Professional Development

ASK KSA professional development courses are unique in their nature as they are hands-on and interactive. The full slate of courses cover both technical topics and the soft skills that are required to run a successful practice. We offer live interactive on-line workshops, recorded webinars and customized in-house training courses. Every session provides real-word examples along with tools, templates and tips to help practitioners understand and apply the standards in a practical and efficient manner.

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Path to Implementation – CSRS 4200

The new standard CSRS 4200 Compilation Engagements has been issued and is expected to have a significant impact on your practice. Learn how to implement the new standard in an effective and efficient manner through recognizing where business decisions are required, determining the approach to meeting requirements and developing an action plan between now and the effective date.


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Putting Ethics into Practice

While there are many ethics courses available, this workshop is distinctive in its focus on practitioners in public practice and the unique issues they face. The workshop starts with the underlying concepts of ethics and ethical decision-making moving into understanding the Code of Professional Conduct and independence matters. The workshop also addresses fraud risk including incorporating professional skepticism into engagements, identifying fraud indicators and developing a response when encountered.


2020 ASSURANCE AND ACCOUNTING UPDATE

This has been a busy year and many new standards have been approved. It is important to keep up to date on these changes to ensure that you are prepared and ready to implement them. In this interactive and practical session, we will review changes to Canadian Auditing Standards and Other Assurance and Related Standards and the impact they have.


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Effective and Efficient Engagements

Based on our experience, we feel the most successful approach to learning is to focus on the standards. Our courses have been developed with a “top to bottom approach” review of CAS and/or CSRE. Understanding the requirements sets the foundation for completing the tools and checklists that demonstrate the standards have been met. The objective is help practitioners perform an engagement that meets the standards effectively using an efficient approach to save time.


PUTTING ESSENTIAL SKILLS INTO PRACTICE

While technical skills are required in practice and the knowledge to interpret and apply standards is critical, it is only one part of being a strong practitioner. Other “soft” skills are just as critical. It is these essential skills that allow practitioners to effectively work with clients, staff and colleagues, manage their time efficiently and problem solve. This course will help practitioners develop these essential skills.


Analytical Review – The 5-Step Approach

Performing a substantive analytical review procedure is not the same as variance analysis however they are often thought of as the same resulting in insufficient work and inappropriate conclusions. When performing assurance engagements it is critical to apply the right procedure to arrive at the appropriate conclusion. This course will help you do just that by reviewing the requirements of analytical procedures along with how to set expectations and document the results to save time.

Any course offered can be tailored to meet specific in-house training needs to help save time and achieve peace of mind.




Here's What Past Participants are Saying... 

"Thank you for delivering the online presentation of CSRS 4200. I am very pleased with what received out of the session.The presentation was professional and the materials provided were excellent. We take away quality resources which will help us implement our firm action plan to implement this standard."
 
"Thanks for the session yesterday Kirsten. It was really helpful."
 
"The tools we received during the session were so good. I know have a much better understanding of the standard and what I am going to do to implement it at my firm. Now that I have a clear path I don't think it will be as bad as I originally thought."
 
"This is the most difficult time to make a good change for the profession but I feel it will not be perceived well. I will be blaming the accounting Gods but, because of people like you who do good things for the profession I know, we will be better for it down the road."
 
"Thanks Kirsten – this workshop was really great!"