“… We use the CCH® Learning and Development Academy — School of Audit. Our staff appreciates the training we provide them. It is applicable to what they do daily. Especially right out of school, we start them in the new hire training …. By the time they’ve had a full year of experience … they go to additional training…”
Jacqueline B. Lee, CPA and Partner of Assurance at Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP shared that recently in a Wolters Kluwer case study.
Why should what Mengel Metzger shared be important to you? Because, the fact is that college graduates hired by CPA firms straight out of school typically know very little about conducting an audit. Additionally, firms must focus on educating the entire audit team to address the ongoing talent-retention issue. That makes this important to you, or should, because finding the best programs available for everyone on your audit team is critical, including new hires, experienced staff, seniors and experienced seniors. Hence, the School of Audit is worth investigating because it provides exactly that.
Academy School of Audit – Awesome vs. Average
The School of Audit is unique. To start, with four (4) role-based program to choose from, the school’s curriculum progresses an auditor to each level as they become more experienced. Secondly, these programs surpass what competitors and in-house courses can offer because delivery is a triple-combination approach. Attendees’ experience:
- Real life workflow – The classroom setup mirrors the real-life environment of an auditor so that students can easily transition what they learned once back at their own desk.
- Case study exercises – Scenarios simulate real-world situations to engage students in complex thinking and ensure working knowledge.
- Dedicated learning professionals – Unlike any other programs, in-house or otherwise, attendees of the Academy School of Audit work directly with instructors who are experienced in external auditing and dedicated to successfully educating audit professionals.
Finally, Academy programs also deliver in three critical-skills areas:
- Critical Skill #1 – software training
- Critical Skill #2 – technical knowledge
- Role-based approach for just the right balance of technical audit content
- Critical Skill #3 – public accounting professional skills
- Poor, or under‑developed, professional skills can derail a career just as quickly as inadequate technical skills; understanding expectations of exemplary public accounting firm employees is vital
In conclusion, I ask you this. Would you rather spend your dollars and your employees’ time on average programs or on awesome programs? To learn more about the Academy School of Audit programs, visit the website today and sign up for 2017 courses most convenient for you.