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Employee Stock Purchase Plan Essentials

Skills and Knowledge You Need for a Successful ESPP

Build the foundation you need to successfully administer an employee stock purchase plan. No stone is left unturned as you learn the essential ins-and-outs of qualified ESPPs from experts in the field, including:

  • Operational characteristics of ESPPs
  • Related tax and accounting principles
  • Best practices for handling enrollments and purchases
  • Participant education
  • Reporting

Ideal Development Opportunity For

  • Those new to equity compensation
  • Experienced professionals wanting to refresh and strengthen their skills 
  • Professionals implementing a new ESPP plan
  • Those preparing for the CEP Level 1 exam

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5 expert-led modules


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On-demand to fit your schedule

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Quizzes to test your skills and apply your knowledge

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Discussion community to collaborate with peers

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Certificate and Transcript awarded upon completion

Learning Modules

Module 1 - Essential ESPP Characteristics
  • Types of plans/structures
  • Common plan features
  • Offering periods
  • Purchase periods
  • Shares to purchase/limits
  • Contribution handling
  • Calculation of discount

1 hour of continuing education for CEPs.
1.2 hours of continuing education credit for CPAs (live session only).

Module 2 - Taxation and Accounting Basics for ESPPs
  • Applicable tax law
  • Income recognition
  • Tax and income reporting
  • Valuation of ESPPs

1 hour of continuing education for CEPs.
1.2 hours of continuing education credit for CPAs (live session only).

Module 3 - ESPP Setup and Ongoing Administration
  • Recordkeeping systems and framework
  • Handling Enrollment
  • Ongoing contribution management/changes/withdrawals
  • Monitoring plan limits (shares, contributions, value of shares purchased)
  • Purchase processing
  • Quarterly and annual reporting
  • Event related reporting
  • Core reconciliations

1 hour of continuing education for CEPs.
1.2 hours of continuing education credit for CPAs (live session only).

Module 4 - Participant Communication and Education
  • Communication as a driver of participation in ESPP
  • Typical types and timing of communications
  • Determining ideal formats for communication
  • Craft a communication strategy
  • Education best practices
  • Handling common questions
  • Measure success
  • Considerations for global ESPPs

1 hour of continuing education for CEPs.
1.2 hours of continuing education credit for CPAs (live session only).

Module 5 - Learning Lab: ESPPs in Practice

ESPP administration has many moving parts. Use what you’ve learned to work through a series of real scenarios that will test your knowledge and help put the pieces together. Come away from this session with greater confidence to administer an ESPP.

1 hour of continuing education for CEPs.
1.2 hours of continuing education credit for CPAs (live session only).


  • Cally Bruce, Chief Revenue Officer, Carver Edison 

  • Emily Cervino, CEP, FGE, NDEF / Head of Industry Relationships & Thought Leadership, Fidelity  

  • Cherie Curry, CPE, FGE, NDEF / Senior Director, Global Equity, Hilton 

  • Garry Devine, CEP / Director, Equity Accounting and Global Equity Plan Administrator, Horizon  

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

  • Elizabeth Dodge, CEP / Principal, Equity Plan Solutions   

  • Nick Faris, Senior Manager, Equity Methods 

  • Charles Russo, Vice President, Computershare 

  • Lori Serrano, CEP, FGE, NDEF / Director, Equity Programs, Outset Medical 

  • Elizabeth Stoudt, ASA, CEP, NDEF / Partner, Infinite Equity 

  • Tommy Swindle, CEP, FGE, NDEF / Director, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Enrollment Rates

All registrations are non-refundable.



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Continuing Education

Certified Equity Professionals (CEP)

Certified Equity Professionals (CEPs) can earn continuing education credits for attendance at the live sessions and replays of session recordings that they did not attend live.

Maximum Credit: 5 hours (1 hour per session)

Additional Requirements: Attendees must keep their own records of their attendance, including the specific sessions they attended, so they can report this information to the CEP Institute when required.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Certified public accountants can earn continuing professional education (CPE) for attendance at the live sessions. Replays of session recordings are not eligible for CPE.

Maximum Credit: 6 CPE credits (1.2 credits per session)

Additional Requirements: You must answer all in-session polling questions to receive full credit and credit awarded will be based on your actual time in the session. Arriving late, leaving early, or failing to answer all polling questions will result in a reduction in credit earned.

Instructional Method: Group Internet Based

Program Level: Basic—this program is designed for individuals new to the topic or those with limited experience.

Pre-Requisites: None

Required Advance Preparation: None

Fields of Study Included in Program: Accounting, Business Law, Specialized Knowledge, and Taxes

Additional Information:

The NASPP 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 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: www.NASBARegistry.org. Email naspp@naspp.com to cancel your registration. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Please contact naspp@naspp.com with any comments and concerns about the course.