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Robotic Process Automation Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate

The Robotic Process Automation Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate (16.0 CPE Credits) focuses on robotic process automation benefits and how the use of software robots can enable your business or clients to become more competitive and agile.

You will gain an understanding of the risks, opportunities, and organizational impact of automation while learning the decision criteria and key considerations needed to build a business case and run a successful proof-of-concept. You will also understand the steps and governance needed to implement or advise clients on how to implement successfully.

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The Robotic Process Automation Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate (16.0 CPE Credits) focuses on robotic process automation benefits and how the use of software robots can enable your business or clients to become more competitive and agile.

You will gain an understanding of the risks, opportunities, and organizational impact of automation while learning the decision criteria and key considerations needed to build a business case and run a successful proof-of-concept. You will also understand the steps and governance needed to implement or advise clients on how to implement successfully.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Building a Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Business Case
  • Implementing Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Applications
  • Governance, Risks and Controls for Robotics Process Automation (RPA)
  • Organizational Process Implications of Robotics Process Automation (RPA)
  • How Robotics Process Automation (RPA) Can Be Used in an Audit
  • Automation Beyond Robotics Process Automation (RPA)

WHO WILL BENEFIT?

Non-IT finance professionals, CFOs, controllers, management accountants, public accountants, partners, staff, managers, internal auditors and business process owners who want to do any of the following:

  • Get a foundational understanding of RPA
  • Implement RPA within their organization
  • Become a responsible business partner by recognizing RPA implications and how its application and uses can benefit the client's business
  • Determine if there's interest in exploring RPA as a specialization, individually or as a firm
  • Stand out with a digital badge as someone who is committed to your client's new emerging technology needs
  • Add value to your organization, create opportunities

KEY TOPICS

  • What RPA is and the business value of RPA
  • RPA applications and use cases that make the most sense
  • Decision criteria and steps needed to build a business case
  • Considerations, risks, and challenges to implementing RPA
  • Governance and controls considerations for a digital workforce
  • Accounting, finance, and organizational impact of RPA
  • How RPA might affect an audit
  • Future of RPA and automation trends, with a focus on intelligent process automation (IPA)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Recognize what RPA is and its business value, with specific focus on accounting and finance functions.
  • Identify the opportunities and use cases for automation.
  • Recognize the decision criteria needed to build a business case.
  • Recognize key risks and challenges that need to be addressed before implementing RPA.
  • Recognize the governance and controls considerations for addressing automation risks.
  • Recognize the key components to implementing RPA.
  • Recognize the accounting, finance, and operational process implications of RPA.
  • Recognize audit implications associated with RPA.
  • Recognize future trends of automation.

Credit Info

  • CPE CREDITS: Online: 16.0 (CPE credit info)
  • NASBA FIELD OF STUDY: Information Technology
  • LEVEL: Basic
  • PREREQUISITES:  None
  • ADVANCE PREPARATION: None
  • DELIVERY METHOD: QAS Self-Study
  • COURSE ACRONYM: RPAFC

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