Forensic Accounting


Fundementals of Forensics Accounting Certificate Program

This comprehensive online certificate program will provide you with a solid understanding of financial forensics. You will become familiar with the forensic accountant’s professional responsibility and get a fundamental knowledge of the legal system, gathering information, discovery, reporting, providing expert testimony and more.

Get a solid understanding of financial forensics

The Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting Certificate Program covers those areas representative of the AICPA’s Body of Knowledge in the financial forensics area. This certificate program is tailored to provide an introduction to financial forensics and help you become familiar with the forensic accountant’s professional responsibility. It provides a foundational knowledge of:

  • The legal system
  • How to plan and prepare a forensic engagement
  • Gathering information
  • Discovery
  • Reporting
  • Providing expert testimony

Courses Include

  • AICPA Guidance for the Forensic Engagement
  • Understanding the Forensic Accountant Role
  • Understanding the Basic Structure of the Legal System
  • Managing the Forensic Engagement
  • Identifying and Obtaining Evidence
  • Conducting Effective Interviews
  • Common Investigative Techniques
  • Deposition and Testimony
  • Reporting Requirements & Preparing Sustainable Reports
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Reorganization
  • Leveraging Technology in Forensic Engagements
  • Economic Damages in Business
  • Economic Damages for Individuals: A CPA’s Role
  • Economic Damages for Individuals: Case Studies and Analysis
  • Calculating Intellectual Property Infringement Damages
  • Family Law Engagements
  • Fraud Prevention, Detection, and Response
  • Financial Statement Fraud and Asset Misappropriation
  • Valuations in Litigation Matters

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret regulatory standards and legal system requirements applicable to forensic accounting engagements
  • Describe the elements essential to accepting forensic accounting engagements such as identifying the engagement terms and client provisions, managing the engagement, and reporting requirements
  • Identify the means of gathering evidence and conducting research critical to forensic engagements through the use of effective interviewing and investigative techniques
  • Describe the role of the expert and non-expert in participating in depositions and providing testimony
Cybersecurity

About the Cybersecurity Certificate

Breaking news stories about malware attacks, phishing scams, system hacks and identity theft have become commonplace in today’s headlines. Cybersecurity threats are escalating, unnerving the boards of directors, managers, investors and other stakeholders of public and private organizations of all size. These organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to detect, respond to, mitigate and recover from security incidences that:

  • could disrupt their businesses,
  • result in financial losses,
  • and destroy their reputations.

Why earn a Cybersecurity Certificate?

Earning a cybersecurity certificate provides finance and accounting professionals with the knowledge needed to be a strategic business partner within their organization and with clients. You will:

  • develop fluency in cybersecurity,
  • learn to help clients navigate threats and
  • use the AICPA’s new cybersecurity risk management reporting framework.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professional Certificate

This certificate program will cover several cybersecurity topics to help you gain an understanding of the importance and impact of cybersecurity risks on your organization or client, including an introduction to AICPA’s cybersecurity risk management reporting framework.

More than ever, organizations are under pressure to demonstrate that they are managing threats, and that they have effective processes and controls in place to prevent, detect, respond to, mitigate and recover from cybersecurity events.

Through this program you will be able to:

  • Speak intelligently on the subject internally and externally.
  • Learn the terminology and key considerations related to cybersecurity to collaborate with others in your organization or client.
  • Apply a security mindset to your daily work.
  • Obtain an understanding of the potential risks and opportunities for your organization or client as they develop or evaluate their cybersecurity risk management program.

Courses include:

  • The Importance of Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation
  • Cyberattacks, Data Breaches, and Privacy
  • Cybersecurity Frameworks and Regulations
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • The Business of Cybersecurity

Who Will Benefit?

The need for cybersecurity knowledge is no longer the sole responsibility of IT professionals. Global finance and accounting professionals in business and industry and public practice all have unique and vital roles.

  • Public accounting professionals are the trusted business advisors to organizations of all sizes, educating clients on an array of risks and also providing advisory and attestation services.
  • Management and public accountants can advocate the need for effective cybersecurity risk management within their own organizations; and play key role in adopting policies and controls to prepare, manage, and recover from a cyber-attack.

Who should attend?

  • Finance professionals, CFOs and business managers, Controllers and internal auditors and Management and public accountants

Mode of delivery?

  • Online Webinar/Self-study

Duration & Credits?

  • 3, 6 or 12 months/.5 CPE Credits

Certificates & Digital Badge?

  • Internationally recognized certificates in digital form will be issued to participants who have successfully completed the course and passed the exam at the end of the course.
  • Participants will also receive a digital badge that can be easily shared with your professional network.
RPA

Robotic Process Automation Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professional Certificate

This certificate focuses on robotic process automation benefits to enable your business or clients to become more competitive and agile. By 2020, 40% of manual accounting tasks are predicted to be automated, which can ensure a competitive advantage. With advanced preparation and strategy, rollout can be timely and result in significant hours saved.

Key topics:

  • What RPA is and the business value of RPA
  • RPA applications and use cases that make the most sense
  • Decision criteria and steps needed to build a business case
  • Considerations, risks, and challenges to implementing RPA
  • Governance and controls considerations for a digital workforce
  • Accounting, finance, and organizational impact of RPA
  • How RPA might affect an audit
  • Future of RPA and automation trends, with a focus on intelligent process automation (IPA)

Topics include:

  • Understanding Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Building an RPA Business Case
  • Implementing RPA Applications
  • Governance, Risks and Controls for RPA
  • Organizational Process Implications of RPA
  • How RPA Can Be Used in an Audit
  • Automation Beyond RPA
Blockchain

Blockchain Fundamentals Certificate for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate

Learn the characteristics of blockchain and crypto assets; identify opportunities and risks for application within your own organization, and much more.

Product Details

Lay the foundation for your future as a strategic business partner within your organization and with your clients.

With real-world literacy on blockchain and digital assets, you will be equipped with the foundational constructs behind blockchain and crypto assets, structure, and functionality, as you consider the value in implementing this technology into your own organization.

Who Will Benefit

  • CPAs
  • Public accounting leaders
  • Managers and staff
  • CFOs
  • Controllers
  • Finance leaders
  • Management accountants
  • Non-IT finance professionals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the basic concepts of blockchain technology.
  • Compare a range of cases for using and securing crypto/digital assets.
  • Identify the various opportunities, benefits, risks and challenges associated with blockchain technology.
  • Identify the elements, benefits, and risks of permissioned ledgers.
  • Indicate the impact of the various controls associated with blockchain.
  • Estimate the potential impact of recent blockchain trends on the accounting and finance profession.

About the Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Program

This certificate will provide you the opportunity to build a foundation toward becoming a strategic business partner within your organization and with your clients. This approximately 15-hour course will expose you to the concepts related to real-world literacy on blockchain and crypto assets technology, structure and functionality, the knowledge needed to anticipate potential benefits and risks, and how to translate into relevant business application and value.

You will learn how to:

  • Recall the foundational constructs behind blockchain technology and crypto assets, structure and functionality
  • Recognize the benefits, values and opportunities of blockchain for your organization
  • Recognize blockchain risks and challenges as you consider implementing this technology within your organization
  • Recognize regulatory concerns and governance related to blockchain implementations
  • Recall practical applications and use cases by looking into ledgers, transactions and smart contracts

You have the flexibility to earn the certificate using a format that best matches your learning style. Select one of the options below to learn more.

Who should attend?

  • CPAs, Public accounting leaders, Managers and staff, CFOs, Controllers, Finance leaders, Management accountants and non-IT finance professionals

Mode of delivery?

  • Online Webinar/Self-stud

Duration & Credits?

  • 3, 6 or 12 months/.5 CPE Credits

Certificates & Digital Badge?

  • Internationally recognized certificates in digital form will be issued to participants who have successfully completed the course and passed the exam at the end of the course.
  • Participants will also receive a digital badge that can be easily shared with your professional network.
DATA Analytics

About the Data Analytics Certificate Programs

As organizations become more tech-driven and collect an increasing amount of data, data analysis skills are going to play an increasingly important role in business, making the role of a Data Analyst one of the most important positions in any business structure. Data Analysts help leaders make informed, data-driven decisions to drive the company forward, improve efficiency, increase profits, and achieve organizational goals.

Why is Data Analysis important?

Data analysis is the cornerstone of the accounting industry. As technology evolves and our ability to process large quantities of raw data improves, you must develop the skills to:

  1. Find meaning in that data.
  2. Take action from your findings to drive positive results for your client, team, or organization.

Whether you work directly with sophisticated data analytics platforms or translate reporting into a “story” for other stakeholders, enhancing your ability to think critically and synthesize information will make you an indispensable member of the workforce.

Data Analytics Core Concepts

An essential guide for accounting and finance professionals. Learn core concepts in data analytics and how to conduct and apply data analytics to projects in your organization.

Application of Data Analysis Essentials Certificate

The Application of Data Analysis Essentials Certificate provides the core concepts and definitions of data analytics, which explain the anatomy of data as a medium, and provides fundamental statistical analysis techniques for beginning to glean useful information from data.

Data Analytics Modeling Certificate

The Data Analytics Modeling Certificate will expand your ability to work with structured and unstructured data to drive a successful analytics practice. To start, you will learn to define clear business outcomes for your analytics practice to ensure your efforts align with your organization’s strategic direction and create value. Next, you will learn data profiling and data cleansing techniques to maintain data quality throughout the data life cycle. You’ll practice ETL (extract, transform, load) techniques and work with different data models and analytics tools. Finally, you will learn how to institute sophisticated tools for managing an ongoing enterprise data practice, including tools for data warehousing, managing the data life cycle, and working with structured and unstructured data.

Forecasting and Predictive Analytics Certificate

The Forecasting and Predictive Analytics Certificate will teach you fundamental techniques used for predictive analytics: regression, classification, clustering, optimization, and simulation. Beginning with basic models for revealing and establishing relationships, you will learn to apply increasingly sophisticated modeling techniques for practical data analysis, as well as commonly encountered problems so you can determine the fit and usefulness for prediction of your models, and apply them to typical business problems.

Data Visualization Certificate

The Data Visualization Certificate will guide you through every major facet of one of the most important areas of your data practice — data visualization. Building from underlying technology, architecture, and analysis considerations, you will learn how to translate data into meaningful information, visualize the information, and communicate findings and lessons.

COSO

Why are COSO standards and trainings important?

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) was created in 1985 to investigate the causal factors that lead to fraudulent financial reporting. Five major professional organizations (the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International, the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Institute of Management Accountants) sponsored the National Commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting and continue to provide thought leadership and training on enterprise risk management, internal control, and fraud deterrence. Knowing and upholding standards set forth by this group demonstrates your ability to safely and effectively conduct business operations on a global scale.

  • Internal Control and COSO Essentials for Financial Managers, Accountants and Auditors
  • Are you able to identify departmental policies and procedures that function as the primary controls against errors and fraud?
  • Starting with an overview of the COSO guidance on the components and principles of internal control, this CPE self-study course will introduce you to basic tools used to document processes and controls.

The course covers:

  • The responsibilities of management versus those of the auditor;
  • Identification of risks of errors and fraud and consideration of the presence (or absence) of related controls; and,
  • How to interpret and evaluate management’s documentation of accounting processes and controls for auditors performing field work

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall factors that an auditor should consider when obtaining an understanding of the entity and its environment, including internal control.
  • Identify keys to success in designing a control environment with strong internal controls.
  • Recall internal control objectives, components, and principles.
  • Identify tools that can assist in the documentation of internal control.
  • Identify ways to obtain efficiencies and effectiveness in internal control in various types of smaller entities.