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Drake's e-Training Center (ETC) is an interactive site offering tax courses, videos, tutorials and practice returns, all designed to enhance knowledge of tax preparation and Drake Software. It’s a great resource for all Drake customers.

In offices where many students are taking courses, administrators can easily set up student accounts, track students' progress, view electronic report cards, and print CPE certificates when all certification requirements have been met.

Tax Courses

ETC's training materials benefit single preparers as well as offices with multiple preparers and accommodate any skill level. Included are basic and intermediate individual tax courses, a basic corporate tax course, a basic S Corporation tax course, and a partnership tax course. All courses have CPE credits available.

See Earning CPE Credits for a detailed course list.

Tutorials and Practice Returns

ETC's tutorials teach the basics of Drake Software through step-by-step movies. Practice returns provide hands-on experience entering various scenarios into the software. Electronic filing and banking exercises allow students to e-file returns and print bank products.


The following videos are also available on ETC:

  • Drake 101 – Program Settings and Tools

    helps Drake users set up the software and use the features within the Tools menu.
  • Drake 101 – Data Entry

    familiarizes users with navigating data entry and preparing a return with Drake.
  • Drake 101 – Electronic Filing

    covers required Drake setup and how to successfully e-file a return.
  • Drake Quick Start

    is for users new to Drake and covers the steps that are required to get started using the software. This includes basic setup and return preparation information.

Annual Federal Tax Refresher Course & Comprehension Test

Drake is an an authorized provider of the Annual Federal Tax Refresher (AFTR) course, a 6-hour course accompanied by a 100-question knowledge-based comprehension test. An email will be sent to all Drake customers as soon as Drake’s refresher course is available in early August.

The course is structured into three domains:

  • New Tax Law/Recent Updates
  • General Review
  • Ethics, Practices and Procedures


Keep up to date with Drake ETC's webinars. CPE credits available for selected topics.

See the full schedule and sign up