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AuditWatch University

Develop your audit staff from entry-level to senior management with seven levels of progressive training.

Training for every level of audit professional

Choose the education that matches each professional's experience, and prepares them for the next step in their career

Level 1:  Basic Staff Training

Course details

This session helps new auditors get off to a great start, introducing them to the auditing field and basic audit responsibilities. The course includes case studies in common audit areas typically completed by staff accountants and provides an overview of how each area fits into the big picture.

Duration: Three Days
Prerequisite: Less than 1 Year Experience
Level of Instruction: Basic
Delivery Method: Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits: 24 Credits in person; 18 Credits virtual
Field of Study: Accounting, Auditing, Communications & Marketing
Price: $540


  • December 1-3, 2020
  • January 12-14, 2021

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

Responsibilities of Staff Accountants

  • Describe key differences between types of engagements (audits, reviews, compilations and preparations) and the performance of accounting services
  • Recognize the purpose of an audit
  • Distinguish between attest procedures and assurance procedures
  • Describe tips for professionalism in the role of the staff auditor
  • More confidently execute your role and responsibility as an effective engagement team member

Workpapers and Documentation

  • Explain the requirements of AU-C 230, Audit Documentation
  • Create, organize, and prepare audit workpapers

Introduction to the Audit Plan

  • Describe the key phases of the audit plan
  • List basic requirements of risk assessment procedures
  • Discuss how to gain an "understanding" of the client's internal controls, including the performance of walkthroughs
  • Discuss the objectives and contents of the key planning forms
  • Identify ways auditors obtain audit evidence through the performance of accepted audit procedures

Analytical Procedures

  • Describe the purpose of an analytical procedure
  • Characterize the role of analytical procedures in audits and reviews
  • Identify the key steps in performing substantive analytics
  • Properly document substantive analytics

Common Audit Areas

  • Identify and explain the audit objectives and audit risks
  • Perform common audit procedures and explain how the procedures address documented risks and assertions

Level 2: Experienced Staff Training

Course details

This session introduces auditors to the complete audit process and plan. It focuses on ways for staff and senior accountants to significantly participate in the risk assessment procedures, including efforts surrounding internal controls. In addition, significant time is spent on performance of further audit procedures, including test details such as sampling, auditing estimates, and analytical procedures. Finally, the course includes discussions of select technical accounting, auditing, advanced documentation, and business skills.

Duration: Three Days
Prerequisite: 1-2 Years Experience
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits: 24 Credits in person; 18 Credits virtual
Field of Study: Accounting, Auditing
Price: $720


  • December 1-3

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

The Audit Plan

  • Assist the team in gaining, updating, and documenting their understanding of the entity and its environment, including internal controls
  • Begin to better identify and document risks of material misstatement using an understanding of the entity and its environment, including internal controls
  • Participate more confidently in the risk assessment process

Sampling & Other Substantive Tests of Detail

  • Describe various tests of details
  • Describe common audit approaches when using tests of details
  • Select the appropriate audit approach
  • Plan and implement the selected approach, including nonstatistical sampling

Financial Reporting

  • Prepare a statement of cash flows
  • List and identify common issues encountered while preparing and updating the financial statements

Auditing Estimates and Accruals

  • Identify common estimates and accruals

  • List three general approaches to auditing estimates

  • Determine the approach most likely to be selected for a given estimate

Substantive Analytical Procedures

  • Apply the principles of performing substantive analytical procedures

  • Analyze differences from expectations

  • Properly document substantive analytics

Fundamentals of Audit Documentation

  • List the requirements of AU-C 230, Audit Documentation
  • Identify ways to meet the audit "reperformability" standard
  • Explain the difference between required and optional documentation
  • Describe the difference between evidence and documentation

Accounting and Review Services

  •     Describe the differences between compilation, review and preparation engagements
  •     List and communicate management’s responsibilities versus the accountant’s responsibilities
  •     Summarize the requirements in each type of engagement
           ◦ Performance
           ◦ Documentation
           ◦ Reporting

Introduction to Employee Benefit Plan Auditing

  • List audit procedures performed in employee benefit plan audits
  • Describe differences between financial statement and employee benefit plan audits
  • Identify unique compliance auditing requirements for employee benefit plans

Level 3: Beginning In-Charge Training

Course details

This session prepares auditors to take in-field responsibility for an audit engagement. It mixes discussion with case studies to provide an in-depth look at designing and completing the key steps in an audit. There is heavy focus on completing the risk assessment procedures and making appropriate risk assessments. We include case study work on understanding, evaluating, and verifying a client’s activity level controls within key business cycles. This session also includes multiple interrelated modules on key business skills used by in-charge accountants, including supervising individuals and reviewing files.

Duration: Three Days
Prerequisite:  2-3 Years Experience
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits: 24 Credits in person; 18 Credits virtual
Field of Study: Auditing, Communications & Marketing
Price: $720


  • November 17-19
  • December 1-3
  • January 11-13 (2021)

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

Reviewing Workpapers

  • List the requirements of AU-C 230, Audit Documentation
  • Describe the purpose of a detailed review
  • Perform a detailed review
  • Write productive review notes

Planning Your Audit

  • Gain an understanding of the entity and its environment, including internal controls
  • Assess risks of material misstatement at the overall and assertion levels
  • Facilitate an engagement team meeting
  • Design sufficient and appropriate audit procedures to respond to the assessed risks

Communication Skills

  • List challenges to good communication
  • Clearly communicate to staff and others
  • Listen actively to increase understanding of essential information

Super Staff Supervision

  • Describe the importance of effective supervision
  • Identify and apply different teaching methods
  • Describe the need for and the process of delegation

Effective Analytics

  • Describe the principles of designing great substantive analytical procedures
  • List common sources for developing independent expectations
  • Document results of substantive analytical procedures

Engagement Tips

  • List key principles for creating effective “prepared by client” lists
  • List efficient engagement wrap-up techniques and describe in what situations they might be most effective
  • Describe basic engagement economic terms and concepts

Level 4: Experienced In-Charge Training

Course details

This course moves experienced auditors beyond the basics. It builds upon experiences with running engagements and provides insights and best practices on supervising, motivating, and evaluating team members. The course challenges experienced auditors to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their audit engagements through exercises and case studies on common audit scenarios. It also provides an in-depth look at audit tasks typically performed by more experienced team members, such as evaluating design of controls, responding to risks, designing audit programs, and tests of controls.

Duration:  Three Days
Prerequisite:  3-4 Years Experience
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Delivery Method:  Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits:  24 Credits in person; 18 Credits virtual
Field of Study:  Auditing
Price: $720


  • November 16-18
  • December 8-10
  • January 5-7 (2021)

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

Advanced Topics in Audit Planning

  • Identify critical auditing concepts to teach to engagement team members
  • Identify more complex areas in planning that impact the entire audit engagement
  • Effectively and efficiently gain an “understanding” of internal controls
  • Share best practices in facilitating planning meetings
  • Leverage budgets to maximize realization and firm profits
  • Describe techniques to more effectively communicate engagement status

Creating and Modifying Audit Programs

  • Evaluate audit procedures for effectiveness in achieving audit goals
  • Facilitate the development and customization of further audit procedures

The Supervision Competency

  • Define competency and list its components
  • Share, reflect upon, and self-assess supervisory skills
  • Address concerns and challenges, including:
            ◦ Selecting an appropriate leadership style
            ◦ Managing subordinates
            ◦ Providing oral and written feedback to staff

Considering and Designing Tests of Controls

  • Determine when to test operating effectiveness of controls
  • List methods available to test controls
  • Design tests of controls

Designing Better Analytics

  • Evaluate analytics for effectiveness in achieving audit goals and efficiency opportunities
  • Document results of substantive analytical procedures

Identifying and Responding to Fraud Risks

  • List common fraud risks at small companies
  • Design tailored audit responses to fraud risks
  • Identify specific tests to search for fraud
  • Consider the use of technology in fraud responses

Evaluating, Concluding, and Reporting

  • Evaluate misstatements and control deficiencies and perform required responses
  • Explain the requirements of, evaluate and report in compliance with AU-C Section 265, Communicating Internal Control Related Matters
  • List resources that generate insightful management letter comments
  • Use a structured model to draft control deficiencies and business advice comments for management

Auditing Revenue

  • Understand the basic GAAP guidance around recognizing, measuring and disclosing revenue
  • Recognize risks of material misstatement related to revenue recognition
  • Apply professional standards in devising an audit strategy to audit revenue transactions

Level 4.5:  Beyond In-Charge

Course details

This course prepares experienced auditors to take the next step in their development as engagement and firm leaders.  Building on the concepts introduced in Level 4: Experienced In-Charge Training, the course challenges auditors to champion the audit process by developing efficient audit plans, managing the audit process, working with clients, dealing with complex accounting and audit issues. Course material also addresses key issues in performing review and compilation engagements, using special purpose frameworks, and recognizing advanced financial reporting issues.

Duration:  Three Days
Prerequisite:  4-5 Years Experience 
Level of Instruction:  Intermediate
Delivery Method:  Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits:  24 Credits in person; 18 Credits virtual
Field of Study:  Auditing, Accounting, Communication & Marketing, Personal Development
Price:  $720


  • December 15-17

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

Project Management Tools for Auditors

  • Define the common phases of a project in the public accounting environment
  • Describe basic Lean Six Sigma concepts
  • Manage a remote engagement
  • List actions and strategies for better management of your audits and projects

Meeting Effectiveness

  • Share techniques to improve meeting effectiveness and efficiency
  • Make your meetings more productive
  • Build consensus, handle conflict and keep meetings on track

Delegation and Motivation

  • Influence peers and team members to share your responsibilities
  • Exhibit greater competence and confidence in assigning work and responsibilities
  • Empower and motivate staff to handle more difficult assignments

Attest Services for Smaller Entities

  • List and describe considerations as a reviewer for Review, Compilation, and Preparation engagements
  • Describe engagement and reporting differences for Special Purpose Frameworks
  • Recognize efficiency considerations related to Compilations, Reviews, Preparation, and Special Purpose Framework engagements

Audit Efficiency Best Practices

  • Describe and teach basic audit concepts to staff
  • Perform more efficient and effective engagements
  • Share ideas with your firm and with your teams to look at engagements in different ways

Recognizing Financial Reporting, Auditing, and Accounting Issues

  • Recognize when complex technical issues might indicate a risk of material misstatement
  • List and describe ways to identify technical auditing and accounting issues early to improve efficiencies
  • List and describe significant new accounting or auditing pronouncements and the audit risks they may introduce

Advanced Topics in Audit Sampling

  • List commonly used sampling units
  • Effectively and efficiently stratify a sample population
  • Evaluate errors and sampling results
  • Consider sampling risk to make audit conclusions
  • Describe how to sample income statement accounts

General Planning and Completion Procedures

  • Apply advanced concepts in performing General Auditing Procedures
  • Recognize requirements related to commitments, contingencies, related parties, subsequent events, going concern, and more
  • Discuss additional general planning considerations

Level 5: Moving Beyond In-Charge

Course details

In this course, participants enhance and reach beyond technical expertise to develop critical managerial skills to further their firm's success. In the professional development area, participants learn results-oriented leadership skills to better manage multiple engagements and teams. The course also includes leadership, presentation skills, advanced communication, collaborative negotiation, business development, and goal setting and prioritization. In the technical expertise area, participants become familiar with advanced audit issues and learn tips for reviewing audit work, developing the audit strategy, and reporting.

Duration:  Three Days
Prerequisite:  5+ Years Experience
Level of Instruction:  Advanced
Delivery Method:  Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits:  24 Credits in person; 18 Credits virtual
Field of Study:  Personal Development, Communications & Marketing, Auditing, Personnel/Human Resources
Price:  $720


  • December 14-16

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

Goal-Setting and Prioritization

  • Identify personal time management techniques
  • Practice techniques to more effectively identify, rank and choose priorities
  • Learn and apply a structured model to set and achieve goals

I Am a Leader

  • Recognize your role as a leader
  • Self-assess your leadership style
  • Identify ways to improve your personal leadership skills
  • Identify ways to become a better mentor/coach

Collaborative Negotiation

  • Describe and apply collaborative negotiation skills that enable business success
  • Learn skills to handle challenging conversations

Business Development Skills

  • Identify the three primary practice development goals
  • Learn ways to retain existing clients and expand product/service offerings to them
  • Explore techniques to create new business opportunities
  • List best practices for creating a personal client development plan

Presentation Skills

  • List and explore the characteristics of effective presenters
  • Use proven techniques to organize and deliver engaging presentations

Developing the Overall Audit Strategy

  • Assist in the development of the overall audit strategy
  • Better understand various components of the overall audit strategy, including group audit strategy, using the work of others, testing internal controls and performing interim procedures

Reviewing the Audit

  • List and describe the professional standards related to engagement audit quality and review
  • Describe the roles of engagement reviewers
  • Identify engagement technical review strategies to maximize audit quality and efficiency

Special Audit Issues

  • List and describe matters that give rise to special audit issues
  • List strategies to identify and address issues early in the audit process
  • Identify the professional standards related to areas that give rise to advanced special audit issues

Reporting on Audits, Reviews and Compilations

  • Modify the auditor’s opinion and the accountant’s review and compilation reports
  • Add emphasis-of-matter and other-matter paragraphs

Level 6: Developing the Executive Within

Course details

This course develops individuals who consistently interact and manage at the executive level. By learning and applying a variety of methods, participants enhance their effectiveness as emerging executives. Participants also explore how to increase their technical and managerial contributions to their firm through higher-level performance. By analyzing the concept of executive presence, participants discover why it is such a critical component of business success and career advancement.

Duration:  Two Days
Prerequisite:  6+ Years to Partners
Level of Instruction:  Advanced
Delivery Method:  Group-Live or Group Internet Based
CPE Credits:  16 Credits
Field of Study:  Personal Development, Personnel/Human Resources, Communications & Marketing
Price:  $720


  • December 7-8

Learning objectives

After the session, participants should be able to:

Using Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Success

  • Recognize the main components of Emotional Intelligence (EI)
  • Practice EI fundamentals through a series of interactive discussions and exercises after an in-depth self-assessment
  • Explain how EI is applied to enhance work relationships, performance and productivity

The Multi-Generational Workplace

  • Understand the generations that make up the current workforce
  • Explore key differences, characteristics and behaviors of each generation
  • Learn techniques and strategies for effective interactions with multi-generational teams in the public accounting environment

Performance and Talent Management

  • Identify and explore the dynamics of performance and talent management in the public accounting industry
  • Explain how to identify and develop talent in individuals to maximize their performance and professional growth
  • Gain insight on best practices to develop and retain staff

Developing Executive Presence

  • Identify the elements of Executive Presence
  • Identify the behaviors necessary to maximize interaction and communication at the executive level
  • Apply techniques learned to develop and deliver a brief, engaging executive-level presentation

Building New Business

  • Explore important concepts related to developing new business
  • Apply structured techniques to plan for and develop business growth
  • Practice the art of gaining new business through a series of interactive skill building activities