Guide to Data Analytics for Audits (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 1 hour

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $10

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Course Description
Data analytics can be an exceedingly useful tool for investigating entire populations of data, rather than just engaging in audit sampling. An auditor can use data analytics in every phase of an audit, from risk assessments through forming an overall conclusion. In the Guide to Data Analytics for Audits course, we describe the uses to which data analytics can be put, the issues related to data collection, and how analytics can be applied to each phase of an audit. The course is supplemented by seven case studies that show how the concepts discussed in the course can be applied to audits.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AU1020

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the principles to be applied to the development of data visualizations.

  • Identify the characteristics of relevant and reliable data.

  • Specify the audit documentation requirements for data analytics procedures.

  • Recognize the process flow for dealing with notable items.

  • Identify the uses to which grouping and filtering activities can be put when engaging in audit data analytics.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Auditing

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Registration Requirements: Click on "Purchase Course" near the top of this page to pay for and access the course. You will then be able to download the course as a PDF file, then take an on-line examination, and then download a certificate of completion if you pass the examination.

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The NASBA sponsor identification number for Accountingtools, Inc. is 115881.

AccountingTools is an IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider. We are compliant with the requirements for continuing education providers (as described in sections 10.6 and 10.9 of the Department of Treasury’s Circular No. 230 and in other IRS guidance, forms, and instructions). Our IRS Approved Continuing Education Provider number is 72821.