International Accounting

25 Credits: Accounting


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International Accounting

Course Level
CPE Credits

25 Credits: Accounting

Course Description

Before enrolling in our “International Accounting” course, the labyrinth of international accounting standards might seem overwhelming, making financial reporting a daunting task. This course serves as a bridge to that gap. After completing this comprehensive program, you will transition from confusion to clarity. You’ll learn not just the theoretical aspects of these standards, but also how to apply them in various professional scenarios. The course transforms your approach to international accounting by providing practical examples, sample journal entries, and crucial insights into disclosure requirements. This change is critical for accountants and financial professionals who aspire to excel in international financial reporting. The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of international standards efficiently, ensuring you are well-prepared to tackle global accounting challenges with confidence.

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Learning Objectives

• Cite the accounting principles upon which international accounting standards are based.
• Specify the types of formats in which the balance sheet can be presented, and the circum-stances under which different financial statement layouts are required.
• Identify the various sections and line items contained within the statement of cash flows.
• State the circumstances under which control is exercised over an investee.
• Specify the circumstances under which financial statements are restated.
• Cite the indicators of hyperinflation, and when such an environment is no longer consid-ered to exist.
• State the adjustments needed to derive basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share.
• Identify the proper accounting for revenue in an interim period, and note how the integral view alters the accounting for interim periods.
• State the rules for determining whether a segment of a business is reportable.
• Specify the rules for determining joint control of an entity.
• Identify the circumstances under which an entity is considered to be an associate.
• Specify the factors under which a structured entity is created, and note how to deal with different end dates for the financial statements of subsidiaries.
• State the underlying accounting transactions for the periodic and perpetual inventory systems, as well as the derivation of the gross profit and retail methods.
• Recognize the calculation methods for accelerated depreciation.
• Identify the circumstances under which intangible assets can be accounted for separately.
• State the uses for investment property, as well as the accounting for it.
• Cite the circumstances under which impairment occurs, and the indicators of impairment.
• Recognize the situations when an asset can be designated as held for sale, and the account-ing rules that apply to such an asset.
• Identify the types of events that can create a provision.
• Identify the evaluation criteria for a contract, the components of the transaction price, and when the expected value method should be used.
• Specify the treatment of a payment made with a noncash asset.
• Identify the content of a refund liability account.
• Recognize when a contract modification can be accounted for as a separate contract.
• Recognize the accounting treatment pertaining to customer acceptance clauses, rights to acquire additional goods, asset repurchases, and breakage.
• Specify the accounting for a legal obligation related to harmful products.
• Recognize the situations under which contract liabilities occur, and when disaggregation is used.
• Identify the types of post-employment benefit plans, and the accounting for the various types of benefit plans.
• State the impact of stock price volatility on stock options, and the accounting for a com-pound financial instrument issued to an employee.
• Identify the basis of measurement for a deferred tax asset.
• Specify the criteria used to discern the acquirer in a business combination, and the account-ing for contingent consideration.
• State the classification criteria for a financial liability, a hedging instrument, and a financial asset derecognition.
• Specify the circumstances under which the highest and best use concept is employed, and examples of the fair value hierarchy.
• Specify the criteria used to identify a functional currency and a presentation currency.
• Cite the circumstances under which borrowing costs can be capitalized.
• Identify the reasons why a lease can be useful for a lessee.
• Specify the leasing rules related to asset substitution.
• Recall how the 12-month lease exception works.
• Specify the criteria for designating an entity as a related party.
• Classify events as being after the reporting period or as new events.
• Specify the types of items that do and do not trigger an adjustment to the financial state-ments if they occur after the date of the financial statements.
• Describe how insurance contracts are to be separated into groups for accounting purposes, as well as the accounting for the initial and subsequent measurement of the contracts.
• Cite the accounting rules for biological assets, and identify the characteristics of these assets.
• State the recognition criteria for a government grant, and recognize the accounting for these grants.
• Recognize the special accounting treatment for regulatory deferral accounts.
• Specify the recordation rules for exploration costs and the indicators for mineral asset impairment testing.
• Specify the types of infrastructure facilities to which a service concession arrangement might apply, as well as the accounting for such an arrangement.
• Identify the relevant accounting for the hedge of a net investment in a foreign operation, as well as the liabilities associated with the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and the recognition criteria for non-cash payments to owners.
• Recognize the sources of greenhouse gases.
• Identify the consolidation methods used for emissions reporting.
• Recognize the methods used to value the cost of carbon.
• Recognize the accounting recommendations in the IFRIC 3 Emission Rights document.
• Identify the different types of environmental metrics.

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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
October 13, 2023

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …