Audit Conduct

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Ethics Content Development

Cathy Allen is a proven author with many articles published in professional journals and courses and publications over the last 20 + years. She has developed educational and thought leadership materials for leading firms, professional organizations and major publishers, including traditional and online self-study courses, presentations and webcasts.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 

As AICPA staff, Cathy Allen led the development of the AICPA Plain English Guide to Independence (which is widely used by CPA firms) and the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct's Conceptual Framework for Independence. As an Audit Conduct consultant, she helped lead the AICPA's Codification project to restructure the Code of Professional Conduct.

AICPA and Other Courses

Cathy Allen authors several CPE courses on professional ethics, auditor independence and related topics for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  These courses come in many different formats, e.g., virtual webinar, text, online, and self-study, and may be purchased on the AICPA's web site using the links below:

Cathy Allen also developed a 2-hour professional ethics webinar entitled, Ethics: Pressures & Perceptions, hosted by 

Content Development: State-specific Ethics

We are approved to provide state-specific, board-approved CPE in professional ethics for in the following states: 

  • Ohio - 3 CPE credits (Sponsor # CPE.432) 
  • New York  - 4 CPE credits (Sponsor License # 002925)
  • Florida - 4 CPE credits (DBPR course # 23690)

Content Development: SEC/PCAOB/Sarbanes-Oxley Independence 

The SEC and PCAOB quality control standards require firms to provide training on auditor independence to their personnel upon entry to the firm and periodically (typically annually).  We have created customized content on auditor independence for firms of various sizes, which they use to satisfy regulatory independence, CPE, or other purposes, e.g., improve compliance in specific areas or remediate a quality control deficiency cited in a PCAOB inspection.  Typical deliverables are instructional materials (including exams and knowledge check questions) in interactive formats usiing PowerPoint, Rise (Articulate 360) and audio/video tools. 

Content Development: AICPA Code Of Professional Conduct, DOL and GAO 

Compliance with relevant ethical requirements is critical to a firm's system of quality control.  We've created courses for firms that address not only the AICPA ethics and independence requirements but also other regulatory requirements that are relevant to the firm's practice, e.g., US Government / Yellow Book, Benefit plan / DOL, Banking or Insurance regulations (e.g. FDIC or NCUA).

I have worked with Cathy Allen over the years – initially while she was a Senior Manager in the Ethics Division of the AICPA and I was a member of the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee and, more recently, as an independent consultant after she started her own business, Audit Conduct. Cathy not only has deep knowledge of the ethical and independence standards governing the public accounting profession – she know how to explain them in plain English. She has been an excellent resource to our firm, helping us communicate our independence and ethical policies more clearly and effectively to our professional staff. In each case, she has delivered quality products to our firm on time and on budget
Bruce Webb
Executive Partner, National Office of Audit and Accounting-McGladrey & Pullen, LLP

Academic Case Studies: Auditor Independence 

As part of a CPA firm / academic institution collaboration, we created comprehensive case studies for use in university auditing classes to teach the importance of auditor independence and its application in practice.

Video Learning Tools: Auditor Independence 

We created the technical content for videos a large CPA firm used to educate new firm entrants (including those from outside the CPA profession) and existing staff about the import and impact of the auditor independence rules.  The technical content was embedded in entertaining interactions between people in real-life scenarios.

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