Specialized Forensic Accounting Course program

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43.0 Credits

Because each forensic accounting engagement is unique with its facts and objectives, the forensic accountant needs to use appropriate specialized forensic knowledge, tools and procedures during the engagement. A basic knowledge of each area is helpful. However, no one practitioner would be expected to know them all, but rather would seek expert assistance where necessary. Through narration by industry subject matter experts and application exercises, this certificate program covers unique areas of a forensic engagement including bankruptcy, business/individual/intellectual property damages, mergers and acquisitions, family law, divorce and more.


Differentiate between the distinct types of bankruptcies. Determine the applicability of specific laws and deadlines set by the bankruptcy court and the IRS, including recent developments related thereto. Recall and apply key procedures to acquire and protect data while ensuring its integrity before beginning the analysis process. Identify the contexts and types of matters where business damages arise. Identify and apply the jurisdictional standards and guiding principles applicable to calculating damages involving individuals. Identify the issues and pitfalls associated with the infringement of copyrights and trademarks or the misappropriation of trade secrets. Apply guidelines for calculating commonly used remedies of damages associated with each type of intellectual property. Identify examples of patents and laws governing patents. Differentiate between a merger and an acquisition and the various structuring options in each. Analyze the risks associated with fraud and its economic impact to an organization. Compare the different roles of a forensic accountant in family law cases. Identify methods for asset valuation and recognize their importance in a divorce case.

Major Topics

Bankruptcy Role of technology in forensic accounting engagements Gathering evidence and data recovery Measuring and calculating business damages Lost earnings and fringe benefits Patents, copyrights, and trademarks Forensic accountants' roles in mergers and acquisitions Consideration of fraud at the entity level Detecting and investigating fraud Role of Forensic Accountants in Family Law
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