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Excel and Valid8: Enhanced Forensic Accounting and Financial Tracing

  • Accountant
  • CPA (CA)
  • CFE
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • CA - ICAEW
  • IAP
  • QIAL
  • MRTP
  • ACCA
  • MAFF
  • CA - Ireland
  • CA - Scotland
  • CPA - Ireland
  • CWS

Published: January, 2022

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Course Description


  • Document extraction best practice
    03 mins
  • Prove accuracy and completeness
    07 mins
  • Find transfers
    18 mins
  • Automated analytics
    26 mins
  • Improving the layout as per requirements in Excel tables
    33 mins
  • Speeding up the creation of Pivot Tables
    38 mins
  • Questions and queries
    40 mins

Course Description

Forensic accounting utilizes accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to examine the finances of an individual or business. It provides an accounting analysis suitable to be used in legal proceedings. Forensic accountants are trained to look beyond the numbers and deal with the business reality of a situation.

In this CPE webinar, co-founders of Valid8 Chris McCall and Tod McDonald will introduce Excel best practices to accelerate the forensic analysis of financial evidence.

The audience of this CPE course on accounting will learn how to build upon their existing Excel skills and solve for the quality, speed, and cost of preparing evidentiary financial data for an investigation.

Chris and Tod in this CPE course will use examples from real-world case studies of Valid8 to illustrate how professionals can enhance their work in Excel to gain insights that are backed by evidence.

This online CPE webinar is designed for professionals who:

  • Need to understand how money has moved by reviewing financial transactions from evidence.
  • Have a solid grounding in Excel.
  • Would like to gain efficiencies with reviewing large sets of transactions.

Learning Objectives

  • To analyze the different potential flaws of data ingress that can undermine your Excel analysis.
  • To discuss how to work with transfers between accounts so the money flows are readily identifiable.
  • To explain best practice analytics within Excel, such as Trending Reports and Stratification.

Recommended For

  • This CPE course is recommended for CPAs, CFEs, CFFs, IAPs, QIALs, Internal as well as external auditors, Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and other professionals who need to understand how money has moved from evidentiary records.
  • This CPE webinar is recommended for accountants, auditors, and other professionals who desire to learn Best Excel Practices for Forensic Accounting and Financial Tracing.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting and audit managers/practitioners
  • Accounting Managers
  • Accounts Director
  • Auditors
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • Director of Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Forensic Auditor
  • Fraud & Forensic Auditor
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Fraud Detection Specialist
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Fraud Professionals

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1 CPD Credit of Financial Reporting for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Fraud Auditing and Forensic Accounting for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Forensic auditing for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting & Auditing for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Financial accounting for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 1 CPE Credit of Accounting for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 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 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 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 CPE Credit of Accounting for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)
  • 1 CE Credit of Computer technology for Maryland Tax Preparer (MRTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-01274-22-O)

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About Presenter

Chris McCall

Co-Founder & CEO, Valid8

As CEO and founder, Chris leads VALID8’s vision, strategy, and execution. Prior to founding VALID8, Chris led marketing as Chief Marketing Officer for NexGen Storage where he built a world class marketing team around strategic market analysis and product management.

Chris started his career as an Electrical Engineer designing systems for Boeing 747’s. Identifying the need to modernize the engineering design data infrastructure, he revamped how system design software could leverage large datasets more effectively. Passionate about extracting value from big data systems, Chris took on several product roles with start-ups acquired by F500 companies HP and SanDisk.

About Company

World class financial investigations need to be fast, accurate, and comprehensive. Valid8 extracts and reconciles banking transactions from any PDF statement file in less than 24 hours. Transfers between accounts and legal entities are identified to compress data preparation time and simplify asset discovery and finding fraudulent transfers.


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Ratings and Review


897 Ratings



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Janet Barber, CPA (US), CGMA

Aug 30th, 2022

Fantastic program! I wish they had a similar version for Estates to help recreate the activity and for personal use in planning and reconstruction.


Amanda Girton, CPA (US)

Sep 12th, 2022

I do not do forensic accounting, but this was a very informative CPE. I liked seeing the demonstration of the software.


Jessica Anderson, CIA, CPA (US)

May 13th, 2022

The presentation effectively demonstrated how Valid 8 can streamline financial audits.


Dale Scrimger, CPA (US)

Jul 31st, 2022

The simplification of the information and the real life examples.


Brittany Withey, CPA (US)

Jun 30th, 2022

good presentation, software seems very useful and user friendly

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