Audit Staff Essentials Level 1 - New Staff: Core Concepts

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This course is 16.00 credits
William Eskin
Facility Name
Forefront Center for Meetings & Conferences
Facility Address
404 Wyman St
Waltham, MA 02451-1212
Fields of Study
Accounting, Auditing, Staff Training
Course Level
American Institute of CPAs


William Eskin

William (Bill) I. Eskin is very active in the accounting, auditing, and fraud investigation fields in general, and the construction and surety industries in particular, where he may be best known for identifying and proving CPA malpractice. Recently, he had two books published: "Construction Contractors: Real-World Guide to Accounting & Auditing" and "Real Estate: Real-World Guide to Accounting & Auditing." Each year he also assists in the writing and reviewing of the Construction Audit Guide Alert and the Construction Industry Update. Previously, Eskin had been the Director of Financial Analysis & Investigation for the world's largest surety group. His professional experience also includes more than 12 years of experience working for various CPA firms where he specialized in construction, real estate, litigation support, and other services. He has been a Discussion Leader for various organizations where he led numerous courses, presentations, and web-casts. In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2015, he was presented with the Outstanding Discussion Leader Award. He has also been a featured speaker at the National Construction Conference, state CPA society conferences, the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, and various other organizations.
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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 – Thursday, Sep 19, 2019
8:45am – 4:30pm

In this, the first of four comprehensive Audit Staff Essentials courses, first year staff will be provided with the foundational knowledge they will need to be successful, not only on their first few engagements, but throughout their careers. The information presented in this course will plant the roots of a successful auditor and member of the firm. From introducing the audit from the perspective of the firm, rather the classroom, to understanding the dynamics of in-firm and client relationships, this course stresses the core knowledge that an auditor will need for life. Along with preparing an auditor to have early success with the firm, this course introduces concepts that auditors will need to successfully master for successful career progression. With this knowledge, and the information found in our New Staff: Practical Application offering for new staff, first year audit staff will possess the skills they will need to perform functions common to their level.


This seminar qualifies for the Workforce Training Express Fund program. The course code for this program is 1121289 Click here for more details:

Designed For

First year auditors

Course Objectives

When you complete this course you will be able to: 

  •  Understand the purpose of an audit. 
  • Understand the phases of an audit and the different types of procedures performed during each phase. 
  • Understand the functions of common working papers, including the trial balance, lead sheets, and financial statements. 
  • Identify key concepts and techniques of interpersonal behavior and communication.
  •  Recall the basics of the audit risk model, including assertions. 
  • Identify the purpose and importance of audit documentation and the fundamental principles and their application.

Major Subjects

  •  Audit basics
  •  New auditor's role in an engagement 
  •  Key communication skills 
  • Working papers and documentation 
  • Audit risk model
  • Professional Skepticism


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