Effective Use of the COSO Framework (16 CPEs)

This event qualifies for 16 CEUs

This event qualifies for 16 CPEs

This event qualifies for 16 CLPs

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Our approach for this in-person training event is to provide the relevant information which internal control professionals will need to fulfill the "Internal Control Life Cycle" using the "top-down, risk-based" approach.


We provide the background knowledge sources, advice on how to conduct risk assessments, discuss scoping, and review how to plan the assessment of an internal control framework based on COSO.


Risk management activities are the key process to determine the requirement of the ICFR assessment program. The program deliverables should lead to management's opining on the status of the internal control framework in reference to the SOX requirements.


This sixteen hour CPE course provides the internal control professional with the tradecraft skills to implement a compliance program that is consistent with COSO 2013 and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance:

  •  Introduction - Thoughts on Quality
  •  SEC ICFR Reporting
  •  Internal Control Concepts and Challenges
  •  COSO and COBIT Internal Control Frameworks
  •  Business Objectives to Risk Assessments
  •  Performing Risk Assessments within the Business Process
  •  Identifying Key Controls
  •  Assessing Design - Testing Effectiveness
  •  Evaluating Control Deficiencies and their future
  •  Opining and Certification
  •  Keys to successful ICFR assessment
  •  Building a culture of compliance
  •  Top COSO 2013 key control programs


We present the roadmap to having the skills and knowledge to work on COSO 2013 compliance. Relax, learn and enjoy expert instructor presentations, group discussions, role-playing, audit and compliance exercises, white-board diagramming and simulations. This course is designed for internal control professionals with 2-5 years of experience who want to learn the concepts, tools, and techniques to enhance their effectiveness and grow within the profession.


To register, select your desired course date below and add this class to your cart. During checkout you will complete a registration form and provide your method of payment.


Each attendee will receive 16 Auditing CPE Hours (YB). A certificate of completion will be provided.


Program Level of Understanding: Basic to Intermediate

Prerequisites: None.

Advance Preparation: A number of documents will be provided in advance.

Delivery Format: On-site Training (Group-Live); Seminar (Group-Live)

NASBA Field(s) of Study: Auditing

CPE Credits: 16, based on 50 minutes of instruction per hour

Speaker and Presenter Information

John C. Blackshire, Jr., CPA is the CEO of The Accountware Group, Inc. (TAG) of Austin, TX.  He has over 40 years of business management, internal control, software development and auditing experience.  TAG helps companies improve their business processes, implement financial systems, and comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
During John's career, he has conducted internal control audits, designed business operations, implemented automated financial systems, and created quality control methodologies.  He has written numerous articles, system user guides, presented continuing education seminars, and published booklets on best practices in accounting, finance and information technology management.

John started his professional career at KPMG as a financial auditor. His clients included insurance companies, banks, manufacturing firms and non-profits. A number of his clients were public companies.

He moved from Public Accounting into the application software business. The first software firm focused its products on the application software needs of the insurance industry. At this firm, he work in the development of new products, supporting existing products, providing consulting assistance to clients and the direct sale of software. These applications included general accounting, investment accounting, procure to pay, policy process, claims process and administrative applications. His development and support activities included designing and setup of what is now called "artificial intelligence" driven applications. One of these applications used phonics driven rules to determine the names to return from a data base to assist in policy holders services. This application was also used by the FBI to identify possible suspects within their know "criminal" data base using a phonics driven lookup.
Blackshire moved from an insurance industry focused software supplier to one that was the first to offer data base processing in the ERM space in the early 1980s. At this firm, he spend several years in the financial software business designing, supporting, consulting and selling financial systems to the cross industry marketplace. 
John received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina.  He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and helped plan their International Conference, and is a member of the international business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and the honors accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi.   John and David Marshall have been presenting informative and entertaining seminars on internal control, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance since 2004.

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Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Thu-Fri, May 26-27, 2022, 9:00am - 5:00pm


Each Attendee:  $1395.00 (Until 12/31/2022)

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Dulles, VA 20166
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