ACPE is wholly owned by John B. Burke, MS, CFP®, Senior Vice President Financial Advisor

ACPE seminars are presented by CPAs, tax attorneys, accounting professors, revenue agents (state or federal) or professional speakers.

ACPE is authorized by the NJ State Board of Accountancy (Sponsor ID #CE 00027100) and the NY Board for Public Accountancy (Sponsor ID #000104) to provide continuing education courses for accountants. Participants in each course will receive a certificate stating the number of CPE credits and the topics covered.


John B. Burke has been a practicing advisor for more than 38 years and during his extensive career has helped thousands of clients with financial planning and investment management. John is also a well-respected strategist; his research was published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Financial Planning.

John’s career began at Merrill Lynch, where he was hired as a financial advisor in December 1983 after completing the firm’s Donald Regan program for financial planning. He then joined Smith Barney and later Morgan Stanley, and was named to both firms’ President’s Clubs six times and two times, respectively. John has been named by the Financial Times as one of the top 400 financial advisors in the United States for 2015, 2016 and 2018.

John received his undergraduate degree in finance from Lehigh University. He went on to earn the CERTIFIED FINANICAL PLANNER™ certification from the College for Financial Planning in 1992, and also earned his master’s degree in financial planning from the same institution in 2003.

John owns the Academy for Continuing Professional Education, which provides continuing education classes for accountants in central New Jersey. He is also an active member of his community and church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, New Jersey, where he has served as a treasurer. And, along with his wife Diane, John proudly supports Children’s International, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Good Shepard Home of Cameroon and Community Foodbank of New Jersey.


(New Jersey) Each accountant for triennial license renewal is required to complete, during the preceding triennial period, 120 hours of continuing professional education (CPE). All applicants shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPE in each year of the triennial period. The 120 hours of CPE shall include at least 24 credit hours in the areas of auditing, review and compilation for licensees who are engaged in the practice of public accounting. All applicants shall complete at least 72 credit hours of the required 120 credit hours in technical subjects as follows: accounting, auditing, business law, computer science, economics, finance, management advisory services, mathematics/statistics, SEC practice, taxation, and professional ethics. All applicants shall complete 4 credit hours in a law and ethics course. The remaining 44 credit hours may include courses that concentrate on practice management areas, such as organizational structure, human resource management and other administrative matters. Courses that relate to a licensee’s personal skills such as speaking, leadership, and managing people or organizations shall also be included in this category. Courses that relate to the development of a licensee’s practice or the marketing of services shall not be accepted towards satisfaction of CPE requirements. A licensee shall obtain a minimum of 60 credit hours of CPE through didactic instruction.

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