Internal controls form a complex system that involves the collaboration of the board of directors, the audit committee, internal and external auditors, risk management personnel, investigators, operations personnel and others. This online self-study course will explore the key roles in preventive controls and essential components of internal control, inherent limitations of internal controls and much more.
You Will Learn How To:
Ascertain why preventive controls are critical
Identify fraud risk and the types of controls needed to mitigate fraud risk
Recall the structure of the COSO Internal Control Framework and interpret its various elements
Recognize specific fraud schemes and determine which preventive controls can be applied to prevent each scheme
Identify preventive controls for an organization as a whole
Recognize limitations to an internal control environment
Field of study: Auditing
Last updated: December 2015
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Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.
Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: Why Preventive Controls Are Critical
Lesson 2: Fraud Risk and Effects on the Control Environment
Lesson 3: Types of Controls
Lesson 4: Preventive Controls for Information Technology
Lesson 5: Key Roles and Responsibilities of Internal Control
Lesson 6: Internal Control Model
Lesson 7: Legal Requirements for Anti-Fraud Controls
Lesson 8: Major Categories of Fraud Schemes
Lesson 9: Financial Statement Fraud Schemes and Preventive Controls
Lesson 10: Asset Misappropriation Fraud Schemes and Preventive Controls
Lesson 11: Corruption Schemes and Preventive Controls
Lesson 12: Computer Crime Schemes
Lesson 13: Organizational Controls
Lesson 14: Inherent Limitations of Internal Control
Lesson 15: Continuous Controls Monitoring
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