Advanced Concepts In SSARS 21 & Nonattest Services [SS21]


Jun 23, 2016
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Accounting & Auditing

Credit Hours:



Member: $295.00
Non-member: $445.00

Discussion Leader:

Melissa G. Critcher, CPA

Melissa G. Critcher has her own firm located in the Charlotte, North Carolina area that focuses on auditing employee benefit plans, plan sponsor support, CPA firm technical review, and various other accounting and consulting services. She has extensive experience in auditing and accounting, which includes manufacturing, professional service, healthcare, and retail industries, with a specialization in employee benefit plans. She is an author and instructor of continuing education courses for various organizations, including the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Discussion Leader. Melissa’s career began with a small, local CPA firm in North Carolina, and she has since worked for various sized accounting firms across North Carolina during the course of her career. She has been providing auditors with the fundamentals and techniques necessary in order to properly audit defined contribution and defined benefit plans for more than 20 years. Her auditing background includes performing engagements for various size benefit plans, both limited and full scope audits, as well as evaluating Service Organization Control reports. Melissa graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration specializing in Accounting. She is a member of the NCACPA and other professional organizations.

Full Description

Advanced Concepts In SSARS 21 & Nonattest Services: Are You Certain You Are In Compliance? (SS21)

June 23, 2016

BP Energy Center
900 East Benson Boulevard
Anchorage, AK

For registrations received less than 21 days from the course date will be charged a late fee of $50 for each 8 hour course and $25 for each 4 hour course.

Practitioners that provide non-audit services must strike the right balance between complying with relevant professional and regulatory standards, providing value-added client service, and mitigating litigation and other practice management risks. This course contains many case studies to reinforce best practices for managing the accounting, reporting, and performance issues associated with the attest services of compilations and reviews where reports are issued, as well as the new SSARS 21 preparation of financial statements service and other nonattest engagements.

Major Topics:
Navigating the impact of SSARS No. 21 without risking noncompliance with professional and ethical requirements
Preventing malpractice claims related to nonattest accounting services
Identifying and safeguarding independence threats when issuing attest reports
Establishing an understanding with the client regarding non-audit services
Defining the varying levels of responsibility for accountants performing non-audit services
Performing compilations and reviews effectively and efficiently, including nature and extent of documentation considerations
Practice performing analytical review procedures appropriately, including developing proper advance expectations for review engagements
Properly considering going concern, subsequent events, and other disclosure matters
Common issues related to peer reviews, including recurring reporting problems
Applying financial analysis best practices to help your clients better interpret their financial results

Learning Objectives:
Describe practice management risks associated with non-audit services
Properly apply relevant professional standards and regulations for non-audit services to minimize litigation and peer review risk
Leverage information obtained on engagements to enhance the quality of client service
Be familiar with the numerous illustrations, examples and exercises related to practical guidance to implement important key learning points

Designed For: Anyone who performs or supervises non-audit engagements

CPE Credits: 8, Accounting & Auditing

Level of Knowledge: Advanced

Prerequisite: Experience with performing non-audit services

Acronym: SS21

Discussion Leader: Melissa G. Critcher, CPA