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CPE Self-Study

Advanced Auditing for Employee Benefit Plans

  • $299.00-$379.00
    Advanced Auditing for Employee Benefit Plans Online Access Product #: 166320
    AICPA Member: $299.00
    Non-Member: $379.00

Enhance your knowledge of defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. This new online self-study CPE course covers many of the same competencies found on the advanced employee benefit plans audit certificate exams. To learn more, visit the Employee Benefit Plans Audit Certificate Programs website for more information on the certificates and additional learning options.

Through a series of interactive case studies and advanced learning exercises, this CPE course will help you to grow your expertise in defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plan types. Developed for experienced EBP plan auditors, the course will take you through mock audit exercises in which you will follow a “client” through each phase of an employee benefit plan audit engagement. You have the flexibility to focus on the plan type of your choice or all three. Evaluate and interpret employee benefit plan-specific audit circumstances in the areas of planning and risk assessment, reviewing draft financial statements, and writing the auditor’s report.

This course includes the following modules:

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare you to do the following:

  • Formulate key concepts and skills to build upon a solid audit foundation specifically related to employee benefit plans, including defined contribution retirement plans (DC plans), defined benefit pension plans (DB plans), and health and welfare plans (H&W plans.)
  • Evaluate advanced plan-specific audit circumstances.
  • Interpret advanced EBP audit concepts through a mock plan-specific audit.
  • Interpret regulatory requirements and professional standards related to engagement acceptance, planning, and quality control for employee benefit plan audits.
  • Assess the control environment of employee benefit plans, including the portion of the control environment at a service organization, through analytics, inquiry, and observation.
  • Assess presentation and disclosure requirements in accordance with GAAP for employee benefit plans.

Key Topics

  • DC, DB, and H&W plan advanced overview
  • Planning and general audit considerations
  • Risk assessment and internal control
  • Audit area considerations
  • Other defined contribution retirement plan considerations
  • Financial statements and disclosures
  • The auditor’s report
  • Concluding the audit and other auditing situations

Who Will Benefit?

Auditors from small to large firms interested in enhancing their intermediate to advanced competencies in employee benefit plan auditing.

Discounts

Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC) Members Save an Additional 15%:

If you are a EBPAQC member, you can save 15% off the registration price.

Find out more information on the EBPAQC Website.

System Requirements

About the Authors

JulieAnn C. Verrekia, CPA

Julie has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing specializing in employee benefit plans. Julie is a former managing director of the employee benefit plan practice in the Philadelphia office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Julie's responsibilities included serving Fortune 500 clients as well as major financial services firms. She also was responsible for employee benefit plan quality issues for the southeast region of PwC and was a key member of a team of national office employee benefit plan specialists who oversaw the development of practice aids and training for the entire firm.

Our director of quality control, Julie assists the AICPA in writing employee benefit plan publications including Audit and Accounting Guide Employee Benefit Plans.

Melissa G. Critcher, CPA

Melissa is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA). She has served in various roles with the NCACPA including member of the Board of Directors, committee member for the Accounting and Attestation Committee as well as local chapter positions. Melissa's background in accounting includes more than 19 years of experience in public accounting specializing in auditing defined contribution and defined benefit employee benefit plans as well as manufacturing, distribution and professional service organizations. Her public accounting experience includes a position as a senior audit manager with Greer & Walker, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, a manager at a regional firm in Raleigh, North Carolina prior to re-locating to Charlotte. Melissa also worked with a local firm in Winston-Salem. During her career, Melissa has been responsible for managing the employee benefit plan niche, marketing and business development and conducting in-house training seminars. Currently, she has her own practice located in the Charlotte, NC area where she concentrates her work on employee benefit plan audits and consulting. Melissa has been recognized as an outstanding discussion leader for both the AICPA and the NCACPA. In addition to teaching courses for the associations, Melissa has also authored several publications for the AICPA and the NCACPA. Melissa is a 2014-15 recipient of the AICPA Outstanding Instructor Award.

Alice Evans, CPA

About the Publisher

AICPA

About the AICPA The American Institute of CPAs is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

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