State, Accounting Association Launch Video Contest to Combat Unlicensed Activity

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September 10, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) today launched a public service video contest for accounting students throughout the state, offering cash prizes to the best videos about unlicensed certified public accounting. The contest seeks to engage the student community in an issue that not only directly impacts their profession but that can also pose a danger to consumers. In addition to cash prizes for the top three entries, a donation will be sent to the accounting schools of the winning teams.

“This contest is a great way to raise public awareness all while involving students who are pursuing this career path,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “Individuals posing as licensed certified public accountants are not only a threat to the profession, they are a potential threat to the financial well-being of the citizens of this great state.”

“Accounting students are the future of public accounting. The “Impostulator” video contest is an excellent opportunity for students to get involved in the profession through public service,” said FICPA CEO Deborah Curry. “Underscoring the Institute’s commitment of support to Florida’s future CPAs, I encourage all accounting students to join the FICPA, as student members, free of charge.”

The contest registration, which opened today, will remain open until October 1, 2012. Students are encouraged to register early so they can get started on the project. Additionally, at least 50 percent of a team’s contestants must currently be pursuing education for professional licensure as a certified public accountant and videos submitted must not be longer than 30 seconds in length. More information, including registration information, additional contest guidelines and requested video format are available online at To follow the contest conversation on Twitter, use hash tag #Impostulators.

The team that wins first place will receive a grand prize of $1,000 with an additional $350 contribution to their accounting school. Second place will receive $500 with a $250 school contribution, and third place will receive $250 with a $150 school donation.

Founded in 1905, the FICPA is a Tallahassee-based, statewide, professional association representing member-CPAs throughout Florida. With a membership of more than 18,500, the Institute's mission is to promote the value of its members and serve their diverse needs; enhance members' competency and professionalism; support professional standards; and advocate on behalf of the profession. For complete information about the FICPA, visit, follow @FICPA on Twitter and visit Florida Institute of CPAs on Facebook.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit

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