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