Accounting for Intangible Assets (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 1 hour

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $15

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Course Description
The accounting rules relating to intangible assets differ from those that apply to tangible assets. Accounting for Intangible Assets addresses the essentials of these differences. The course covers the different types of intangible assets, and then describes how to account for goodwill, including goodwill impairment testing and the situations in which goodwill can be amortized. Further, the accounting for internal-use software, website development costs, and patents are noted. A complete set of financial statement disclosure requirements for intangible assets is also stated.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course number: AC1105

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the different types of intangible assets.

  • Describe the actions to be taken when a reporting unit is disposed of.

  • Recognize the intervals at which impairment testing should be conducted.

  • Specify the circumstances under which internal-use software development costs can be capitalized.

  • Describe how the different types of website development costs are to be recognized.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Accounting

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Registration Requirements: Click on "Purchase Course" near the top of this page to pay for and access the course. You will then be able to download the course as a PDF file, then take an on-line examination, and then download a certificate of completion if you pass the examination.

Program Refund Policy: For more information regarding administrative policies concerning complaints, refunds, and other matters, see our policies page.


AccountingTools, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

The NASBA sponsor identification number for Accountingtools, Inc. is 115881.


AccountingTools is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider. We are compliant with the requirements for continuing education providers (as described in sections 10.6 and 10.9 of the Department of Treasury’s Circular No. 230 and in other IRS guidance, forms, and instructions). Our IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider number is 72821.