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Guide to Selecting and Hiring an Employee Benefit Plan Auditor

Pull back the curtain on employee benefit audits - from understanding key requirements to seeking out quality experts and more!

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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) contains a requirement for annual audits of plan financial statements by an independent qualified public accountant. According to the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), "39% of the audits (nearly 4 out of 10) contained major deficiencies with respect to one or more relevant GAAS requirements which would lead to rejection of a Form 5500 filing, putting $653 billion and 22.5 million plan participants and beneficiaries at risk."

An Employee Benefit Plan Audit sounds intimidating, but with the help of this course you can learn to improve plan management and gain the confidence you need! Enroll now for an expert, insider guide through the entire employee benefit audit process:

  • What is an audit and what are the requirements?
  • Learn what to expect and how to prepare
  • Know what to look for when selecting and hiring an Auditor
  • Avoid common missteps and access expert tools & resources



Course Details


Who Can Benefit?: Duration & Completion: Continuing Education Credits:
  • Plan Fiduciaries & Committee Members
  • HR and Benefits Professionals
  • CFO and Finance Professionals
  • Business Owners
  • Advisors and Retirement Professionals
  • Anyone looking to hire an auditor or learn a unique skill
  • 2-4 Hours with Five Modules + Exam
  • Self-Paced Online Course - QAS Self Study
  • Basic - No Prerequisites or Preparation Required
  • Covers 401(k), 403(b), and DB Plans of any size

Approved for 3 Hours HRCI General and SHRM-PDC Credit:

Your Instructor


John Russon, CPA
John Russon, CPA

John started his career at Arthur Anderson after finishing his accounting degree at California State University, Northridge. As a young professional with a growing family, the Enron scandal forced John to seek more secure ground. He moved to a local firm where he began developing specialized expertise in auditing retirement plans. John struck out on his own in 2005 and building on a handful of clients merged his practice with CNM LLP in 2006. Starting Pension Assurance LLP in 2014, John has positioned himself over the years as a leader in the employee benefit plan audit industry.

John is a visionary who is always looking around the next corner. He is constantly working to realize those visions, striving to develop the team in order to provide the highest level of service and expertise to clients. At work, he derives the greatest satisfaction from the relationships he has with his colleagues, both as a partner and advisor to clients and a mentor to team members. He lives in Agoura Hills with his wife and four children. He loves the ocean and can often be found on early mornings or late nights surfing or diving for lobsters.


Class Curriculum


  Course Documents - Guide to Selecting and Hiring an Employee Benefit Plan Auditor
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  Orientation and Introduction
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  Module 1 - What is and Why a Plan Audit?
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  Module 2 - Evaluating the Quality of an Auditor
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  Module 4 - Planning for and Completing the Audit
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  Module 5 - Common Audit Errors and Mistakes
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  Feedback & Learn More About Pension Assurance!
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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