2020 Online Stock Plan Fundamentals

Why this education is critical:

Our Online Stock Plan Fundamentals course will provide you with a thorough understanding of administrative best practices, as well as bring you up to date on all the latest regulatory, accounting and taxation requirements.

How we present the fundamentals:

  • One webcast per week for six weeks will illustrate stock plan concepts, accounting, tax and best practices as they fit into the current regulatory landscape.
  • Extensive online materials provide in-depth coverage of course topics.
  • Quizzes to test your understanding of the information introduced and help you apply your new knowledge to your own stock plans.
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Build or Enhance Your Stock Plan Knowledge

With the complex standards governing stock plans--plus ongoing changes in accounting, taxation, global issues and required public disclosure--this webcast series is a must. Over the course of six webcasts, you will build critical expertise in the following:

  • Stock plan concepts, terminology and functional interactions

  • Characteristics, requirements and tax treatment of non-qualified awards, incentive stock options, restricted stock and employee stock purchase plans

  • Accounting treatment of stock compensation, including an introduction to option valuation and accounting for tax effects

  • Securities law considerations, including registration requirements and Section 16 reporting

  • A basic understanding of potential considerations for global stock plans

  • Best practices for accurate and efficient stock plan administration

Ideal Prep for the CEP Exam

The online Stock Plan Fundamentals course adheres to the CEP exam curriculum and course quizzes are aligned with CEP testing standards, making this webcast series an excellent preparatory program for CEP Level 1 exam candidates.

Praise for the course from past participants:
"I love the structure of the Fundamentals series. The lifecycle slides are perfect for bringing the concepts discussed to life."
"Excellent material coverage and you can tell the speakers are very knowledgeable about the subjects."
"Excellent material and presentation. I am new to Stock Plan Administration, and this course helped to bridge gaps I had with the technical knowledge and practical knowledge. Thank you!"
"I have been so impressed with the broadcasts and the materials. Definitely worth my money and time."


Class Schedule:

The first webcast in the series is an introduction to equity compensation plan administration, including general roles and responsibilities, an overview of corporate law and the industry regulators. The introduction is followed by a discussion of U.S. securities regulations governing equity compensation, including share registration and Section 16 requirements.


Mike Stevens, Partner, Alston & Bird

Kathleen Cleary, CEP, Education Director, NASPP

2.00 hours of continuing education for CEPs

The second session in the series presents an overview of the U.S. tax rules and regulations as they apply to equity compensation. The webcast includes a discussion of taxation issues for incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, restricted stock awards/units and employee stock purchase plans.


Wendy Jennings, CEP, Director, Global Stock Operations/M&A Stock & Payroll, Cisco Systems

Alison Wright, Partner, Hanson Bridgett, LLP

2.00 hours of continuing education for CEPs

The third webcast focuses on the accounting treatment of equity compensation, including ASC 718, option valuation, earnings per share and other accounting topics that any new equity plan administrator should be familiar with.


Elizabeth Dodge, CEP, Principal, Equity Plan Solutions

2.00 hours of continuing education for CEPs

The fourth webcast in the series will focus directly on administrative matters related to restricted stock and unit awards and stock options. Topics include: grant practices, plan reserve management, exercise methods and procedures, vesting/release considerations, as well as employee education and inter-departmental communications.


Susan Garvin, Senior Manager, Global Equity Plan Services, GoPro

Lydia Terrill, Manager Global Equity Programs, Vocera Communications

2.00 hours of continuing education for CEPs

Employee stock purchase plans are a unique form of equity compensation; administrative procedures and practices for these programs differ from other equity arrangements. The fifth webcast in our program focuses on how to administer an ESPP, particularly Section 423 plans.


Paz Dizon, CEP, Head of Stock Plan Services, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Kathleen Cleary, CEP, Education Director, NASPP

2.00 hours of continuing education for CEPs

The final webcast of the course will introduce issues that companies may encounter when offering equity globally, including securities laws, tax, accounting, data privacy and mobility considerations.


Barbara Klementz, JD, Partner, Global Equity Services, Baker McKenzie

Marlene Zobayan, Partner, Rutlen Associates, LLC

2.00 hours of continuing education for CEPs