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Best Practices for a Quicker Financial Close

  • Accountant
  • CPA/ABV
  • CPA (CA)
  • CPA/CFF
  • CFE
  • CGFM
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • CA - ICAEW
  • CFA
  • IAP
  • QIAL
  • ACCA
  • CIPM
  • CBA/MCBA
  • FPAC
  • CA - Ireland
  • CA - Scotland
  • CPA - Ireland
  • CFIRS
  • CWS
  • Course Description
  • Course Qualification
  • Presenter
  • FAQ

Course Description

Course Description

Ever wondered why controllers are so keen on attaining a faster close process? This is because the best measure of controller efficiency is the accuracy and promptness of the financial close process.

The pressure on the finance function has never been higher to deliver financial results as soon as possible after the period. Having a fast and efficient close process allows the finance team to not only present the figures through reports rather become well-positioned to execute high-yielding activities that can help propel the business toward success.

Managers, analysts, Boards, and investors are digesting market information in real-time and are beginning to expect the same financial results. To meet these high expectations, the CFO and controller need to find ways to speed up their financial close processes to report the financial results before they become perceived as old news in the new world.

If achieving a faster close process was easy, all organizations would have done it. As you may very well know, this is easier said than done. Many organizations struggle with achieving a faster close without needing to increase staffing levels because for most companies their end-to-end financial process is marred with inaccuracies needing validation and tasks requiring manual input.

The financial close process includes income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flow, operational metrics, analyses of certain reports, forecasting, and scenario simulations among other things.

In this online CPE/CPD course, Blair Cook a many-time CFO will discuss and explore ideas for shortening the financial close process. 

Leading companies have found ways to close their books in as little one day and see the benefit of almost real-time analysis (in addition to the actual period financial data) that can be performed with a shorter close.  If you are closing your books and circulating your financial results beyond that, then you may benefit from attending this webinar.

Major topics covered in this online CPE webinar:

  • Challenges with achieving the fast close.
  • Ideas for speeding up your close process.
  • Change management principles to speed up the close process.

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Learning Objectives

  • To identify the rationale for achieving a fast close.
  • To analyze the barriers that stand in the way of a fast close.
  • To discuss strategies for achieving the fast close using people, processes, and technology solutions.
  • To recognize how to use a change management approach to improve the financial close process.

Recommended For

  • This online CPE webinar is recommended for CPA, CMA, and Other Accounting and Finance Professionals desiring to learn best practices for a quicker financial close process.
  • This CPD course is also recommended for Canadian CPAs who want to explore ideas for shortening the financial close process.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounts Director
  • Assistant Controllers
  • Business Owner
  • CEO
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • CFO/Controller
  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Director of Accounting
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Pros
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPD Credit of Accounting for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting & Auditing for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit of Accounting for Accountant/Bookkeeper/Tax Professionals
  • 1 CPD Credit of Financial Reporting for Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • 1 CPD Credit of Financial Reporting for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial Accounting for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial accounting for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 1 CPD Credit for CA - ICAEW
  • 1 PL Credit of Accounting for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)
  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 1 PL Credit of Accounting for Certificate In Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial accounting for Certified Business Appraiser/Master Certified Business Appraiser (CBA/MCBA)
  • 1 CRE Credit of Financial accounting concepts for Certified Corporate FP&A Professional (FPAC)
  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Ireland (CAI)
  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Scotland
  • 1 CPD Credit for CPA - Ireland

Additional details

  • Course Level :
    Basic
  • Credits :
    1
  • Instructional Method :
    Group Internet Based
  • Pre-requisites :
    None
  • Advance Preparation :
    None

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Presenter

About Presenter

Blair Cook, CPA (US), CA - ICAEW, MBA

Partner, Executive Finance Partner Inc.

Blair is a many-time and active financial executive, corporate director, author, speaker, and thought leader.  His educational videos of accounting and finance have million of views on YouTube. He has keynoted and spoken at national conferences from New York to Toronto. Along with Jen, he co-hosts CPA Canada’s podcast series “CPA Success Podcast.” He works with real businesses experimenting with theories and best practices to share his experiences and stories with others of what works, what doesn’t, and what was learned.  He is the author of The Illiterate Executive: An Executive’s Handbook for Mastering Financial Acumen.


About Company

Executive Finance Partner Inc.

www.executivefinance.ca/

Executive Finance Partners is a globally focused professional development, strategic consulting, and thought leadership firm. We are a group of passionate financial executives and professional corporate directors focused on development of aspiring finance executives.

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Ratings and Review

4.4

33 Ratings

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Carissa Birschbach, CPA (US)

Mar 15th, 2022

Good, concrete examples and steps

JK

Janine Konopko, CPA (US)

Mar 1st, 2021

About 80% into the course, I received an onscreen message that said something like: "an error has occurred, the system is rebooting." The seminar then started again from the beginning. Not a great result....

CG

Chailynn Gould, CPA (US)

Dec 27th, 2021

The content was good, but the length was not. This is a 1 credit course, yet the instructor went over into the next hour by about 7 minutes and didn't give the last poll question until the very end. Either he needs to cut his content down or this course needs to be 1.5 credits instead. I was going to join another course right after this one, but his going over prevented me from being able to do that. I find this very frustrating.

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