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Assurance Skills

2019 Accounting and Assurance Update

Updates and proposals to accounting standards (ASPE and ASNPO) and assurance standards (CAS and non-CAS).  Also included is an update to new and proposed non-assurance standards including compilation engagements.  For standards effective 2019 and subsequent periods.  

1h
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Jennifer McCann
$99
$129

What You Need to Know - Review Engagements CSRE 2400

In this course we will cover the key requirements for performing a review engagement under CSRE 2400 using a 6 step approach to an effective and efficient review engagement.

1h
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Jennifer McCann
$59
$129

Enhanced Auditor Reporting

Effective for periods ending on or after December 2018, the audit report has undergone some significant changes.The revised wording is expected to increase the auditor's use of professional skepticism and the quality of audit work performed.
1h
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Jennifer McCann
$49
$99

Assurance: 2018 Accounting and Assurance Update

Join us to learn about the changes made in the accounting and assurance standards.  These are changes that have been effective or issued in 2018.

Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises

Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Canadian Auditing Standards

Compliance Reporting

Compilat...

1.5h
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Jennifer McCann
$79
$149

Assurance: 2018 PEG Update - Audits and Reviews

Includes update on new auditor reporting standards

The Professional Engagement Guide 2018 is now available.  In this course we will provide an overview of the 12-step audit process and the 6 step review process as outlined in PEG.  We will cover changes to the standards and how PEG has been ...

2h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$98
$158

Assurance: What You Need to Know - PEG 2018 Audit Engagements

INCLUDES UPDATES ON THE NEW AUDITOR REPORTING STANDARDS

The 2018 Professional Engagement Guide (PEG) is now available.  This 2nd version of the PEG incorporates the requirements in the post-auditor reporting handbook which will be effective for period ends ending on or after December 15, 2018.

In ...

1h
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Jennifer McCann
$49
$129

Applying the review engagement standard using PEG 2018

In this 3-hour on-line course, you will learn how to perform a review engagement under CSRE 2400 using PEG 2018.  This is an interactive online course using case studies, sample forms and real life scenarios.

3h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$299
$459

Webinar: Compilation Standards are Changing!

The AASB has issued an exposure draft on Compilation Engagements.

CSRS 4400 - Compilation Engagements will likely significantly change how practitioners in Canada perform review engagements.

This is a recording of a live webinar where Stuart Hartley, FCPA, FCA and Jennifer McCann, CPA, CA discuss ...

1h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$49
$79

Assurance: How to Not Fail a Practice Inspection

Accounting firms conducting assurance engagements are required to develop a system of quality control, however small the firm. But what does it mean to have a system of quality control. This course will provide practical solutions for ensuring quality control at both the firm level and at the ...
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1.5h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$149
$199

Webinar: Proactive Management of Fraud Risks

This webinar provides an overview about the nature of fraud and current trends including cybercrime. Using a simple 4 step process, learn how: • your clients or organization can take steps to protect themselves from fraud • you can help to deter your clients or senior management from ...
(136)
1h
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Stuart Hartley
$59
$79

Assurance: Documentation: An Introduction

Practitioners are always required to prepare appropriate engagement documentation. Such documentation provides a record of work performed and evidence that the engagement was planned and performed in accordance with professional standards. In this course you will learn the importance of good ...
(98)
1.5h
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Jennifer McCann
$149
$199

Assurance: Attending an Inventory Count

This course prepares junior staff members for their first inventory count. Through interactive scenarios, you will learn why we perform inventory counts, the importance of planning, and what to do at the count itself. The course also addresses some of the issues that may arise, the importance of ...
(35)
2h
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Jennifer McCann
$199
$259

Assurance: Fraud - The Auditor's Role in Prevention and Detection

In this session you will: 1. learn about the impact of fraud, who commits fraud and why 2. Watch the reactions of an auditor whose major client has just been accused of fraud 3. Address the auditors responsibility for fraud. In particular you will learn how to: • comply with the many ...
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3h
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Stuart Hartley
$299
$359

Practice Aids


PEG 2019 - Focus on Forms - Audit and Review

Save with this package of online and on-demand videos that includes the key audit and review engagements performed under PEG 2019.


5h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$349
$698

Focus on Forms - PEG 2019 Review

On-demand videos for each of the key PEG 2019 review forms. 

Learn how to use and complete the PEG 2019 forms on a form-by-form basis. Each video is approximately 5-7 minutes and illustrates how to document evidence and discussions using examples in the PEG 2019 review forms.

Also ...

1h
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Jennifer McCann
$129
$199

Focus on Forms - PEG 2019 - Audit

On-demand videos for each of the key PEG 2019 audit forms. 

Learn how to use and complete the PEG forms on a form-by-form basis. Each video is approximately 5-7 minutes and illustrates how to document audit evidence and discussions using examples in the PEG 2019 audit forms.

Additionally...

4h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$299
$399

Focus on Forms - Free Sample Video

SAMPLE VIDEO - Focus on Forms 2019


Focus on Form 2019 are on-demand videos for each of the key PEG 2019 audit and/or review forms. 

Learn how to use and complete the PEG forms on a form-by-form basis. Each video is approximately 5-7 minutes and illustrates how to document audit evidence and ...

0h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
Free

Excel Skills

Excel - Extended Package

Get all 13 of our current Excel courses at a substantial savings!


26h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$520
$2054

Pragmatic Excel: The Basics

This package includes the following 4 Introductory level Pragmatic Excel courses:

  • Error Prompts
  • Introduction to Lookup Functions
  • Table Features
  • Introduction to Pivot Tables


8h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$199
$1592

Pragmatic Excel: Beyond the Basics

This package includes the following 8 intermediate level Pragmatic Excel courses:

Minimizing Errors
Six Ways to Sum
Budget Spreadsheets
Automating Financial Statements
Logic Functions
VLOOKUP and Alternatives
Internal Control
Intermediate Pivot Tables
16h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$396
$1592

Pragmatic Excel - Pivot Tables Package

Many users shy away from pivot tables, thinking that specialized knowledge is required. In fact, pivot tables are one of the easiest and best features to use in Excel, as long as you follow a few simple ground rules. In no time you'll be transforming staid and/or overwhelming data sets into ...

6h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$149
$297

Pragmatic Excel: Error Prompts

Do you often get stopped in your tracks by error prompts you receive while performing seemingly simple actions in your spreadsheets? If so, you’ll find this course extremely helpful. Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, delves into the intricacies of Excel to explain why error prompts can be ...

2h
Lecturer
Multiple Lecturers
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Minimizing Errors

You’ll discover a variety of techniques and tricks you can use to create spreadsheets that are free of errors in this comprehensive on-demand webcast. Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, demonstrates how to implement Excel features and functions, such as hide and protect features, the ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Six Ways to Sum

In this comprehensive course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains six worksheet functions that can be used to sum data in Excel: SUM, SUBTOTAL, AGGREGATE, SUMIF, SUMIFS, and SUMPRODUCT. David covers the pros, cons, and limitations of each type of worksheet function suggests uses for ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Table Feature

In this comprehensive course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, provides a top-to-bottom overview of the Table feature. This valuable feature can transform the way you use Excel and increase your effectiveness. David discusses numerous opportunities to vastly improve the integrity of ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Intro to Pivot Tables

Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, will guide you through the basics of creating and using pivot tables. Many users shy away from pivot tables, thinking that specialized knowledge is required. In fact, pivot tables are one of the easist and best features to use in Excel, as long as you follow a ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Intermediate Pivot Tables

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, takes you beyond the basics of pivot tables, which are a report writing feature in Microsoft Excel. You'll see how to transform unwieldy reports into pivot table-ready lists. David will then show how you can drill down into the ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Advanced Pivot Tables

In this comprehensive on-demand webcast, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, digs deeper into pivot tables to show you step-by-step how to manipulate your pivot table data faster and more efficiently. You’ll learn how to extract data from Microsoft Access databases and other sources, minimize ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Internal Control

In this useful presentation, you’ll learn from Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, how to implement Excel’s internal control features within your spreadsheets. He explains how a variety of Excel features— Conditional Formatting, Data Validation, and custom number formats—can be used to control...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Budget Spreadsheets

Step by step, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, demonstrates how to create resilient and easy-to-maintain budget spreadsheets in this presentation. Among other techniques, David shows you how to separate inputs from calculations, build out a separate calculations spreadsheet, create both an ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Automating Financial Statements

As an alternative to building cumbersome accounting worksheets for each month of the year, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains how to use Excel functions, including VLOOKUP, OFFSET, and SUM, to quickly create accounting reports that allow you to switch to any reporting period with ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Logic Functions

In this presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, leads off with a brief discussion of the IF function in Microsoft Excel and then goes beyond the basics. You'll see how quickly nesting multiple IF functions together can go awry, as well as see alternatives, including IFNA, MINIFS, ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - Introduction to Lookup Functions

Are you looking for functions within Excel that allow you to rapidly develop accurate spreadsheets as well as look up information, such as pay rates, item prices, and accounting results? In this comprehensive course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, introduces you to several of these ...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Pragmatic Excel - VLOOKUP and Alternatives

Are you concerned about the integrity and resilience of your spreadsheets? If so, you’ll find this on-demand course extremely helpful. In part 2 of Lookup Functions, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, delves deeper into lookup functions and shares multiple troubleshooting techniques that will...

2h
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David Ringstrom
$99
$199

Accounting Skills

Accounting: ASPE - Accounting for Business Combinations

This course will provide participants with an outline of the key requirements for business combinations in accordance with Canadian Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE). This course uses various examples and case studies to illustrate the principles put into practice.
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1h
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Jennifer McCann
$119
$159

Accounting: ASPE Accounting, Part 1

This basic introduction to ASPE provides, through a real life scenario, the basic key concepts in preparing a financial statement under the accounting standards for private enterprises including recognition, measurement, valuation and presentation and disclosure requirements.
(47)
2.5h
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Jennifer McCann
$249
$299

Soft Skills and Leasdership

Designing Effective Presentations

In this engaging program, we will examine the latest in instructional design research to ensure your content and visual aids are helping your presentation delivery.  Topics include:

  • The dos and don’ts of Powerpoint
  • Pictures vs words
  • The story arc method of content design

1h
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Garth Sheriff
$99
$129

Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness for Practitioners

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the soft skill needed for finance professionals to manage their technical skills and bring them to optimal performance. 

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3h
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Nada Kamaleddine
$149
$249

Your Path to Social Leadership on Linkedin

Coming Soon!  Now in Production

This course helps you understand why you as a professional, executive or as an organization need to have a presence on LinkedIn. 


1h
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Joachim Ravoth
$49
$99

Relevant Skills: Active Brainstorming

Innovation practices can be learned and applied to many different types of CPA meetings, whether they're with your internal team members and/or external clients. Idea generation needs to be guided by a leader who can encourage all participants to contribute, and guide the development of fresh new...
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1h
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Kitty Danks
$119
$159

Relevant Skills: Making Good Inquiries

Significant time is spent in both an audit and review engagements making inquiries of management and others. In this course you will learn five key principles necessary for performing an effective client interview. These include preparing for an interview, listening to what you are told, ...
(111)
1.5h
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Stuart Hartley
$149
$199

Tax Skills

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1. Register For Package or Individual Courses

Each FocusCPD Course and Package has been designed by a Canadian CPA or industry expert and is professionally produced.

2. Answer a Quiz or Activity

Following each FocusCPD lesson, participants will answer a few key questions to ensure the new skills or information shared are understood. Access to each package or individual course are provided for 365 days (1 License). Multi-licenses available.

3. Get Verifiable Certificate

FocusCPD Certificates are valid for all Canadian CPA bodies including but not limited to CPA Canada or the Provincial Bodies.