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

Published: September, 2021

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  • Course Description
  • Course Qualification
  • Presenter
  • FAQ

Course Description

Overview

  • Feeling the pressure to close faster
    3 mins
  • Ideas for achieving the fast close
    10 mins
  • Pro-close preparations
    16 mins
  • Making it happen
    28 mins
  • Institutionalize continuous improvement
    43 mins

Course Description

The pressure on the finance function has never been higher to deliver financial results as soon as possible after the period. Managers, analysts, Boards, and investors are digesting market information in real time and are beginning to expect the same of 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. 

In this webinar, Blair Cook, a many-time CFO, will explore ideas for shortening the financial close process. Leading companies have found ways to close their books in as little as 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.

Key Topics included:

  • Identify common areas that lead to inefficiency in the financial close process.
  • Strategies can be used to speed up close process.
  • Using a change management approach to getting the necessary changes implemented and have them stay implemented.

Learning Objectives

  • To identify factors that slow down the financial close process
  • To develop strategies for speeding up the financial close process.
  • To develop a plan for implementing the business process improvement addressing the change management issues.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Senior Accountant
  • Staff of Accounting Firm
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting & Auditing for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1 CPD Credit of Accounting for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial accounting for Certified Business Appraiser/Master Certified Business Appraiser (CBA/MCBA)
  • 1 CRE Credit for Certified Corporate FP&A Professional (FPAC)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Ireland (CAI)
  • 1 CPD Credit for CPA - Ireland
  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Scotland
  • 1 CPD Credit for CA - ICAEW
  • 1 CPD Credit for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 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 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 PL Credit for Certificate In Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM)
  • 1 PL Credit for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • 1 CPE Credit for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 1 CPE Credit for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)

Additional details

  • Course Level :
    Basic
  • Credits :
    1
  • Instructional Method :
    QAS Self Study
  • 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

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Carissa Birschbach, CPA (US)

Mar 15th, 2022

Good, concrete examples and steps

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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....

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