This intensive course will improve inexperienced staff members’ knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to be more productive and profitable on audits, reviews and compilations.
1/12/2015 to 1/13/2015
8:30 AM until 4:30 PM
LCPA Training Facility
2400 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Kurt Oestriecher, CPA
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Course Objective: To improve inexperienced staff members’ knowledge, skills and attitude to enable them to be more productive and profitable on audits, reviews and compilations.
|Field of Study||Accounting & Auditing|
ROLE OF NEW STAFF
After recognizing that "taking the total service approach" is the key to growth, participants identify the ways in which new staff can contribute to the success of both themselves and their firm.
UNDERSTAND AUDIT OBJECTIVES
Through guided discussion, participants identify the major steps in the audit process and the alternatives that are available throughout the process. Audit objectives are identified and discussed. The nature of and the circumstances under which analytical procedures, tests of controls, tests of transactions and tests of balances are performed are discussed.
WORKING PAPER TECHNIQUES/CASH
In a session scheduled on the first day of the program, participants critique a set of working papers in an area that they are familiar with – cash. Participants first identify the most common deficiencies found in the working papers of new staff. Then, through guided discussion and exposure to proper edit schedules, participants learn the most practical means of overcoming these deficiencies. In the process participants become aware of the characteristics and benefits of using engagement management software. Techniques developed in this session are reinforced throughout the course.
Guided discussion is used to introduce participants to the purposes served and the fundamental techniques employed in performing analytical procedures. Participants are assigned a case study in which they utilize these techniques to first identify and then follow up on accounts with a high risk of being materially misstated.
COMPILATION AND REVIEW SERVICES
Participants identify and discuss the different levels of assurance and responsibility associated with compilations, reviews and audits. Minimum levels of knowledge required in performing compilations and reviews are identified. The kinds of procedures performed on compilations and reviews and the circumstances under which they are performed are identified and discussed.
Participants are given an unadjusted trial balance taken from the books of a closely-held corporation along with selected information about certain accounts. Utilizing this information, small groups of participants identify accounts needing possible adjustments, discuss the various alternatives available under GAAP, and then prepare adjusting entries that will permit the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP.
TAX RECOGNITION AND RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
The two-fold objectives of this session are to improve each participant's skills at (1) identifying situations common to small and medium-sized clients that have tax implications and (2) performing non-complex tax research to resolve questions associated with each situation.
Working with the same small company case used in the Compilation and Review Services module, participants first identify numerous situations with tax implications and then perform basic tax research in a tax reference manual, such as the Master Tax Guide, in order to either resolve each tax question or recommend more in-depth research.
AUDIT/REVIEW SELECTED ACCOUNTS
In several sessions devoted to various balance sheet accounts, emphasis is placed on (1) identifying the audit and/or review objectives applicable to a given account and (2) designing and implementing those procedures that will, in the most efficient and effective manner, provide sufficient evidence to meet the specified objectives. Small group case analysis is used to help participants improve the skills they need in effectively and efficiently auditing receivables, payables and inventories.
Staff with 0 to 12 months of experience.
*Note: the experience level is only a guideline; actual experience levels may vary
Meet the Speaker
Kurt Oestriecher is a partner with Oestriecher & Company, CPAs, in Alexandria, LA, and has been with the firm since graduating from Northeast Louisiana University in 1986. He is partner in charge of accounting and auditing services, and is also involved in litigation support and small business consulting engagements.
Kurt is a three-time recipient of LCPA’s Outstanding Discussion Leader Award and has been named an Outstanding Discussion Leader for the AICPA seven times.