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CPE Self-Study
SOC for Service Organizations Deep Dive
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NASBA FIELD OF STUDY
Auditing
LEVEL
Intermediate
CPE CREDITS
Online: 15.5
Make sure you're complying with applicable authoritative and interpretive guidance on your next SOC 1 or SOC 2 examination.

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Who Will Benefit

  • Managers, senior managers, and partners responsible for performing and managing their firms' SOC for service organizations engagements.
  • Senior staff of firms specializing in SOC for service organizations engagements.

Key Topics

  • Overview of SOC services and guidance
  • Types of SOC for service organizations engagements
  • Sections of the report, including the service auditor's opinion and testing and management's description and assertion
  • Consideration of subservice organizations, complementary user entity controls, and use of internal audit and specialists
  • Planning considerations related to engagement acceptance and continuance, scoping, risk assessment, and materiality
  • Assessment and documentation of design and operating effectiveness of controls
  • Types of opinions and concluding activities
  • Other topics of interest, such as SOC 2®+ reports, SOC 3® reports, and blockchain implications

Learning Objectives

  • Identify guidance that affects system and organization controls (SOC) for service organizations engagements.
  • Determine how to avoid common SOC for service organizations pitfalls based on peer review findings.
  • Assess the needs of a service organization to determine the appropriate SOC for service organizations engagement and suitability of criteria.
  • Apply your knowledge and skills in planning, executing, and reporting on a SOC for service organizations examination.

Enhance your knowledge of SOC for service organizations examinations!

Outsourcing has become a trend. The use of technology is expanding rapidly. As a consequence, reporting on system and organization controls is becoming more prevalent, as user entities look to experienced service auditors like you to provide reliable reports on controls at service organizations. However, peer review commonly identifies deficiencies related to compliance with the attestation standards in SOC examinations. Find out what you need to know to provide reports user entities and auditors can trust while avoiding common mistakes.

Prevent common missteps in SOC reporting, by:

  • Familiarizing yourself with authoritative and interpretive guidance applicable to SOC 1® and SOC 2® examinations.
  • Applying the guidance appropriately in planning, executing, and reporting on SOC for service organizations examinations

This CPE self-study course dives into key aspects of planning, executing, and reporting on SOC for service organizations examinations. It references applicable guidance and presents several thought−provoking and practical activities. Instructors with significant SOC reporting experience share their knowledge to enable you to perform examinations in compliance with the attestation standards.

Enhance your knowledge and expertise by:

  • Listening to our experienced instructors explain important aspects of SOC for service organizations examinations.
  • Completing the activities to apply knowledge gained throughout the course

Bundle and save with the Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate Exam!

Show what you know. After finishing this course, go one step further by completing the Advanced SOC for Service Organizations Certificate Exam. Taking the exam will allow you to demonstrate your competency and take your professional development to the next level while the content is still fresh in your mind. Simply select the "Online + Exam" option above.

You will receive FREE eBook versions of the SOC 1® guide, Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities' Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (SOC 1®), and the SOC 2® guide, SOC 2® Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, or Privacy, with either purchase option!

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Author(s)

Patrick A. Morin, CPA, CISA, CITP

Patrick (Pat) is a principal and director of the risk and business advisory practice at Baker Newman Noyes, specializing in a wide range of topics related to business process and information systems. He has been with the firm since it was founded, having previously been with one of our predecessor firms since 1988.

Pat has significant experience providing services such as assessment and evaluation of business processes and the identification of information system solutions, creation of control frameworks to mitigate risk, information technology control and security reviews and SSAE 16 Service Organization Control examinations, developing solutions to analyze large-scale data sets, and developing information technology strategies and business resumption plans. Pat is a nationally-recognized expert in SOC for Service Organizations examinations; he provides SOC for Service Organizations examination quality review services for three regional CPA firms. Pat earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maine, Orono.

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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.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ.

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CREDIT INFO
CPE credits
Online
: 15.5
NASBA Field of Study
Auditing
Level
Intermediate
Prerequisites
Substantial experience performing and managing staff on SOC 1, SOC 2 or SOC 3 engagements; Mastery of SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3 engagement fundamentals. Knowledge of the 2017 trust services criteria.
ADVANCE PREPARATION
None
Delivery Method
QAS Self-Study
Course acronym
SOCSO
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