Professional Development

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Professional Development



We invest in our most valuable resource – our people! At PBMares, you are a team member from the start. We strongly believe in continuing professional education and will support your needs to achieve your career goals. PBMares promotes from within the firm’s current talent base. Evidence of this core belief can be seen throughout the firm since many of our managers, as well as several members of the firm, advanced through the ranks.

At PBMares, you will play a major role in shaping your future in public accounting. As you begin your career with us, your experience will include opportunities to develop and advance your skills in the practice area that interests you the most.

Our commitment to your professional development is designed to enhance individual skills and leadership qualities. To achieve this goal, we work hard to provide our staff the tools needed to achieve their professional goals. Employees receive personal attention from senior staff who supervise, guide and evaluate their work. New hires advance as they demonstrate technical competence and satisfy requirements for the next level of professional responsibility. Our aim is to hire the most qualified people we can find and give them the maximum opportunity to advance. Staff members are expected to demonstrate continued improvement in their work and knowledge. There is no last step.

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Continuing Professional Education

Our emphasis on a hands-on approach leads to a wealth of technical knowledge, experience and credibility. Our formal Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program includes formalized classroom instruction and professional seminars. We are committed to assisting you pass the Certified Public Accountant examination and reaching this milestone in your career. In addition, we will help you acquire the necessary credentials to advance your career and increase your client service skills.

In addition to courses sponsored through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, we also offer numerous in-house programs that encompass all staff specialties and levels of experience, including:

  • Technical Software Training: To include, but not limited to, audit, tax, small business and on-line software
  • Industry-Specific Classes: Construction, Financial Institutions, Estate & Trust, Government/Not-For-Profit, Government Contractors, Hospitality and Practice Services
  • General/Update Classes: FASB & SAS Update, Partnerships/LLCs, Risk Based Audit Approach, Tax Update