The first implementation of a blockchain was invented in conjunction with Bitcoin in 2009. Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency, a type of digital currency that is secured against fraud and theft by means of mathematical encryption algorithms.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cryptocurrency and blockchain have quickly become a global phenomenon and hot topic in the business world and investing community. Known by most people, but understood by few. Cryptocurrency, an abbreviation of cryptographic currency, is a type of digital asset that uses blockchain technology. Benefits of blockchain include improves efficiency; reduces the cost of maintaining and reconciling ledgers; and provides certainty on ownership and history of assets. Understanding this new technology is the first step to understanding the importance of blockchain for companies and their clients.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”712″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Bitcoin
The first implementation of a blockchain was invented in conjunction with Bitcoin in 2009. Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency, a type of digital currency that is secured against fraud and theft by means of mathematical encryption algorithms. The creator of Bitcoin and its specific form of blockchain technology was an unknown person going by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. In his white paper, he described the value of blockchain as follows: “Using digital signatures, hashing, and proof of work to avoid double spending and fraud, the Bitcoin blockchain enables its participants to confidently transfer value using math for validation and verification instead of a trusted third party.”
The Bitcoin blockchain solved the third party problem other cryptographers could not fix: the Bitcoin blockchain cryptographically links blocks of transactions together and creates an incentive mechanism that rewards participants who supplied the computing power to link the blocks, thus making it unfeasible to change the ledger. A common error is to equate all blockchain technologies to the Bitcoin blockchain. Newer, next generation blockchains, not associated with Bitcoin, do not necessarily share all the attributes of the Bitcoin blockchain. However, without Bitcoin, there would be no blockchain technology of any sort. Therefore, the better you understand Bitcoin, the better you will be able to understand how other cryptocurrencies and blockchains work.
Core Components of Blockchains
A blockchain consists of four core components: the ledger; the peer-to-peer network; the consensus mechanism; and the incentive mechanism.
A blockchain is a ledger of transactions, each of which records a change in ownership of the native currency of a particular blockchain. For example, Bitcoin is the native currency of the Bitcoin blockchain. All transactions are grouped into a block, added to the blockchain and linked to all the previous blocks with cryptography. Cryptography is the math used to prove no data has been changed, which is the basis for an immutable blockchain.
The peer-to-peer network consists of a large number of nodes (computers) that update and store the complete synchronized version of the blockchain. Every node in the network agrees on one state of the blockchain at any point in time. Therefore, it is possible for anyone to independently verify a transaction. The network distributes security among thousands of computers making it unfeasible for malicious actors to compromise the network. As there is a large number of nodes, a node can go offline without affecting the network. This is the value proposition of decentralization.
The combination of a blockchain and a peer-to-peer network is not inherently immutable, secure or reliable. The consensus mechanism makes those attributes possible due to the combination of a consensus protocol and consensus algorithms. Consensus is a process in which nodes agree on one version/state of a blockchain without knowing or trusting the other nodes.
The Bitcoin blockchain does not require permission; anyone can participate as a node, a developer or an end-user. Bitcoin, including other blockchains, is a self-organizing army of participants and volunteers. There has to be a mechanism to incentivize the participants who invest capital to secure the network. Bitcoin is the incentive. The two most common consensus algorithms and their respective incentive mechanisms are proof of work and proof of stake. Proof of work is the Bitcoin consensus algorithm. The proof of work algorithm mints new Bitcoin into existence for every winning number and the Bitcoin becomes part of the fixed monetary supply. This is the incentive that motivates an army of people to voluntarily participate in the Bitcoin blockchain and other public blockchains.
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Security
To secure cryptocurrency and blockchain transactions, cryptography and encryption are used. As was previously mentioned, cryptography is the math used to prove no data has been changed which is the basis for an immutable blockchain. Cryptography is also seen as the science of secret communication. Encryption is the process of creating a secret and the code to make the secret information accessible to those that should have access. An encrypted message is called a cipher-text. To be able to read the secret message, the receiver should have a “key” to decrypt the cipher-text.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”713″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Blockchains are secure, however the byproduct of a secure ledger means security is pushed out to the end-users. Therefore, cryptocurrency users have complete custody, responsibility and control of their assets, unlike traditional assets that rely on management by third party financial institutions. The plus-side is that users will have 100% custody of their assets, however the downside is that they are also a 100% responsible for their own security.
There are three main enemies of cryptocurrency security: external hackers; “the enemy within”; and carelessness. External hackers are a known threat with their malware, keylogging, phishing and social engineering. But a lesser known danger is “the enemy within”. This danger consists of trusted employees that exploit week security practices. Examples of carelessness are not backing up a private key, overall poor security practices and not making use of two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication, also known as 2FA, is the easiest and cheapest security measure with the highest return. 2FA is typically generated by an app that sends a six-digit code which expires in 20 seconds to your mobile device or desktop. The code is needed to access an account after entering usernames and passwords. If someone hacked your username and password, the hacker still couldn’t access your account without the 2FA code. This is an additional layer of security for logging into websites and sending cryptocurrency transactions.
Blockchain Use in Society
The application of blockchain has already impacted and improved real-world scenarios. Every day around the world, farmers harvest food products for global shipments. Sensors, which transmit data that is securely written to a blockchain, allow all participants in the supply chain to know the status of these shipments. As all data is recorded on a blockchain, the bankers, insurers, logistics companies and any others involved in the supply chain process will save time and money by knowing the latest information about the shipment. Since the blockchain ensures the accuracy of the data, these participants can budget and prepare for their part in the supply chain process more quickly and avoid costly errors along the way. Automated records on the blockchain tied to RFID (radio frequency identification) and other tracking software provides a secure and transparent way that allows all involved parties from origin to shipping to destination be aware of specific details on the shipment. Due to the use of blockchain, the entire process is sped up, has fewer errors and is more cost-effective, an advantage for suppliers, distributers, and customers.
Blockchain and Beyond Seminar – Learning programs that take your business forward[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”711″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Wall Street Blockchain Alliance work together to define the impact of blockchain technology for the accounting profession and advance the interests of both the public and profession in this area. On December 9th and 10th 2019, Global International Management LLC organized the AICPA and CIMA event “Demystifying Blockchain – Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate” at the Curacao Marriot Beach Resort. The event was officially opened by U.S. Consul General to Curacao Mr. Allen Greenberg.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”714″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The event consisted of two full days of learning the blockchain fundamentals led by blockchain expert Kirk Phillips CPA, CMA, CFE, CPB, moderated by Rocher Cyrus CPA, CGMA, Managing Director of Global International Management LLC with additional interviews from recognized professionals in the field Andries Verschelden CPA and Dr. Sean Stein Smith DBA, CPA. The following topics were highlighted during the event:
Learn about blockchain and crypto asset technology
Identify the benefits and opportunities of blockchain
Recognize the potential risks and challenges of technology adoption
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We’d like to share this compilation of the graduation last week, at our Demystifying Blockchain event. The climax was the celebration with our newly licensed US Certified Public Accountants. These professionals will add value to our world by building trust, protect the public interest and create new opportunities!
Last week on April 05th, 2018 local United States Certified Public Accountants (U.S. CPAs) held a unique event in Avila Beach hotel – Curacao, Willemstad emphasizing the need for more local U.S. CPA’s in the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname including steps to strengthening their position within these regions. This was a unique event opened by the U.S. Consul General to Curacao Mrs. Margaret Hawthorne who emphasized the importance of a strong relationship between the U.S and our local economies. Curacao is in need for more U.S. investors who can embolden our small scaled economy. More “local” U.S. CPAs will build international Trust, Opportunity, Prosperity and will protect the public interest providing the same of level of trust expected by the largest U.S. investors.
Regulations such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter Financing of Terrorism (CFT) and U.S. Corresponding Banking rules and regulations are primarily U.S. driven and can have a significant impact on local financial institutions. Further internationally U.S. CPAs are signing of on the world’s largest financial institutions and companies. More local accountants with the U.S. CPA designation could add substantial value to the economy and local markets.
In addition, this event was coupled to a seminar (8 CPE) regarding the new Revenue Recognition rules which will become effective in 2018. The Revenue Recognition session was led by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Center for Plain English Accounting (CPEA). The AICPA is the world’s largest organization representing the accounting profession and visited Curacao for the first time. The speaker was Thomas J. Groskopf CPA, CVA, MBA – Technical Director for the AICPA’s Center for Plain English Accounting, past representative from the U.S. on the International Financial Reporting Standards’ (IFRS) Small- and Medium-sized Entity Implementation Group. This new Revenue Recognition standard is a converged standard between U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP) and IFRS.
“This was an outstanding opportunity to obtain superior technical content knowledge and practical guidance for Accountants in the (Dutch) Caribbean, Suriname and South American region in a full-day on-site training session. We will continue having these sessions in 2018 and going forward. During this event it was also discussed what next steps will be taken to create a fair level playing field for local U.S. CPA designation and other designation holders eliminating unfair protectionism. We also honored 3 local finance professionals who passed all 4 sections of the U.S. CPA exam and there are much more professionals expected to pass in the remainder of 2018. Overall the event was a great success and a first step in the right direction towards strengthening the position of U.S. CPAs in the region” said Rocher Cyrus CPA, CGMA – Managing Director of Global International Management, Partner of Becker Professional Education and Confirmation.com Dutch Caribbean and Suriname. “We will continue to strongly advocate on behalf of the U.S. CPA profession within the region and deepen our relationship with all relevant stakeholders locally and internationally”.
If you want to participate in future events please click the following link: globalintmanagement.com/contact/ You can also email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +13024496498 or +59998440057.
Local United States Certified Public Accountants (U.S. CPAs) started an initiative to strengthen their position on the Dutch Caribbean & Suriname. There is a need for more U.S. investors and U.S. related companies to invest in the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname in order to boost these local economies and to develop them sustainably. U.S. investors and U.S. Companies with significant funding resources are very skeptical to invest in foreign countries which do not provide the same level of trust, risk and comfort that they are used to. The total U.S. economy runs on U.S CPA’s and U.S. investors rely heavily on the trust that U.S. CPAs provide to the economy.
U.S CPAs are auditors of the world’s largest technological companies and financial institutions such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Bank of America. They are at the forefront in performing rigorous research regarding Innovation, Education, Cybersecurity, and Thought Leadership while protecting the public interest. The American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the world’s largest member organization representing the accounting profession in more than 143 countries. Worldwide there are over 650.000 active U.S. CPA’s in 173 countries strengthening the largest capital markets and delivering value to the global financial system.
Due to the need to attract more U.S. investors and to create and cultivate the right investment climate Global International Management, LLC started an initiative to strengthen the local economies of the Dutch Caribbean & Suriname by providing local accountants a unique opportunity to seek and obtain the aforementioned most sought and respected U.S. CPA designation powering Trust, Opportunity and Prosperity into our relatively small local economies. For example, new rules and regulations applicable to our local financial institutions such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) are U.S. driven and compliance by local financial institutions is extremely important to remain white listed. Additionally, many banks in our region are having difficulties finding or keeping a USD corresponding bank which is eminent in doing business with the U.S. and Internationally.
More “local” U.S. CPAs will drive a dynamic internationally known local audit and accounting profession that works every day to build trust, create opportunity and grow prosperity for the Dutch Caribbean & Suriname.
To kick off this initiative, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants – Center of Plain English Accounting (AICPA’s CPEA) is heading to Curacao for the first time on April 5th 2018 for a full-day one-site seminar in Avila Beach Hotel to outline the latest accounting standard regarding “Revenue Recognition”. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy on Curacao is stimulating a fair level playing field for U.S. CPAs on the Dutch Caribbean & Suriname and the event will be opened by the U.S. Consul General in Curacao, Mrs. Margaret D. Hawthorne. “We are honored to have both the AICPA’s CPEA and U.S Consulate General Curacao’s support and welcome as many accountants on this event which will be the first step towards strengthening the position of our local U.S. CPAs here in the region” said Rocher Cyrus CPA, CGMA – Managing Director of Global International Management, LLC and authorized Partner of Becker Professional Education and Confirmation.com.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”558″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”Seminar Title: Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate, Analytics and Big Data for Accountants (24.5 CPE)” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”559″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”562″ img_size=”492X320″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”560″ img_size=”492X320″ alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”561″ img_size=”492X320″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”WHO WILL BENEFIT?” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]CEOs, CFO’s, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, managers, internal auditors and Non-IT finance professionals.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”DATE:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]August 29th and 30th 2018 from 08.30am to 17.00pm @ Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Willemstad – Curacao, followed by a happy hour on each day.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND CURACAO NORTH SEA JAZZ (CNSJ) 2018 FESTIVAL” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]On the Caribbean we believe that learning should be fun!!! Therefore, all registrants for our AICPA event will be able to combine this unique learning event with the option to join the famous Curacao North Sea Jazz 2018 festival featuring 18 remarkable world artists mostly Grammy Award Winners such as Patty LaBelle, Sting, Shakira and Jean Paul among others. AICPA attendees will be able to purchase discounted* tickets based on coupons provided by Global International Management, LLC.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”SUBJECT DAY 1: AUGUST 29th, 2018 – CYBERSECURITY FUNDAMENTALS FOR NON-IT FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONALS (16.5 CPE/CPD)” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]$6 trillion in damages. With a T. The annual cost of cybercrime is projected to reach $6 trillion by 2021, according to Forbes. With so much at stake, all organizations must demonstrate that they are managing cyber threats. They need to have the right processes and controls to detect, respond to, mitigate and recover from cybersecurity events. This is where you come in.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”615″ img_size=”500×500″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]What is your role? Develop your fluency in Cybersecurity! As a CEO, CFO or trusted adviser you must be able to speak intelligently on cybersecurity. Learn the terminology and the appropriate questions to ask. Our cybersecurity fundamentals seminar will help you do just that. Stand out from the crowd. Be tone of the first to help your company or clients meet critical cybersecurity safeguards. Develop your fluency and gain the confidence to make sound strategic decisions regarding cybersecurity risk. Learn what you should be doing to help protect your clients and your organization from cyber threats.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Cybersecurity Workshop + Certificate (16.5 CPE):” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Attend the live on-site in-person workshop on August 29th, 2018 for an interactive learning experience with our cybersecurity expert. Then, continue the learning on your own time with 2 self-paced online modules. After attending the workshop and completing the online learning, you will receive a digital badge that can easily be shared with your professional network.
The online learning modules will be automatically added to your account on August 29th, so you can continue your course of study to complete the certificate immediately following the workshop. These modules will be available in your account for one year.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Cybersecurity Workshop Only (8 CPE):” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Learn the key concepts from the Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance and Accounting Professionals Certificate in a one-day workshop and get yourself started on the road to cybersecurity fluency. A certificate or digital badge is not available with this option.
NASBA FIELD OF STUDY: Information Technology
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery method: Live on-site
Cybersecurity terminology and digital transformation
Attacks and the security mindset
Data breaches and privacy
Cybersecurity frameworks including NIST CSF
Cybersecurity risk management program and the related description criteria
The benefits of investing in cybersecurity
Recall key terms related to cybersecurity.
Recognize the impact of digital transformation on business.
Recognize what it takes to have a security mindset.
Recognize the threat landscape and the importance of security to various technologies.
Recognize how a data breach occurs and the organizational impact.
Recognize the impact to the organization when privacy is compromised.
Identify which security framework or frameworks would be most appropriate for your organization or client.
Identify the five functions described in the core of the NIST CSF.
Recognize the definition and purpose of a cybersecurity risk management program.
Recognize the importance of the cybersecurity description criteria within a cybersecurity risk management program.
Identify the overall potential opportunities and risks to the organization or client related to cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity service offerings
SUBJECT DAY 2: AUGUST 30th, 2018 – ANALYTICS AND BIG DATA FOR ACCOUNTANTS (8 CPE/CPD)
A new force driving business: Analytics is the new force driving business. Tools have been created to measure program impacts and ROI, visualize data and business processes, and uncover the relationship between key performance indicators, many utilizing the unprecedented amount of data now flowing into organizations. In this course you will discuss leading- edge topics in analytics and finance in a session that is packed with useful tips and practical guidance that you can apply immediately.
What is your role? Help your organization or clients to set the initial step to become data-driven! Many companies don’t leverage data properly. “The biggest barriers companies face in extracting value from data and analytics are organizational; many struggle to incorporate data-driven insights into day-to-day business processes,” according to an MGI and McKinsey research report. That doesn’t have to hold true for your organization.
NASBA FIELD OF STUDY: Finance
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery method: Live on-site
Evidence-based techniques for finding or generating data, selecting key performance indicators, isolating program effects
Relating data to return on investment, financial values, and executive decision making
Data sources including surveys, interviews, customer satisfaction, engagement, and operational data
Visualizing and presenting complex results
Deal with major trends in predictive analytics, optimization, correlation of metrics, and big data.
Interpret and manage new trends in analytics techniques affecting your organization.
Utilize new tools for data analytics.
Critically interpret analytic reports and advise decision makers.
8 CPE/CPD points: Advance your career and earn up to 8 hours of CPE/CPD credit.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”VENUE” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Willemstad – Curacao. Hotel Reservation is not included in pricing for (international) participants. For more info about the venue see:https://www.santabarbararesortcuracao.com/[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”AICPA EVENT PRICING” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]
INCLUDING LUNCH, SNACKS, REFRESHERS, COFFEE BREAKS AND HAPPY HOURS ON BOTH DAYS
Day 1 – Cybersecurity $500
Day 2 – Analytics and Big Data $500
AICPA PACKAGE DISCOUNT: Attend both days and pay $950
Important note: Please indicate the name(s) of the participant(s) paid for and include at least one email address in the Reference line during your payment. You can also use the invoice number line item to include additional comments if preferred. Registration course materials will be distributed electronically via email after the course cancellation period has expired.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”REFUND POLICY OR CANCELLATION POLICY” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Refunds or Cancellations – Requests for refunds or cancellations must be received by e-mail at email@example.com before July 31, 2018 12:00pm AST.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
*DISCOUNTED ($10) CURACAO NORTH SEA JAZZ (CNSJ) FESITVAL 2018 TICKETS
AICPA attendees willing to attend CNSJ festival can obtain tickets for $185.00 (discount of $10 on the regular price of USD 195.00) per day, via Global International Management, LLC by notifying us. Purchase a package and save even more: Purchase one entrance ticket for Friday 31 August plus one entrance ticket for Saturday 1 September and receive one entrance ticket for Thursday 30 August for free. This is an exclusive offer provided by Global International Management, LLC to our AICPA event participants. Note that cards will only be issued after the course cancellation period has expired. For more info on CNSJ 2018 see link: https://www.curacaonorthseajazz.com/en/[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”COMPLAINT RESOLUTION POLICY” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]If you have problems with registration, please contact Rocher Cyrus CPA, CGMA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone via +59998440057, +59995200270, for participants from the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname or at +13024496498 for international participants.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”SPEAKER BIO” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]
GARRETT WAGNER CPA, CITP – CEO/FOUNDER C3 EVOLUTION GROUP
Garrett focuses on monitoring the evolving technologies and best practices in the industry to achieve the highest degree of success without being afraid to break free from traditional methods. Garrett specializes in providing innovative solutions to today’s CPA firms and is able to successfully ignite change by using his communication style to get support from key members of the firm. With his ability to think outside the box, develop procedures, and engage key employees Garrett has had tremendous success in bringing about lasting change.
Garrett is trailblazing a new path in the industry with his unique perspective at understanding the new role of the entrepreneurial CPA. He works with CPA firms across the country helping them to implement lasting change by focusing on their vision, technology, and people. By helping CPA firms understand the vision of the firm, leverage technology, and empower their people he is able to help the firm evolve. This combo allows the firms to experience tremulous growth and profitability.
Garrett specializes in helping firms transition into an ever expanding advisory role with their clients to no longer just provide just tax and accounting services, but a full range of business consulting services. He works with firms to help them along this transition from compliance to advisory services to usher in a successful transition.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 667,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMA designation holders and accounting and finance professionals globally[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”609″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF ACCOUNTANCY
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER AICPA
The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 420,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, non profit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”ABOUT THE FACILITATOR GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT, LLC” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”603″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Global International Management, LLC is the authorized partner of the AICPA, Confirmation.com and Becker Professional Education for the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname. We strive to increase the quality of (finance) professionals by offering superior professional education and provide access to practical tools and resources, which are readily available for use and can be easily tailored for large, medium and small organizations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”623″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]We are the authorized partner of the AICPA, Confirmation. com and Becker Professional Education for the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname driving innovation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 16.000+ audit firms, 125.000+ auditors, 3000+ law firms, 4000+ banks in 160+ countries all trust Confirmation.com. With Becker Professional Education’s our vision is to empower people around the world to advance their careers through a lifelong partnership of professional education.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]
Hello (Dutch) Caribbean & South America, You’ve spoken. We listened. To all international oriented Accountants abroad we have heard your requests! The AICPA’s Center for Plain English Accounting (CPEA) is heading to Curacao with expanded on-site training courses for accountants from the (Dutch) Caribbean and South America. This is an outstanding opportunity to obtain superior US technical content and practical guidance for Accountants.
We will offer The New Revenue Recognition Standard (Part I) – full-day on-site training Course (8 CPE). Revenue from Contracts with Customers, is the most impactful accounting standard issued in many years. The new revenue recognition model is codified in FASB Accounting Standards Codification (FASB ASC) 606. FASB ASC 606 has the potential to affect every entity’s day-to-day accounting and, possibly, the way business is executed through contracts with customers.
The CPEA will offer a full-day on-site training course on the new revenue recognition standard. Using active learning techniques, these training course delivers a thorough study of FASB ASC 606, impart an across-the-board understanding of the key principles and essential elements of the new guidance, and upskill participants in implementing the five-step process of recognizing revenue.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to international participants from the US, Dutch Caribbean & Suriname and South America seats are very limited and subject to our approval.
Learning Objectives: After participating in this training, participants will be able to apply technical literature and other practice guidance relevant to the topics covered in this program. The program will include an explanation of technical standards along with a discussion of practical implementation issues related to those standards.
Instructional Delivery Method: Group Live
Total CPE Credits: 8 (Accounting = 7 Auditing = 1)
Pre-requisites: Experience in Accounting & Auditing Program Level: Update
Advance Preparation: n/a
· Refund policy or cancellation policy: Refunds or Cancellations – Requests for refunds or cancellations must be received by e-mail at email@example.com before March 30, 2018 12:00pm AST.
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About the Speaker THOMAS J. GROSKOPF, CPA, CVA, MBA. Tom Groskopf is a nationally recognized authority on accounting and auditing topics and is service line leader for Barnes, Dennig & Co., Ltd. A&A practice. He also serves as Technical Director for the AICPA’s Center for Plain English Accounting, a national A&A resource center for PCPS firms. Tom is a past member of the Private Company Council and was the past representative from the U.S.A. on the International Financial Reporting Standards’ Small- and Medium-sized Entity Implementation Group. Tom previously served on the advisory-only FASB Private Company Financial Reporting Committee, and he served a three-year term on the AICPA’s Technical Issues Committee.
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Additional course information: Understanding FASB ASC 606: Part I
Starting with an overview of FASB ASC 606 and explaining the importance of the topic, Part I educates participants about key aspects of the new standard. Participants gain a grounding in several core concepts of revenue recognition under the new standard and develop skills to implement the provisions of FASB ASC 606. Interactive exercises are utilized to deepen the participant’s knowledge of major concepts. Some of the topics addressed include:
Scope of FASB ASC 606. The new revenue recognition standard does not apply to revenue deriving from all transactions and events. Participants learn which items of revenue are covered by the new standard and which items are not covered by the new standard.
Key Provisions. This segment covers the core principle of revenue recognition and then individually analyzes the five steps necessary to achieve that principle. Emphasis is placed on the contract with the customer and its importance in applying the standard. Additional key learning points include accounting for multiple performance obligations, significant financing components, customer acceptance provisions, and bill & hold arrangements.
Contract Modifications. FASB ASC 606 introduces a general framework for accounting for contract modifications. We explain the new rules regarding contract modifications (i.e., change orders). We also cover the impact of these new rules on industries which currently do not have specific guidance related to contract modifications.
Identification of “Distinct” Performance Obligations. Performance obligations are treated as separate units of account if they are “distinct.” This segment covers the criteria for determination of the units of account in a contract including a detailed analysis of the application of the new concept of whether performance obligations are “separately identifiable.”
Long-Term Contracts. This segment deals with recognizing revenue for performance obligations that are satisfied over time. Participants learn about the new rules that replace the percentage-of-completion method, including measurements of performance and the criteria to qualify to recognize revenue over the life of a contract.
Contract Costs. In this portion of the program, we cover the definitions of, and the accounting for, incremental costs of obtaining a contract with a customer, as well as contract fulfillment costs.
Loyalty Programs and Marketing Incentives. The new revenue recognition guidance will result in major changes to the way many entities currently account for loyalty programs, marketing incentives, and other customer promotions. The approach mandated in FASB ASC 606 (an approach similar to today’s multiple-element revenue recognition method) is outlined and there is a discussion related to the impact on entities.
Promises and Customer Care Programs. The CPEA believes that FASB ASC 606 may significantly change the accounting for implied promises to customers for many entities and may prompt those entities to change their practices related to customer care programs. This segment educates participants about those changes in this important area.
Variable Consideration. The notion of variable consideration is broad and FASB ASC 606 changes the accounting for such consideration. Participants will learn the types of arrangements that are variable consideration and the differences between recognition and measurement of variable consideration under current revenue recognition standards.
Warranties. Participants are taught about the specific guidance related to applying the revenue recognition model to warranties. Guidance associated with distinguishing between different warranties and the related accounting methods are discussed.
Income Tax Accounting Implications. This segment overviews some key income tax considerations of the new revenue recognition standard.
Regulator Views and Areas of Focus. This segment informs participants about the viewpoints of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s staff related to several areas of the new revenue recognition standard, including the use of judgment when applying FASB ASC 606.
Case Studies, Commentary, and Examples. For each area covered, we draw upon various resources (including the AICPA Revenue Recognition Working Groups, FASB TRG, and FinREC) to provide practical implementation advice, implementation experiences, and real-world examples. This approach facilitates deeper comprehension of the new revenue recognition standard.
Additional Resources. The new revenue recognition guidance is broad and complex. Practitioners will benefit from the array of implementation resources available to them. This segment will provide a rundown of those resources, including numerous CPEA reports and educational materials. To reserve your seat please email us at: email@example.com
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