About this course

This course provides a concise overview of robotic process automation (RPA) -- technologies that conduct high-volume, repeatable tasks that previously required humans to perform. These "bots" can automatically log into applications, enter data, do calculations, complete tasks, make decisions based on predefined parameters, and log out. While still evolving, RPA applications have the potential to automate many accounting functions, transform business processes, and accelerate financial workflows.

In this seminar, you will learn about:
RPA overview
Technology pros and cons
Implications for the accounting profession
Case studies
Leading vendors
Lessons learned to date
Key resources and communities online
Starter strategy for accountants

Who Will Benefit/Target Audience:

Practitioners who want a basic, non-technical understanding of robotic process automation and how to apply the technology in their accounting operations and workflow.

Field of Study: Information Technology

What you will learn?
Identify at least 5 ways RPA technologies differ from VBA (Visual Basic for Accountants) or Excel Macros.
Explain at least 5 ways the technology can be applied to accounting work.
Point out at least 5 economic and business forces that are driving the growth of the technology.
Use at least 6 RPA marketplaces to compare the leading technology vendors.
List at least 20 case studies that provide guidance on how to successfully implement the technology.
Skills Covered
3 hours on-demand video
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
  • Participants should have a basic understanding of Internet technology, online navigation, and digital productivity services.
No preparation required
1 year access


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2 Quiz
1 Video
3 hours
Section 1.
Robotic Process Automation for Accountants
1h 57m 35s
Review Questions
9 questions
Section 2. Final Exam-Part1
Final Exam
15 questions
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Garrett Wasny /INSTRUCTOR

GARRETT WASNY, MA, CMC, CITP/FITP, is a digital skills advisor to accountants, tax attorneys, enrolled agents, and tax preparers worldwide. His courses focus on the intersection of accounting and technology, and provide guidance to practitioners on how to prosper in this dynamic age. His sessions demystify emerging cloud, mobile, and social applications, and explain in plain language how financial professionals can use these online tools to build trust, solve problems, and create new value. He’s also an award-winning Internet speaker, author, app developer, professional development specialist, and former management consultant for Price Waterhouse. He's published 50+ ebooks on computing and ethical issues related to accounting, written hundreds of articles and columns on Internet strategy, and delivered thousands of seminars and webinars to CPAs and accounting organizations around the globe.