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A successful CPA Firm relies on star performers to perform effective and efficient audits. This relies on both sound technical skills, as well as 'soft' skills such as initiative, confidence, sound judgment, teamwork, and other desired qualities in an audit professional.

Major Topics:

  • Maintaining productivity during the unassigned time
  • Typical constructive feedback comments for staff auditors
  • Setting professional development goals to become a star performer
  • Case studies related to difficult scenarios typically encountered by staff accountants
  • Managing time and assigned tasks
  • Tips for audit professionals for both short- and long-term success


Learning Objectives
  • Discover and describe characteristics of a star performer.
  • Explore and explain how to be proactive, leverage unassigned time, and be productive with time.
  • Identify and discuss how to embrace constructive feedback.
  • Discover and describe key elements of setting personal and professional goals.
Last updated/reviewed: August 12, 2023

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

13 CoursesAudit Training Certification - Level 2 - Experienced Staff

  1. Fraud Risk - Complying with Minimum Audit Requirements
  2. Best Practices for Identifying and Evaluating Audit Risk - Linking Risk to the Detailed Audit Plan
  3. Testing Internal Controls - Exploring Strategies for Verifying Operating Effectiveness
  4. Inquiry and Research - Improving Critical Audit Skills
  5. Auditing Investments - Understanding Risks and Procedures for the Most Common Investments
  6. Auditing Accounts Receivable - Focusing Procedures for Testing Existence and Valuation
  7. Auditing Liabilities, Including Long-Term Debt - Addressing the Risks of Completeness, Classification, and Disclosure
  8. Substantive Analytic Procedures - Strengthening Evidence to Satisfy Audit Objectives
  9. Sampling - Avoiding Common Mistakes on Financial Statement and Compliance Audits
  10. Desired Traits of a Star Performer - Visualizing How to Become an Exceptional Staff Auditor
  11. Professional Requirements for Assurance Providers, Including Independence - Understanding Critical Code of Professional Conduct Concepts
  12. Accounting Update - Hot Topics for Preparing Current Period Financial Statements
  13. Auditing & Attest Update - Hot Topics for Current Period Audits and Other Attest Services
Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
Designed For: Accountants new to the profession.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Learning Objectives and Overview to Desired Traits of A Star Performer7:48
  Embrace Review Notes7:16
  Embrace Performance Evaluations9:00
  Examples of Typical Feedback Comments with Suggested Action Plans11:01
  Handling Difficult Client Situations6:36
  Other Difficult Situations20:38
  Case Study-The Reality of Perspective7:01
  Time Management Tips10:14
  Time Management Tips Cont'd18:00
  Desired Traits of a Star Performer-Visualizing How to Become an Exceptional Staff Auditor1:37:34
  Slides: Desired Traits of a Star Performer - Visualizing How to Become an Exceptional Staff AuditorPDF
  Desired Traits of a Star Performer - Visualizing How to Become an Exceptional Staff Auditor Glossary/IndexPDF