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A Complete Solution for Your Audit Training Needs

The challenge of providing high-quality, comprehensive training for your audit staff comes to an end with the regularly enhanced Audit Staff Essentials. This state-of-the-art CPE curriculum is offered in both virtual instructor-led and online self-study formats that make it convenient for you and your staff in a time when your learning needs may have had to change.

The program provides comprehensive coverage of the duties staff typically perform at each step in their careers. It includes the core concepts that are key and provides hands-on application for each topic. Also covered are the non-technical communication and critical thinking skills that are vital to today’s CPA. The information is delivered through a variety of methods—including audio, visual, hands-on exercises, knowledge checks and tests—in order to boost comprehension and retention of the learning. This curriculum provides training for four experience levels, including:

Level 1 - New Staff: Core Concepts

Level 1 of Audit Staff Essentials is designed to build foundational knowledge of audit concepts and techniques for new staff. Ideally this level is taken with Level 2, which focuses on practical application of key concepts.

Level 2 - New Staff: Practical Application

Audit Staff Essentials Level 2 focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to perform duties commonly assigned to first-year audit staff. Staff will gain key learnings about the audit process, including practical, hands-on training on internal controls, substantive testing, fraud considerations, analytical procedures, and much more.

Level 3 - Experienced Staff/New In-Charge

In this level staff learn how to apply best practices for increasingly advanced audit topics. From broad concepts to application-based discussions, this level explores the content areas that distinguish a well-rounded audit professional.

Level 4 - Experienced In-Charge/Senior

Designed specifically for senior auditors, Level 4 training provides information and best practices that focus on increasingly advanced audit topics. From broad concepts, such as risk assessment, to application-based discussions of topics, including revenue recognition estimates and fair value measurement, this program provides the comprehensive coverage needed for a well-rounded audit professional.

Discounts & Group Training

PCPS Members Discount
Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) members save an additional 10% on Audit Staff Essentials. Simply log into this website with your AICPA member user account, and click here to obtain the discount code to enter during checkout. Should you have any questions or encounter any issues, please contact the AICPA Service Center at 888-777-7077 or

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Group Training
Discounts are available when registering 5 or more individuals. Call 800.634.6780 (option 1) for more information or complete a brief online form.

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NOTE: If you wish to enroll PCPS members in your group purchase, you must speak with a representative to ensure that section discounts are applied.