What is NSAC's Cooperative Learning Network?
A NSAC Cooperative Learning Network is a live, interactive 60-minute conference presented over the telephone and over the Internet. You can attend from any location that has telephone and Internet access. You pay just one registration fee for as many participants as you wish at each call/log-in location.

Note that high-speed Internet access is not mandatory – the system works with dial-up but you must have separate connections for the audio and video portions. You may use cell phones for the audio if you have only one connection.

Who presents at one of these sessions?
Your Cooperative Learning Network will have one or more speakers who are recognized experts on the topic. Conferences typically include a Q&A session; you can ask questions by phone or instant messaging options.

CPE Credits
The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live.

CLN Policies
Refunds for CLNs are not provided. Registrants if unable to participate will be provided credit for a future CLN or may opt to be sent a copy of the CLN PODCast following the event. Note PODCasts are not eligible for CPE credit.

For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or CLN cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (937) 222-6707 or info@nsacoop.org.

What does my registration include?
Your registration includes long-distance charges for the audio portion and log-in to the video presentation. All handouts and presentation files are downloadable and may be printed out or saved to the participant's computer once they are logged in to the session meeting room. Sessions include one CPE Certificate of Attendance. Certificates for additional participants are $10.00 each.

Why NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks?

No wasted time. Get right to the heart of the matter in a 60-minute session designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.

No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office. Listen and follow along from the comfort and convenience of your desk or conference room.

A telephone and computer are all the equipment you need. Just dial in and log-in to the system. That's it.

Ideal for multiple attendees.
Use a speakerphone and projector and invite as many people as you want to participate - at no extra cost to you.

NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks are a fraction of the cost of travel and attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars.

Cooperative Learning Network

NSAC provides accounting, tax and business education uniquely tailored to cooperatives. In addition to Accounting and Auditing Seminars presented by the chapters and technical sessions offered at NSAC's annual meeting and at chapter meetings, NSAC presents group-live teleconference training opportunities which qualify for CPE credit. These seminars allow participants to remain in their offices and to eliminate the cost of travel time, thus allowing every NSAC member to attend. They are also open to non-NSAC members at a different price.

This year we will offer seminars on the following topics. Additional seminars may be added. Watch the website for details.

In the past we have offered the following seminars:
PODCast archives are available for ordering. Click on an item for details.

All sessions will last one hour and will start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 10:00 a.m. CT / 9:00 a.m. MT / 8:00 a.m. PT. A separate Internet connection and telephone line will be required. The workshops will be interactive with participants able to speak to the instructor or each other. These classes are eligible for 1 CPE credit hour per session. There is no advance preparation or prerequisites necessary for any session offered unless specified within that particular topic.

Upcoming Workshops

Current Cooperative Tax Developments
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EST / 10:00 AM CST / 09:00 AM MST / 08:00 AM PST
Presenter(s): George Benson, Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Objective: The focus on the 1 hour presentation will be on federal income tax developments relevant to cooperatives.
Field of Study: Taxes
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.


Broadband Tax Considerations for the Exempt Electric Cooperative (LIVE REPEAT)
Date: Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST / 11:00 AM MST / 10:00 AM PST
Presenter(s): Bill Miller, CPA - Tax Partner, Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss, LLP; Ty Thompson, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Director and Member Legal Services; NRECA
Objective: Join us for this one and a half (1.5) hour session, as the panelists will discuss the federal income tax issues a cooperative should consider for structuring and operating as a broadband service provider.
This CLN is brought to you by NSAC and the Electric Chapter (ECC) along with the ECBA and the NRECA
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.


Book vs Tax vs Hybrid Basis of Paying Patronage
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 02:00 PM EST / 01:00 PM CST / 12:00 PM MST / 11:00 AM PST
Presenter(s): Teresa (Teree) Castanias, Accountant - Tax ; Teresa Castanias CPA
Objective: This one (1) hour session will focus on the issues surrounding how a cooperative computes its patronage dividend.
Field of Study: Taxes
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.


Fraud Risk Management for Cooperatives
Date: Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EST / 10:00 AM CST / 09:00 AM MST / 08:00 AM PST
Presenter(s): Nick Mueting, CPA, CFE, Shareholder; Lindburg Vogel Piece Faris, Chtd
Objective: in this one (1) hour session you will learn about a multitude of risk that Cooperatives face everyday and the how to manage the success during the hard times.
Field of Study: Accounting
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.


Basic A&A Seminar
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EST / 10:00 AM CST / 09:00 AM MST / 08:00 AM PST
Presenter(s): Phil Miller, NSAC Assistant Director of Education and Don Frederick, Retired
Objective: This 4-hour, 4-CPE credit course, is designed for new hires and other employees of cooperatives and firms serving cooperatives that can benefit from training in the unique nature of cooperatives.
Field of Study: Accounting, Auditing and Taxes
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 4 Credit Hour

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.


Additional Information

For additional information about this series, contact the NSAC National Office at info@nsacoop.org or (937) 222-6707.

Cooporative Learning Network Testimonials

"Thank you very much for the presentation. We found it informative as well as practical. We had a variety of experience levels attend, and we received nothing but positive comments. We hope to participate in future broadcasts." - GreyStone Power

"The Sunkist group that participated in "Intro to Coops" distance learning session thought it was very worthwhile. In fact, one commented that it was too short given the subject, and felt that these sessions should be two hours rather than one." - Vice President of Finance, Sunkist Growers, Inc.

"Thanks, this was very informative and well done."   - Administrative Assistant, CoBank

"The session provided a good introduction to cooperatives for our junior staff and even some of the long-timers learned a thing or two! " - Farm Credit Administration

"The workshops are very beneficial to me. As a CPA, this helps meet part of the requirement for CPE. I always feel like travel time is so unproductive. This eliminates that by being able to work in the office right up until the time of the workshop. I enjoyed the workshop yesterday. I work for a rural electric cooperative, and it was informative to see the broad scope of cooperatives. The setup was very easy to use. I have used this type training before, but on the audio portion we were not able to talk or ask questions except through the chat section. I like your way better, because it is almost like being there. Thank you for setting up this type training. I plan on using it again in the future." - Vice-President, Accounting, People's Electric Cooperative

"We were pleased with the seminar. " - Vice President, Systems & Controls, Staple Cotton Cooperative Assn.

"I sat in on the presentation. Very impressive! Our whole group gave it very favorable comments." - Chief Financial Officer, AL Farmers Cooperative, Inc.                                                 

"I thought that the web cast on ‘The New Fraud Standards’ was very good and informative. Jeff did an excellent job. Thank you." - New Hampshire Electric Cooperative