Content Development

For over two decades, Cathy Allen has developed educational and thought leadership materials for leading firms, educational and professional organizations, including case studies, video scripts, instructional guides and other teaching materials.

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 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)

SEC/PCAOB Independence Training

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 thereafter.   We create content for that purpose to your specifications.

Regulatory Compliance

Courses address regulatory requirements that are relevant to your 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

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