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ACPEN Signature: 2018 Financial Statement Preparation, Compilation, and Review

Total Credits: 8 including 8 Accounting - Technical

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ACPEN Signature |  Accounting and Auditing
Laura A. Billingsley, CPA |  Kurt G. Oestriecher, CPA |  James A. Smith
Course Levels:
8 Hours


This course is designed to provide CPAs who perform financial statement preparation, compilation or review engagements with the most current best practices and identify practice pitfalls. In addition, the course will cover the new SSARS No. 24.

SSARS No. 24, Omnibus Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services—2018, introduces a number of amendments to the review engagements literature and to the general principles for preparation, compilation and review engagements literature.


The course provides valuable, practical advice that will help CPAs perform their SSARS engagements effectively and efficiently while reducing their liability risk and helping ensure that they comply with peer review requirements.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Explain the requirements of the SSARS
  • Review common peer review findings and SSARS application issues
  • Share best practices for preparation, compilation and review engagements.

Major Subjects
  • Hosting Services and Other Non-attest Services; requirements and practice issues.
  • General Principles for SSARS Engagements.
  • Preparation of Financial Statements.
  • Compilation Engagements.
  • Review of Financial Statements-Review Engagement Procedures.
  • International Reporting
  • ARSC Activities

Course Materials


Laura A. Billingsley, CPA Related seminars and products: 4

Laura A. Billingsley, CPA, is a senior technical editor of PPC products for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters, in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is responsible for the technical content and annual update of several PPC products, including PPC’s Guide to Compilation and Review Engagements, and PPC’s Checkpoint e-Tools. She is a coauthor of PPC’s Guide to PCAOB Audits, PPC’s Guide to Religious Organizations, and PPC’s Guide to Fraud Risk Assessment: Implementing SAS 99 and Related Guidance. Before joining PPC, she was a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she managed audit, business assurance, and consulting engagements for a wide variety of domestic and international clients. Ms. Billingsley is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has a M.S. degree in accounting, a Masters degree in education, and a B.S. degree with a major in mathematics.

Kurt G. Oestriecher, CPA Related seminars and products: 2

Kurt G. Oestriecher, CPA, is a partner with Oestriecher & Company, CPAs of Alexandria, La. He is the partner in charge of accounting and auditing services and is also involved in litigation support and small business consulting engagements.

James A. Smith Related seminars and products: 8

CPA, Managing Director

Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC

James A. Smith, CPA, serves as Managing Director of Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard, PLLC, a Dallas based, full service Certified Public Accounting firm. Mr. Smith began his career with a major international accounting firm where he served in both the audit and tax divisions. Mr. Smith has appeared as a featured commentator on all four Dallas/Ft. Worth network news stations, including three and one-half years as a featured business commentator on KXAS, TV5; on the TSCPA “CPAs on Call” state wide tax television program; and on various radio news programs. He has conducted seminars on tax and financial planning for the Dallas Chapter of the TSCPA and stock brokerage firms and life insurance companies, and on marketing and practice management for the TSCPA, the North Carolina Association of CPAs, the Arkansas Society of CPAs, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Smith served as Chair of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) for the 2007-2008 year, and as a member of its Executive Board and its Board of Directors. He is currently serving a three year term as an elected member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Council and is an appointed member of the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee. In recognition of his service, Mr. Smith has been named by the TSCPA as Outstanding Steering Committee Chairman for the year 1999-2000, Outstanding Committee Chairman for the year 1995-1996, and Outstanding Committee Member for the Year 1992-1993 and 1995-96. The Dallas Chapter of the TSCPA also named him CPA of the Year for 1999-2000. Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Accounting and Economics.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Course Developer Business Professionals' Network, Inc.
Yellow Book No
Original Recording Date 08/29/2018
Date Added to Catalog 01/30/2018
Designed For

Public Practice and Industry

Additional Information

Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Complaint Resolution Policy Please contact Anne Taylor for any complaints., (972-377-8199).
Official Registry Statement

Business Professionals' Network, Inc. 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:

Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Please contact the ACPEN help desk 1-877-602-9877 or if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer. 



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 138


Donald S - Conroe, Texas

"Outstanding panel!"

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"Enjoyed the presentation."

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