The A&A Buffet: Build Your Own Course

Every public and industry accountant faces different challenges and issues, depending on factors such as nature and size of the reporting entity, services offered, and/or client demographics. This unique course allows you to customize a day of accounting, auditing and other attest services training based on what is of most interest and relevance to your specific circumstances. (Can be customized to any desired length)

  • Describe accounting, auditing and other attest issues important to a public or industry accountant
  • Explain best practices for complying with professional, technical, and regulatory requirements related to common A&A issues faced by public and industry accountants
  • Apply examples and illustrations to “real-life” circumstances encountered


Select up to 8 topics from the following list to create an 8-hour CPE credit course:
Accounting Topics

  1. The Executive Summary A&A Update – Highlights of the Most Critical Current Issues and Changes (THAA) #
  2. Accounting and Financial Reporting Issues that Your Auditors Will Most Likely Focus on During Your Next Audit (IAFO) #
  3. Private Company FASB GAAP Alternatives – When and Why Should Companies Adopt the Simplifications? (PCGP) #
  4. New Required Going Concern Disclosure – Evaluating the Impact on Preparing Financial Statements, Compilations, Reviews and Audits (RGCD) #
  5. Long-Term Debt – Case Studies in Issues Impacting Classification, Disclosure and Debt Covenant Compliance (LTDT) #
  6. Leases Before and After New U.S. GAAP – Case Studies on the Impact of Applying Changes in Lease Accounting and Financial Reporting (LEAS) #
  7. Revenue Recognition Before and After New U.S. GAAP – Case Studies on the Impact of Applying Changes in Accounting and Reporting (REVR) #

    Auditing Topics

  8. The Four Basic Food Groups of Audits – Satisfying Your Audit Risk Appetite (FBFG) #
  9. Critical Traits of a Thinking Auditor – Tips for Stretching Yourself Beyond the Audit Basics (CTTA) #
  10. Professional Skepticism – Case Studies in Identifying Material Fraud and Error (PSFE) #
  11. Leveraging Analytical Procedures to the Fullest on Audits – Case Studies in Strengthening Analytic Evidence (LAPA) #
  12. The Most Common Analytics Used to Interpret Financial Statement Results (MCAP) #
  13. Evaluating the Propriety of Estimates and Other Areas of Subjectivity (AEST) #
  14. Strengthening Inquiry Skills – Tips for Gathering the Information You Need on Audits (INQS) #
  15. Avoiding Common Sampling Mistakes on Financial Statement and Compliance Audits (SAMP) #
  16. Who is Exactly Responsible for What on Group Financial Statement Audits? – Complying with Group Audit Requirements (GRPA) #
  17. Modifying Financial Statement Audit Reports – Case Studies for Altering Standard Report Language (MFAR) #

    Internal Controls and Fraud Topics

  18. Critical Internal Control Concepts for Managing Financial Reporting Risk Under COSO’s Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) (CICC) #
  19. Essential Governance – Best Practices for Overseeing Enterprise-Wide Risk Management (EGBP) #
  20. SAS 130 – Performing an Effective and Efficient Integrated Audit of Internal Controls and Financial Statements (S130) #
  21. Current Fraud Trends in Today’s Environment – Shifting Risks and Changing Fraud Schemes (FRDT) #

    Governmental and Nonprofit Topics

  22. Current Issues in Yellow Book and Single Audit Engagements (YBSA) #
  23. Looming Changes in Nonprofit Financial Reporting (NFPR) #

    Nonaudit and Nonattest Services

  24. Third Party Verification (Comfort) Requests – What are Options for Responding and How to Determine Which Professional Standards to Apply? (TPVR) #
  25. Frequently Asked Questions in Applying SSARS 21 (FAQS) #
  26. Avoiding Peer Review Deficiencies in SSARS, SAS and SSAE Engagements (APRD) #
  27. Mitigating Malpractice Risk When Performing Nonaudit Services for Clients (MMRN) #

    Managing the Audit Relationship

  28. Thinking Like an Auditor When Preparing Your Financial Statements (TLAA) #
  29. How to Evaluate Whether You (the Client) Are Getting the Most for Your Audit Dollars (VALU) #
  30. Explaining the Financial Statement Audit Process to the Nonauditor (APNA) #
  31. How Internal Auditors Can Be Leveraged in External Audits (IAEA) #

    Management and Personal Development

  32. Make it Happen! – A Disciplined Approach to Getting Things Done (MIHD) #
  33. Adjusting to Varying Personality Styles for Improved Communication and Performance (PERS) #
  34. Coaching the Next Generation of CPA’s – Tips for Developing Millennials (CNGC) #
  35. Striking the Right Balance Between Leadership and Management – Adapting Your Behaviors to Succeed at Short- and Long-Term Objectives (BLMB) #

Public and industry accountants who require training in accounting, auditing and other attest services


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