A Complete Solution for Your Audit Staff Training Needs

The challenge of providing high-quality, comprehensive training for your audit staff comes to an end with the newly enhanced Audit Staff Essentials. This state-of-the-art CPE curriculum expands on the depth and scope of the previous program, and is offered in both onsite instructor-led and online self-study formats that make it suitable for firms of all sizes.

The program provides comprehensive coverage of the duties staff typically perform at each step in their careers. It includes both the core concepts as well as the hands-on application for each topic. Also covered are the non-technical communication and critical thinking skills that are vital to today’s CPA. The information is delivered through a variety of methods—including audio, visual, hands-on exercises, knowledge checks and tests—in order to boost comprehension and retention of the learning. This new curriculum provides training for five experience levels, including:


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Discounts are available for 3 or more people from your organization. Select “Group Training” below to have a representative contact you, or call 800.634.6780 (option 1) for more information.

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Each course within the program provides the relevant professional standards, then guides you through the concepts with a mix of audio, video, interactive exercises and quizzes. Printable transcripts are provided for each course.

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Group Training

Purchasing multiple enrollments for your organization? Discounts are available for 3 or more people from your organization. Call 800.634.6780 (option 1) for information on a discounted rate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Audit Staff Essentials (ASE)?
ASE is a comprehensive audit training curriculum designed to take staff from new hire through experienced senior in five progressive levels. It includes training in both the underlying concepts and the hands-on application of the concepts necessary to be successful at each stage of professional development. It also includes training in the nontechnical business skills critical to today’s CPA, such as client interview and communication skills, critical thinking, engagement management, and more. This curriculum is available as either online self-study training or instructor-led training.

2. What are the different levels of Audit Staff Essentials?

  • Level 1- New Staff: Core Concepts
  • Level 2- New Staff: Practical Application
  • Level 3- Experienced Staff
  • Level 4- Senior / In-Charge
  • Level 5- Experienced Senior

3. What are the different formats of Audit Staff Essentials?

  • Online Self-Study
  • On-Site Instructor-Led

4. Is Audit Staff Essentials designed for individuals or firms?
Both. Individuals can enroll in the online self-study format to sharpen their skills or build new skills to help them to progress to the next level in their career. Firms can choose from either format for their staff training, or to supplement existing training programs within the firm.

5. Is it possible to buy the individual courses or do we have to buy the entire level?
You have the option to purchase either individual modules or a complete level, depending on your preference.

6. Is there any cost savings in purchasing the entire level over buying courses individually?
There is a cost-savings when buying the complete level, as opposed to buying all courses individually.

7. If I buy individual courses, can I still get the discount if I go back and buy the entire level?
Yes, as long as you haven’t already paid more than the full certificate price. The price you paid for the courses or tracks you have already taken will be deducted from the total certificate price.

8. How long do I have to complete the online program?
ASE online courses are available for one year from the date you purchase the course.

9. Do I have to follow the sequence of levels in order to complete the Audit Staff Essentials program?
Courses in each level are what is recommended by the AICPA; however, ASE was designed in a modular format to allow you to mix and match to meet the specific needs of individuals and firms.

10. What level of knowledge should I possess prior to starting each level?
While Levels 1 and 2 of the program are designed to provide a foundational level of learning, individuals will benefit from having a basic understanding and awareness of audit terminology and practices. Level 3 is recommended for audit staff with 1-2 years of experience; Level 4 for 2-3 years of experience; and Level 5 for practitioners with at least 3-4 years of audit experience.

11. What is the minimum number of participants for the On-Site instructor led training?
We require a minimum of 10 people to conduct an On-site instructor-led training.

12. Does our firm have to take everything in the same format?
ASE is able to be utilized as a single format or blended learning curriculum, depending on individual firm needs.

13. Who should I contact for group study, or if I have additional questions about the program?
You can contact a representative by completing a brief Online Form or calling 800.634.6780 (option 1) for information.