ACL Academy

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Stoked to get behind the wheel of the ACL suite but not quite sure where to begin?

ACL's got you covered with ACL Academy. From deep-dive courses to bite-sized tutorials, Academy's in session 24/7.

CPE (5.5) | Managing your audit using ACL GRCBasic
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of auditing

This beginner-level course teaches you to leverage the ACL GRC suite to conduct an audit.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Perform all aspects of fieldwork in one centralized, cloud-based location
  • Implement effective, measurable remediation plans
  • Squash mayhem and introduce order to your request list workflow
  • Successfully prepare and analyze data
  • Effectively identify and remediate issues that arise
  • Streamline processes by automating your workflow
  • Engage stakeholders with stimulating, interactive visualizations
  • Design and customize powerful, engaging reports
  • Share your reports with various stakeholders

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ACP CertificationBasic
Prerequisites: Managing your audit using ACL GRC course

Take the next step to advance your career and differentiate yourself. Showcase your in-depth knowledge, skills, and proficiency to employers by becoming an ACL Certified Professional (ACP).

Designed to help you accelerate your results and unfurl the full power of ACL GRC, the ACP program offers 5 specializations that validate your technical mastery in key functional areas of ACL GRC.

To learn more about the program and the current specializations available, click here.

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CPE (1.5) | ACL Analytics Basics Basic
Prerequisites: None

This beginner-level course teaches the basics you'll need to get started using ACL Analytics. If you're a new or beginner user of ACL Analytics, look no further - this course is for you.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Navigate the ACL Analytics platform
  • Create Quick Filters to gain insight into your data
  • Use Quick Sort and sort your data in ascending or descending order
  • Run various commands on your data
  • Track your workflow using the log
  • Differentiate between data types (like character, numeric, and datetime)
  • Import an Excel file into ACL Analytics
  • Follow ACL best practices (like effectively organizing your files and projects)

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CPE (15) | ACL Analytics Foundations Basic
Prerequisites: None

This beginner-level course teaches the basics needed to start leveraging ACL Analytics.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Reduce time and resources needed to analyze data
  • Detect gaps and control failures
  • Leverage hundreds of built-in data analysis commands and tools
  • Access and reconcile data from various systems in order to identify potential issues
  • Identify outliers and issues
  • Analyze data to achieve objectives
  • Combine data from multiple source types in order to make comparisons between them
  • Identify trends between issues that may be indicative of the root cause(s) of the problem
  • Create working paper documentation detailing your objectives, the analysis steps taken to achieve them, and the results returned
  • Use basic scripting to automate processes and initiate continuous monitoring
  • Communicate your findings using engaging and interactive visualizations and storyboards
  • Define and automate remediation processes

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CPE (10) | ACL Analytics ApplicationsIntermediate
Prerequisites: ACL Analytics Foundations & At least one Learning Series course

This intermediate-level course follows a case study approach and builds off the skills learned in ACL Analytics Foundations. Case studies include business-relevant data such as sales commission, accounts payable, travel & entertainment, and procurement card expenses.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Apply ACL Analytics in a structured data analysis process
  • Critically determine and assess objectives and planning
  • Develop critical application of key functionality
  • Break apart high-level objectives into manageable steps in ACL Analytics
  • Import various source data types
  • Prepare data for analysis (data integrity tests such as controls, bounds, completeness, uniqueness, relationships and reliability; critically assessing whether integrity issues will impair analysis objectives)
  • Identify and apply the ACL Analytics functionality needed to achieve desired objectives
  • Test issues to identify trends that may be indicative of cause(s) of them
  • Create working paper documentation showing your objectives, the analysis steps, and results

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ACL Analytics Scripting | 2-3 days (16-24 hours) Advanced
Prerequisites: ACL Analytics Foundations & ACL Analytics Applications & At least two Learning Series courses

This advanced-level course builds on the scripting basics taught in ACL Analytics Foundations.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Create simple and interactive scripts to implement automated routines, continuous monitoring and gain further insight into your data
  • Automate advanced analysis techniques such as keyword and outlier analysis
  • Increase scripting efficiency and readability
  • Perform advanced techniques such as agile scripts (creating a script within a script)

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Basics of datetime fields (3-5 hours)Basic/Intermediate
Prerequisites: ACL Analytics Foundations

Increase your computed field proficiency by building off the skills learned in ACL Analytics Foundations.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Create computed fields that parse different values from a datetime field to:
    • Separate the month, day, and hour values
    • Convert the computed month, day, and hour fields to character fields
    • Identify the day of the week of a date
    • Identify the month (name) of a date
    • Calculate the fiscal year of a date
    • Calculate the fiscal quarter of a date
  • Analyze computed datetime fields to:
    • Determine the number of and subtotaled amount of transactions within a fiscal year, month, and fiscal quarter
    • Create detailed transaction sumamries by month and day of week, user ID and day of week, user ID and hour
    • Script your process and reuse the computed fields and analysis in next year's table

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Payroll (Ten 45 minute learning episodes)Basic/Intermediate
Prerequisites: ACL Analytics Foundations

Analyze data in the area of Payroll and identify employees:

  • Paid before their hire date
  • With suspicious pay variances
  • Paid after termination
  • Who received overtime who are ineligible
  • Paid more overtime than they should've been
  • Who worked more overtime than the policy states
  • Who use a suspiciously minimal amount of vacation
  • Who take more than their allowable vacation
  • With suspiciously similar addresses
  • With a suspicious number of salary increases

Each test features an introduction, providing context and relevance, test steps, complete with instructions on how to prepare your own data, as well an activity to practice what you've learned.

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Purchase to Payment (Seven 30 minute learning episodes)Intermediate
Prerequisites: ACL Analytics Foundations & ACL Analytics Applications

This course incorporates purchase to payment (P2P) content from Inspirations for use in ACL Analytics.

Using real world data, learners practice translating high level content into analysis techniques, and apply commands, functions and ScriptHub products in ACL to analyze P2P data and derive meaning from the issues found.

The tests featured in this course are:

  • Frequent Changes to Vendor Master
  • Employee Vendor Match
  • Sanctioned Vendors
  • Split Purchases
  • Invoice Date created before PO Date
  • Duplicate Invoices
  • Early Payments

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ACDA Intermediate CertificationIntermediate
Prerequisites: ACL Analytics 101 Foundations Training, 201 Applications and 303 Scripting is recommended

Take the next step to advance your career and differentiate yourself. Showcase your in-depth knowledge, skills, and proficiency to employers by becoming an ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA).

ACDA Intermediate certification is comprised of four levels intended to assess your capabilities as an intermediate-level data analyst. You should be comfortable importing, preparing and analyzing data, reporting findings, and writing basic scripts.

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ACDA Advanced CertificationAdvanced
Prerequisites: 303 Scripting course and at least one year scripting experience

Take the next step to advance your career and differentiate yourself. Showcase your in-depth knowledge, skills, and proficiency to employers by becoming an ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA). The ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) Advanced designation is an industry-recognized certification which showcases your skills and abilities to automate data analysis through scripting.

ACDA Advanced certification is comprised of three levels intended to asses your scripting proficiency. You should be comfortable writing scripts to solve business challenges as well as troubleshooting broken scripts written by others.

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