it's OK if you miss a few attendance checks, but you must be in attendance for the entire course to receive full credit.).
If viewing the webcast as part of a group, one group member is required to answer the attendance questions on behalf of all group members. The attendance of group members is verified and documented by the group attendance form (accessible on the Group Tab).
How do I improve the sound quality of the webcast?
VoIP (Voice over IP, i.e., listening to the webcast through your computer’s sound system) is the primary means by which audio is delivered to webcast attendees, but for your system to be fast enough to accommodate VoIP, you should have access to a high-speed internet connection (preferably a wired, as opposed to wireless, connection). Please note that there can be issues with VoIP even with high-speed internet, if you are viewing the webcast over a connection that is shared by many other users. Check with your IT provider about how to get more bandwidth to your computer if necessary.
While some connections can accommodate multiple programs running simultaneously, for best VoIP results, close all programs competing for bandwidth. These can compromise the sound and picture quality and include browser windows, e-mail applications, instant messaging and other communication programs like MSN Messenger and Skype.
If the audio becomes choppy at any time during the webcast, refresh your browser. This will clear up most audio issues. Instructions will be posted during the webcast if audio issues persist.
Yes. During an 8-hour webcast there is typically a short (10-minute) break in the morning, a one-hour (or half-hour, depending on the location) lunch break (around noon) and a short break in the afternoon.
How do I ask questions to the instructor?
Submit your question on the Q&A tab located at the top of the screen. We make every effort to address all questions asked, either by passing it on to the instructor in writing or by voicing the question on the attendee’s behalf. However, the number of questions asked and time constraints sometimes prevent us from answering them all.
How do I submit my feedback?
All webcast registrants will receive an evaluation email once the webcast is finished. Click on the link in the evaluation email, and fill out the form for your feedback to be submitted.
Are webcasts archived?
Customers who attend a webcast post Oct. 19, 2012 will have access to an archive for one year fromt he date of the recording at "My Online Education."
In addition, some Education Foundation webcasts are recorded and available for purchase. Because attendance cannot be verified, there is no CPE available for viewing a recorded webcast. However, many recorded webcasts are also converted into online self-study.