Forensic Accounting

Fundamentals of Forensic 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

This online CPE self-study certificate program consists of 19 required modules that utilize interactive scenario-based learning, including audio and video animation, to guide you through the concepts. As of March 25, 2019, those who successfully complete all the courses in the curriculum will receive a digital badge to be proudly displayed anywhere on the web—a personal blog, a social network like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Mozilla Open Badges, a biographical page on a company website, or an online resume. For more information digital badges, visit Digital Badges.

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

Key Topics:

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Reorganization
  • Computer Forensic Analysis
  • Economic Damages Calculations
  • Family Law
  • Financial Statement Misrepresentation
  • Fraud Prevention, Detection and Response
  • Valuation

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

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 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/13.5 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

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.

This certificate will focus on robotic process automation benefits and how the use of software robots can enable your business or clients to become more competitive and agile. You will gain an understanding of the risks, opportunities, and organizational impact of automation while learning the decision criteria and key considerations needed to build a business case and run a successful proof-of-concept. You will also understand the steps and governance needed to implement or advise clients on how to implement successfully.

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.

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.

Learn the characteristics of blockchain and digital assets, and identify opportunities and risks, as well as understand high-level technology concepts underpinning blockchain. Gain a deeper understanding of key concepts through animations of how blockchain works in everyday situations.

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

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-study

Duration & Credits?
✓ 3, 6 or 12 months/12 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

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.

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.

  • Turn data into insights
    Be prepared to be effective no matter how your organization or industry changes by understanding
    key concepts — from framing the problem and defining the scope to understanding organizational
    requirements and gaps to effectively working with key stakeholders.
  • Data-driven mindset
    Develop the right mindset to help identify the problem and then recommend data-driven solutions.
  • Understanding data
    Understand the language of data analytics so you can communicate effectively about data analytics
    in your organization.
  • Real-world scenarios
    Using three scenarios covering revenue analysis, financial planning and analysis, and business
    performance, see how data analytics can be applied in practice.

This certificate is Part 1 of the Data Analyst Certificates Bundle – a comprehensive five-part program that
provides training and practical guidance on the topic of data analytics.

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.

First, you will learn the different types of variables that make up a data set and perform meaningful calculations on data to discover and explore relationships that yield insights: central tendency, variability, probability, and distribution. Then we will delve into recognizing these qualities in their different forms and how to utilize them in practical business situations. This program offers straightforward exercises to help you practice and immediately apply what you’ve learned. You will also get exposure to and practice with useful concepts such as quartiles, variance, and standard deviation.

Finally, you will be introduced to one of the most powerful tools available for analyzing data: the open-source “R” platform. You will be guided through an actual use case for analyzing data using R and complete your learning by seeing how the statistical concepts you’ve just learned can be applied in a real-world example. by completing this certificate, you will have a solid grasp of core statistical techniques underpinning an analytics practice and practice using them in a simulated lab environment with step-by-step guidance

This certificate is Part 2 of the Data Analyst Certificates Bundle – a comprehensive five-part program that provides training and practical guidance on the topic of data analytics.

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify opportunities, processes, and necessary data for solving analytical problems.
  • Apply data profiling and data cleansing techniques to available data.
  • Use data preparation and enrichment tools.
  • Use ETL (extract, transform, load) tools.
  • Compare data warehousing techniques.
  • Use data warehousing and data management tools.
  • Align the outcomes of your data analytics practice with your organization’s strategic direction and create value.

This certificate is Part 3 of the Data Analyst Certificates Bundle – a comprehensive five-part program that
provides training and practical guidance on the topic of data analytics.

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.

As you develop your understanding of applied predictive analytics, you’ll learn how to perform basic
forecasting using time-based data to predict future values from a model. You will also learn how to model and calculate scenarios based on distance and space. You will get practice with classification, including naive Bayesian classification; create basic decision trees; and use various techniques for clustering and linear optimization to solve common business problems; as well as learn techniques for assessing the effectiveness of your solutions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the different techniques of predictive analytics: regression, classification, clustering, optimization, and simulation.
  • Calculate varying types of regressions using R and Excel.
  • Apply classification and clustering algorithms.
  • Apply business process optimization to problems by identifying goals and constraints.
  • Analyze the various probabilities of outcomes by applying Monte Carlo simulation.
  • Calculate performance of predictive analytic algorithms

This certificate is Part 4 of the Data Analyst Certificates Bundle – a comprehensive five-part program that
provides training and practical guidance on the topic of data analytics.

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.

You will learn fundamental types of visualization techniques such as charts and graphs and explore a sampling of the most common reporting tools for producing meaningful visualizations. You will continue by developing an understanding of business intelligence (BI) — the overall architecture by which organizational data can be managed and understood. Additionally, you will examine the various components and technologies that make up effective BI and understand how they fit within the larger business.

Finally, you will be guided through fundamental design principles and communication concepts behind
effective dashboards and reports and how to present findings from data to other business stakeholders. This certificate ensures that your data analysis skills are demonstrated effectively so the leaders of your
organization understand your strategic value.

This certificate is Part 5 of the Data Analyst Certificates Bundle – a comprehensive five-part program that
provides training and practical guidance on the topic of data analytics.

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.