Information and resources regarding COVID-19

The health and safety of our Becker Professional Education community – students, colleagues, faculty and the areas we live – are of paramount importance to us. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely and like you, we are seeing the impact of this virus on people, organizations and communities around the world.

During this evolving health situation, Becker is taking precautions to lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and do our part to curb the spread of the virus. Our team will continue to update this site as new or updated coronavirus resources are made available. It will also include information on COVID-19 courses and COVID-19 webinars provided by Becker Continuing Professional Education (CPE). Additional notifications may be shared with our colleague and student communities via other communication channels, such as our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as email.

Recommended Reading

The following articles include information resources about COVID-19, especially as it relates to your business. Each resource was written by Becker instructors, experts in the accounting industry.

Business legal document concept : Pen and glasses on a lease agreement form. Lease agreement is a contract between a lessor and a lessee that allow lessee rights to use of a property owned by lessor
CPE

Accounting for lease concessions due to COVID-19

by Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

May 2020

Accounting for lease concessions due to COVID-19

by Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

May 2020

Accounting for lease concessions due to COVID-19

by Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

May 2020

Internal Revenue Service background image
CPE

IRS and COVID-19: Big changes to compliance programs

by Tara Fisher

May 2020

IRS and COVID-19: Big changes to compliance programs

by Tara Fisher

May 2020

IRS and COVID-19: Big changes to compliance programs

by Tara Fisher

May 2020

Two female managing directors discussing ideas of project on digital tablet while walking down in office hall, confident women working on touch pad while going to the conference room
CPE

Employee benefit plan concerns related to COVID-19

By Melissa Critcher, CPA

April 2020

Employee benefit plan concerns related to COVID-19

By Melissa Critcher, CPA

April 2020

Employee benefit plan concerns related to COVID-19

By Melissa Critcher, CPA

April 2020

Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court
CPE

COVID-19 tax law changes

By John Stevko

April 2020

COVID-19 tax law changes

By John Stevko

April 2020

COVID-19 tax law changes

By John Stevko

April 2020

Business team analyzing income charts and graphs with modern laptop computer.
CPE

Coronavirus tax extensions: what you need to know

By Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

April 2020

Coronavirus tax extensions: what you need to know

By Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

April 2020

Coronavirus tax extensions: what you need to know

By Jennifer F. Louis, CPA

April 2020

Classroom with desks and chairs, computer monitors.
CPA

COVID-19 impact on the CPA exam, plus CPA study advice

By Hannah Kohut

March 2020

COVID-19 impact on the CPA exam, plus CPA study advice

By Hannah Kohut

March 2020

COVID-19 impact on the CPA exam, plus CPA study advice

By Hannah Kohut

March 2020

 

COVID-19 courses and webinars

The following COVID-19 courses and COVID-19 webinars provide information on the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. These courses and webinars are for CPE credit.

Becker Coronavirus (COVID-19) Essentials

Becker Coronavirus (COVID-19) Essentials

Becker Coronavirus (COVID-19) Essentials

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Coronavirus (COVID-19): the section 163(j) business interest expense

Coronavirus (COVID-19): the section 163(j) business interest expense

Coronavirus (COVID-19): the section 163(j) business interest expense

The COVID-19 Impact on Leases

The COVID-19 Impact on Leases

The COVID-19 Impact on Leases

Financial reporting challenges - Q1 2020 with coronavirus (COVID-19) impact

Financial reporting challenges - Q1 2020 with coronavirus (COVID-19) impact

Financial reporting challenges - Q1 2020 with coronavirus (COVID-19) impact

Insights on the Business and Accounting Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Insights on the Business and Accounting Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Insights on the Business and Accounting Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Pass Through Entity Update Q1 2020 with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

Pass Through Entity Update Q1 2020 with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

Pass Through Entity Update Q1 2020 with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

Pass-through Entity Tax Update Q2 2020 with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

Pass-through Entity Tax Update Q2 2020 with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

Pass-through Entity Tax Update Q2 2020 with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

SEC Quarterly Update Q1 2020 - with coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

SEC Quarterly Update Q1 2020 - with coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

SEC Quarterly Update Q1 2020 - with coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications

State Tax Update with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications - Q2 2020

State Tax Update with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications - Q2 2020

State Tax Update with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Implications - Q2 2020

State tax update with Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications - Q1 2020

State tax update with Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications - Q1 2020

State tax update with Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications - Q1 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact: What Every CPA Should Know

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact: What Every CPA Should Know

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact: What Every CPA Should Know

Impacted Campuses and Courses

The following locations are handling CPA Exam instruction internally. Please contact your academic advisor or instructor for additional information. 

  • Butler University
  • Clemson University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas Tech
  • Troy University

Several Becker courses have been moved to a live online format and we are notifying registered students via email.  Please contact us at 877.272.3926 or beckercustomerservice@becker.com for additional information or visit our site to reschedule. Live locations will reopen based on state and federal guidelines.

COVID-19 FAQs

Get answers to your questions here.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in China. For additional information visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) web page on coronavirus.
 

What are the symptoms?

According to the World Health Organization, common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The CDC believes that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or up to 14 days after exposure.
 

What precautions is Becker taking to prevent members of its student, customer and instructor community from exposure to COVID-19?

Becker is taking precautions to lower the risk of exposure and do our part to curb the spread of the virus. We are in close communication with the academic institutions at which our CPA Exam Review Live cohorts participate. Based on their decisions regarding on-site instruction, we will work to proactively shift your registration to a live-online Becker course section. As these changes are made, we will email you important instructions, as well as make every effort to reach you by phone. We have live-online capabilities, with new sessions available starting April 8, 2020.

Additionally, NASBA has recommended that the Boards of Accountancy extend all NTS with expirations between April 1 - June 30 to September 30. For more information and updates, please visit the NASBA website.
 

Does Becker have any information on Prometric testing sites?

Yes. Prometric has now resumed testing in more than 90 percent of their global test centers, at either full or limited occupancy, based on local and governmental mandates. Beginning August 3, 2020, Prometric reinstated cancellation and rescheduling fees, where applicable by testing programs. We encourage all students to regularly visit the Prometric website for detailed information regarding their response to COVID-19.

What precautions should all students take to understand their risk of exposure?

Precautions can be taken to minimize your risk and prevent exposure and spread of the disease. The CDC has published a medical decision-making tool that you can use to understand your risk and which gives guidance based on risk.

Personal Hygiene

It is important that we work together to take common sense precautions that can reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

Per CDC guidelines:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and frequently disinfect common work surfaces.
  • If you or a family member develops a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, or are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms, work with to alert appropriate contacts and practice social distancing.
  • Follow all CDC travel guidelines.
I think my 24-month access period to my Becker CPA Exam Review materials is going to expire soon. What do I do?

If you have questions about your access license to our self-study course materials, please contact our student support team at 1.800.868.3900.
 

I may have to miss my next Flex Pay payment due to the COVID-19 circumstances. What should I do?

If you have questions concerning your Flex Pay payment plan, please contact our student support services at 1-800-868-3900.

Does Becker have any resources for accounting professionals to help understand and process business implications of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes. In light of the drastic changes surrounding COVID-19, Becker has hand-curated a special coronavirus essentials package of our most timely and relevant on demand courses to help you navigate your current work situation while boosting your accounting and business acumen. Topics in this bundle range from managing remote teams to technical guidance around tax changes. 

Should you need additional assistance, please contact our Student Support team at 1.800.868.3900.

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