Thomson Reuters has introduced the Checkpoint Learning Forensic Accounting Certificate Programfor CPAs and other accounting and audit professionals to help them build competencies in forensic investigation, related process, and litigation support while earning continuing professional education credits.

Delivered via CPEasy, part of the Checkpoint Learning portfolio of Thomson Reuters, this program focuses on forensic accounting engagement, auditing for fraud prevention, detection, and response, litigation support, and dispute resolution.

It includes family law and testifying as an expert witness, reconstructing income and the calculation of damages, interviews and interrogations, and investigation techniques and sources of information.

“In the current business environment, fraud is pervasive, creating an environment where no entity or individual is immune to the potential financial devastation,” said Ken Koskay, senior vice president of learning solutions with the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, in a statement. “Entities in all industries are responding by hiring professionals with the education, skills and experience to detect and deter fraud.”

The curriculum contributes to the educational qualifications needed to provide testimony as an expert witness for litigation under Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence. The rule requires that the expert’s technical knowledge must help the judge understand the evidence and reliably apply the principles and methods to the facts of the case. The instructions provided in this course will help forensic accounting professionals stay current in the dynamic field of forensic accounting.

Candidates who successfully complete the course work and comprehensive final exam will earn a Checkpoint Learning Forensic Accounting Competency Certificate and approximately 32 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit. Upon completion of this course, candidates may also apply the credits towards earning other forensic accounting designations, such as the Certified in Forensic Accounting as designated by the AICPA, the Certified Fraud Examiners as designated by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and others.

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