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Sampling is a critical means of determining the extent of testing for evaluating projected error or misstatement in financial statements, deficiencies in internal control, or noncompliance. 

This course provides insight into how to avoid common misconceptions and misapplications in various sampling applications.

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

7 CoursesAn Auditor's Perspective on...

  1. Preparing Financial Statements – An Auditor’s Perspective on What Matters Most
  2. Independence Rules for CPA’s – An Auditor’s Perspective on Significant AICPA, Public Company, Governmental, and International Differences
  3. Designing and Performing Sampling Plans – An Auditor’s Perspective on Monitoring Internal Controls, Compliance, and the Reasonableness of Account Balances
  4. FASB ASC Section 205-40: Going Concern Uncertainty – An Auditor’s Perspective
  5. FASB ASC Topic 470: Debt – An Auditor’s Perspective on Common Balance Sheet Classification Issues
  6. FASB ASC Topic 820 Fair Value – An Auditor’s Perspective on Determining Fair Value of Non-Readily Marketable Investments
  7. Recently Issued GAAP Relevant to Small- or Mid-Size Private Companies – An Auditor’s Perspective on What Merits the Most Attention

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how to select the most correct sampling method for the intended purpose of the procedure
  • Discover how to calculate the sample size for tests of controls, tests of compliance, and tests of details
  • Explore how to evaluate the results of sampling plans, including resolving discrepancies and projected misstatements 
Last updated/reviewed: November 16, 2019

18 Reviews (73 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
I wish there could be a mock account for example of inventory purchases that can be used to show us how all these sampling methods are applied to select what items to be tested; and therefore show us the impact on the selection when different method is used.
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Anonymous Author
Jennifer delivers a ton of information, both at a high level and at the detail level. This is a great course both as a refresher and for new auditors to fully understand the logic purpose behind sampling methods and how they play into the audit process.
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Member's Profile
This course explains methods of audit sampling and goes into some of the mathematical methods of selecting sample size. Can be readily applied in the field. Very useful information.
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Member's Profile
Good overview. I always like this instructor's courses. When explaining some of the examples it seemed a little rush. We could have used more time in this area.
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Anonymous Author
Good overview on sampling. It explained the different approaches and when they are appropriate. The instructor is a great presenter.
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Anonymous Author
Good course if you are an auditing professional. For my purposes, payroll recertification, it was a bit too specific.
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Anonymous Author
Thorough examination of sampling techniques. The PDF documents were a great visual presentation of the concepts.
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Anonymous Author
Material very well presented & laid out. Not aware of the various sampling methods to obtain population tests/
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Anonymous Author
Very good course overall and I think this area is something that many IA departments sometimes struggle with.
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Anonymous Author
Great update on audit sampling. The course provided great info on the different audit sampling methodologies.
5
Anonymous Author
Ms Louis made the course simple and interesting. Good for novice auditors as well as seasoned.
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Member's Profile
good wording, well explained on many factors of the formulas, easy to understand, nice webinar
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Anonymous Author
Fantastic description of the different sampling types, and review of sampling strategies.
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Member's Profile
In my opinion, this is an outstanding course which every auditor should take. Excellent
5
Anonymous Author
Good introduction to sampling approaches with clear illustration of applied statistics.
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Anonymous Author
Useful material, comprehensive analysis, loud and clear presentation. Thanks!
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Anonymous Author
Great discussion on the different sampling methods.
Member's Profile
Technical materials - pay attention.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course. 

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW
  2:16Introduction to Designing and Performing Sampling Plans
  7:14What is Sampling?
Attribute Sampling
  5:25What is Attribute Sampling?
  2:43Attribute Sampling Selection Methods
  8:35Attribute Sample Size Determination
  4:09Evaluating Results of Attribute Sampling Application
Variable Sampling
  10:15What is Variable Sampling?
  7:19Variable Sampling - Key Element Considerations
Monetary Unit Sampling
  12:38Monetary Unit Sampling (MUS) - Introduction
  4:44Compliance Audit Applications
Continuous Play
  1:05:18Designing and Performing Sampling Plans
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Designing and Performing Sampling Plans
  PDFDesigning and Performing Sampling Plans Glossary/Index
REVIEW and TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM