ACL Certified Professional

ACL Certified Professional Bootcamp Series

Welcome to the first edition of the ACL Certified Professional Bootcamp Series! This blog series is intended to help you get started or better familiarize yourself with ACL GRC, and expose you to resources that will help you in your journey. By taking advantage of the resources presented in this blog series, we know that in no time, you’ll not only be comfortable with navigating the ACL GRC environment and using it to track, manage and share the results from your projects–you’ll be well on your way to becoming an ACL Certified Professional! What is an ACL Certified Professional, or ACP, you may ask? This is an exciting new certification that we are launching in the upcoming months to help recognize our customers as the most sought-after in their industry. There will be more details to come in the next few months but this month, we’re going to keep it simple by going over ACL Launchpad, your portal to everything ACL.

4 Things You Didn’t Know You Had With Your ACL Subscription in ACL Launchpad

As an ACL GRC customer, take a moment to think about which one of the following describes you best:

(1) I’ve haven’t accessed ACL GRC or Launchpad yet.
If so, don’t worry – sit back, relax, and we’ll tell you all about it and how it’ll make your life so much easier.

(2) I’ve used ACL GRC a few times, but I don’t know what ACL Launchpad is.
This is a great start because ACL GRC can only be accessed through Launchpad. So if you’ve been in ACL GRC, you’ve at least met Launchpad in passing. We’ll use this blog post as an opportunity to formally introduce you!

(3) I sign into ACL Launchpad on a regular basis, specifically to access the ACL GRC modules.
Great! We’d like to give you a tour of the other resources available in Launchpad, so you can take full advantage of various tools that complement ACL GRC.

(4) Aside from the ACL GRC modules, I’ve explored ACL Launchpad and used the resources within.
Fantastic! We’ll challenge ourselves to surprise you with some Launchpad tips that you might not know about yet 😉

In a nutshell, ACL Launchpad is a single, centralized location for accessing and managing everything related to your ACL account. It is not only a place where you can use the ACL GRC modules (Projects, Risk, Results and Reports), but you can also access all types of free customer resources. That’s right! There are many free resources that come along with your ACL subscription. Some of the most commonly known resources are Help Docs and ACL Community, the forum to interact with fellow ACL users and contact Support. There are many more hidden gems within your ACL Launchpad, so let’s take a look at the following four things that you might not know you have with your subscription:

1. Stay up-to-date with our products – Look for our Notification pop-ups!

As we are constantly pushing out product enhancements to ACL GRC, we want to make sure you know about them. Whenever there is a new update, a pop-up window will appear at the lower right corner of the ACL Launchpad page. Click on the window to read the full notification.

Missed the previous notifications? Not to worry! You can click on the bell icon on the top right menu to see the notification history. Browse through this list to see what you have missed.

2. Access pre-built templates to simplify your audit management set-up

ACL project templates are pre-built projects ready available within the Projects module of ACL GRC. So instead of creating a project from scratch, you can access a template that is pre-populated with objectives/processes, risks, procedures/controls, and tests, saving you a ton of time and effort. Here’s where you can find ACL GRC project templates:

  1. Select the Project module in your ACL Launchpad
  2. Click on “ACL project templates”
  3. Find the template of interest and click “Use Template”
  4. Follow the prompts to load your template

We have templates for SOX, ABAC, and more, so be sure to check out our template library before starting a project–chances are, we already have you covered!

What’s more, with your ACL subscription, you get free access to AuditNet®, which offers thousands of project templates that you may find useful.

To access AuditNet®, follow these three simple steps:

  1. Select “Tools & Templates” on the right panel in your ACL Launchpad
  2. Find the “Templates” section and select “AuditNet”
  3. Within the AuditNet website, click on “Audit Templates”

3. Share your product ideas with ACL and vote for the ones you like

If you have a great idea about how to make ACL Analytics better, we want to hear from you! Our team of Product Designers are all ears when it comes to ideas and suggestions on how we can improve our technology. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Share it with us and your peers in ACL Community.

Nothing specific coming to mind but still want to influence our product roadmap? No problem! Take a look at product ideas submitted by your peers, find the ones you really like, and up-vote them! The more votes an idea gets, the higher the chance our Product Design team will add it/enhance it in our software.

You can submit your product ideas in three easy steps:

  1. Select “Peer Community” on the right panel in your ACL Launchpad
  2. Click on the “Share Product Ideas” button in the ACL Community Home page
  3. Click on “Submit New Idea” to start sharing

4. Get started with ACL GRC by taking our FREE training in ACL Academy!

We understand that learning something new can be difficult and overwhelming. That’s why we have designed ACL Academy, a training resource that contains online courses, training content, and how-to tutorials, to help you learn how to use our products. These resources are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days year for FREE!

Don’t know where to start? Hop into ACL Academy and take the “Managing Your Audit Using ACL GRC” training course today! This course teaches you how to streamline and maximize your audits using ACL GRC.

Enter into ACL Academy by following these simple steps:

  1. Select “Training” on the right panel in your ACL Launchpad
  2. Look for the “Academy – Online Training” section
  3. Click on “View Course Catalog” for a full list of online courses we offer OR “Get Started” to jump right into ACL Academy


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions for new users:

  • I don’t have access to ACL Launchpad, how can I get an account set up?
    • You will need to contact your organization’s account administrator to invite you to be part of your organization before you can set up your account.
  • How do I find out who my Account Administrator is?
    • Your Account Administrator will default to the primary contact that we have on file for your organization. If you have trouble determining who your Account Administrator is, please contact ACL Support Services.
  • I am not receiving the activation email from ACL Launchpad. What’s wrong?
    • Please check your spam filter. The activation email should be sent from notifications@aclgrc.com. Be sure that your Account Administrator used the correct email to invite you to the Launchpad. If you cannot locate your activation email, you can resend it to yourself using the “Forgot Password” link at www.aclgrc.com.
  • I can’t login with my credentials. What do I do now?
    • There are a few things you can try:
      • Use the “Forgot Password” option on the login screen in case your account has been set up but your password needs to be reset.
      • Have your Account Administrator check to make sure that your user account has been added to the organization and that your email account is correct.
      • Note that you must activate your account by clicking a link in your welcome email. Look for an email from notifications@aclgrc.com in your inbox.
      • If you continue to have issues, please contact ACL Support Services.
  • How come my ACL Launchpad password becomes invalid after several months? Is there an expiry date to my password?
    • Password expiration is disabled by default but your Account Administrator has authority to set a password expiration to the your organization’s setting. Please contact your Account Administrator to find out if password expiration was set up.

Tip of the Month

Now that you have learned about the free resources you have, bookmark ACL Launchpad in your browser so you can easily access it every day!

Learn more best practices and how to make the most out of your ACL technology at ACL Connections, September 24-27 in Nashville, TN. This event features four days of training and offers 21.5 CPE credits. Access the full event details here >>

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