How to Audit Equity (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
This course clarifies for the auditor every action needed to audit equity. It describes the characteristics of equity from an auditing perspective, and then goes on to describe the activities required to audit the equity portion of the balance sheet. The course also covers the different types of controls that a firm can apply to its equity transactions. Background information concerning the accounting for equity is inserted into the text as needed.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AU1013

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Auditing Equity
Chapter 2. Accounting for Equity

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the circumstances that can alter the amount of equity activity in a business.

  • Note the circumstances under which confirmations can be used in the audit of equity.

  • Understand the different types of controls that can be applied to equity.

  • Describe the accounting for stock dividends and stock splits.

  • Recognize the different ways to account for treasury stock.

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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AccountingTools, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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.