Philipp Kiencke
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ACL Online Training

Something that we and our customers are always looking at is how to get expertise over by different training opportunities. We at dab: GmbH offer different possibilities carried out by our experienced trainers. But did you know that as an ACL client different kinds of online training are also available to you in part free of charge? What follows gives you a rough outline of the possible online courses, by which you can even win CPE points.

ACL offers all users the possibility of online training in what we call the Academy, to deepen their skills, and expand their knowledge in and around ACL. Here the functions of ACL in real-life business cases are explained in a variety of progressive courses.

Access to the ACL Academy is through the launchpad. On the right you select the menu item "Training". After that "View Course List" shows a list of all available online courses. Many of these courses are free of charge for a licensed user. They are graded from easy through medium to difficult, depending on how much experience a user has gained with the system. But there is also training for newcomers. In the "ACL Analytics Basics" and "ACL Analytics Foundations" courses, users can learn step by step how ACL Analytics works. On that basis they can move on to further courses.

Besides courses for ACL Analytics the ACL Academy also offers the possibility of taking an ACL GRC course called "Managing Your Audit Using ACL GRC" to learn the basics of ACL GRC. This looks in particular at projects, results and reports modules, and how they interact.

All courses are similar in structure. First you have to download the data package for the particular course, and unpack it. This contains all files needed for the course. You are introduced to the subject, and the facts of the case study are explained. Then things properly start. New content is introduced with examples and videos so that you understand the system behind it all. After the explanation comes the practice. Different tasks are set for you to apply what you have learnt, and deepen your understanding of it. At the end of a chapter or lesson there is usually a short quiz. Questions are aimed on the one hand at results and pure figures, but on the other at theory backing functions and interpretation of results. If you do not pass the test here, you always have a chance to repeat it.

In many of its courses ACL offers the opportunity of winning CPE points. These are continuing professional education credits of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Depending on the length and extent of a course, it is possible to gain a certain number of these credits. They are not accredited directly however. You do not receive them until you have passed the final examinations within 12 months.

The final examinations are also intended as certification. ACL offers two different certifications: ACDA and ACP. ACDA stands for "ACL Certified Data Analyst" and refers, as the name shows, to data analysis with ACL Analytics. This certification can be achieved at intermediate and advanced level. ACP stands for "ACL Certified Professional". This certification refers to working with ACL GRC projects.


Certifications are not free of charge from ACL. They cost between $150 and $400. To pass certification you must achieve at least 70% in the examination. Repetition of the examination is not possible. Once certification is obtained, it should be renewed every year. The requirements set for certification can be read under the course information. There are also bootcamp tutorials to prepare for certification and the examinations.

I hope you found this information useful. If you have questions about training from ACL, or are interested in personal training by one of our trainers on the subjects ACL or SAP, you can ask us at any time. We would be glad to assist. For further information on the training offered by dab: GmbH visit https://www.dab-europe.com/en-US/trainings-events/ Events

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