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November 9 - 10, 2023 Live Webcast

Beginning In-Charge Staff Training - Level III (E2311711)

8:45 AM - 4:30 PM EDT each day

Registration: 8:30 AM EDT


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12.5 CPE Credits in AA
3.5 CPE Credits in MT


Improve your planning, review, audit and other engagement skills. Master techniques for effective communication with clients and colleagues in part three of this five-course series. Discover the secrets to planning and efficiently completing engagements, explore methods for assuming higher levels of responsibility, develop your ability to assess risk and materiality and learn to make non-statistical sampling decisions. Designed to offer audit staff members extensive training in crucial procedural, evaluative and supervisory areas. All of AHI's courses rely heavily on participant interaction and these virtual programs have co-opted many of Zoom’s features to preserve the same strengths of the in-person training: visual interaction between the instructor and all participants (plan to be "on screen" throughout the program,) breakout rooms to ensure small group engagement and instructor interaction screen share for small group presentations easy delivery of video presentations fillable PDF for online note-taking in the course materials,


Staff with 2 to 3 years experience


Prepare experienced staff to advance quickly take on more responsibility and become more profitable to their firms through better planning and supervision of staff and communications with the firm's mgmt.


  • What is Expected of the In–Charge: Participants first build a composite list of the responsibilities of an effective in–charge based on their firms’ practices. The list is then used as a basis for discussing the kinds of actions that participants can take to improve their chances for achieving success in their firms.
  • Plan Engagements: The in–charge’s responsibilities for engagement planning are the focal points for this session. The steps that should be followed in proper planning are identified through the use of a case. This is followed by a discussion of the deterrents to planning that exist in actual practice and identification of ways to partially or fully overcome the deterrents. The emphasis in the entire planning session is on how to plan more effectively in order to improve the efficiency and quality of the engagement.
  • Assess Risk and Materiality: The major case in this module requires participants to (1) determine planning and performance materiality (2) assess engagement risk, inherent risk and control risk and then (3) link these results to the audit procedures needed to reduce detection risk for specific accounts to an appropriate level. Emphasis is placed on minimizing engagement cost while still performing a high-quality audit. The final case requires participants to assess the risk of fraud, including conducting a fraud brainstorming session for a typical client.
  • Nonstatistical Audit Sampling: Nonstatistical audit sampling concepts are typically difficult for participants to apply to audit engagements. This module begins with a discussion on properly applying audit standards. In a case continued from the previous module, participants practice making correct sampling decisions for the audit of one major financial statement account. The final case illustrates the concept of projecting sample misstatements to the population, including the consideration of sampling error.
  • Meet Client Needs: One purpose of this session is to illustrate the four primary elements of effective selling and how these elements can be used by in-charges to help the firm sell additional services to existing clients. A general discussion is held about how to use management letters as a client relations and sales tool.
  • Complete Engagements: Inexperienced in–charges typically have difficulty completing an engagement. This session is designed to give them ideas and teach them how to do a better job in that area. Early problem identification, tying up loose ends throughout the engagement, early review of assistants’ work and self-review are stressed as ways to reduce completing-the-engagement difficulties.
  • Review Assistants’ Work: This session emphasizes identifying objectives and developing a methodology in reviewing assistants’ working papers. Early review, proper documentation and effective communication of review notes are essential parts of the discussion. A major case provides practice in reviewing a section of a set of working papers.
  • Supervision: Supervision and motivation of assistants is introduced in this program to help participants understand the importance of good supervision and to teach them some on-the-job supervision techniques. Fundamental characteristics of good supervisors and common characteristics found in poor supervisors are identified through a series of short case studies.




2 to 3 years experience




Bonnie Kennedy

Bonnie Kennedy, CPA

Kaplan Financial Education, Powered by Loscalzo

Bonnie has nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting profession in public and private industry. She began in public practice with a regional accounting firm in New England before taking a position as the Controller and CFO of a manufacturing firm. Bonnie is now a full-time faculty member at an accredited university. With the regional CPA firm, Bonnie was involved in recruiting, interviewing, and mentoring new staff. She also designed and conducted CPE programs for the firm. After initial exposure to taxation and attestation work, Bonnie specialized in audits of manufacturing companies and not-for-profit entities. She has taught accounting and auditing courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, published articles in scholarly journals, and presented at national conferences. Bonnie is a member of the AICPA and the Rhode Island Society of CPAs.


$595.00 - Member

$745.00 - Nonmember

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