Revenue Recognition


A comprehensive ASC 606 revenue recognition program

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This certificate is designed to provide professionals the required understanding and insight into adequately complying with ASC 606 (Topic 606) “Recognize Revenue from Contracts with Customers”. The certificate courses utilize extensive examples to facilitate learning and allow the professional to practice their skills related to the five-step model. There are six separate courses that are specifically dedicated to practicing your knowledge and applying it to case scenarios specific to each step.

The new standard became effective December 2017 and it is critical companies properly re-evaluate their current revenue recognition process to ensure they are in alignment with the new standard and the five-step model as follows:

Step One: Identify the contract with the customer
Step Two: Determine performance obligations
Step Three: Determine the transaction price
Step Four: Allocate the transaction price to performance obligations
Step Five: Recognize revenue

At the surface, the five steps seem simplistic. However, there are many considerations that should be considered within each step based on your process and industry. Transaction and industry specific revenue recognition guidance is eliminated. It is replaced with a principle-based approach for determining revenue recognition. The new standard requires significantly more disclosure than previous generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

The standard affects all entities (public, private, and not-for-profit) that have contracts with customers. Exclusions include:

• Leases accounted for under ASC 840, Leases;
• Insurance contracts accounted for under FASB ASC 944, Financial Services—Insurance;
• Most financial instruments and guarantees (other than product or service warranties).

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Lynn Fountain, CPA MBA CGMA CRMA

Consultant, Author, Trainer, and past Chief Audit Executive

Lynn Fountain is widely considered an expert in the field of Sarbanes-Oxley and has led initiatives in compliance efforts. In addition, her expertise in the field has been recognized through her ability to provide individualized training on the legislation and compliance requirements as well as assist organizations in establishing the proper control framework for compliance. Course participants have been quoted as saying: “Ms. Fountain should instruct a PhD in Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance.” Ms. Fountain’s ability to break-down the various aspects of the legislation and communicate its importance in relevant terms is the key to the success of her courses.

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