CPE Self-Study

Planning the Audit Engagement: Not-for-Profit Governance and Assurance

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This CPE course is included in the 40-hour Not-for-Profit Certificate Program. It can also be purchased individually or as a part of the Not-for-Profit Governance and Assurance track.

This CPE course provides guidance for planning a not-for-profit (NFP) audit engagement. The key to an effective audit is adequate planning and preparation, as well as two-way communication between an NFP’s independent auditors and management. Audit planning involves: performing preliminary engagement activities; establishing an overall audit strategy and communicating with those charged with governance an overview of the planned scope and timing of the audit; developing a detailed, written audit plan; determining direction and supervision of engagement team members and review of their work; and determining the extent of involvement of professionals with specialized skills.

Topics Discussed:

  • NFP audit overview
  • Understanding the entity and its environment
  • Unique reporting requirements for NFPs
  • Audit planning
  • Internal controls
  • Risk assessment
  • Considerations of fraud
  • Auditor documentation

Learning Objectives:

When you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the unique characteristics of NFPs and considerations for audit planning;
  • Recall the key steps to planning an audit engagement;
  • Identify basic audit documentation that is needed for audit planning and preparation; and
  • Recall the auditor’s responsibility for fraud.

Who Will Benefit?

  • CPAs who perform not-for-profit (NFP) audit engagements as well as staff and board members at small- and medium-sized NFPs.

Prerequisite: None

Advanced Preparation: None


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Find out more information on the NFP Section.

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About the Authors

Karen Craig

About the Publisher

American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 418,000 members in 143 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 specialized credentials for qualified professionals who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. With The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it offers the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets the global benchmark for quality and recognition in management accounting.

The AICPA and CIMA also make up the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), which represents public and management accounting globally, advocating on behalf the public interest and advancing the quality, competency and employability of CPAs, CGMAs and other accounting and finance professionals worldwide.

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