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Start with Compliance. Achieve Excellence.

The SOX Institute at the GRC Group represents the gold standard in SOX compliance training and certification programs. We’re proud to set the benchmarks for providing research, education, and guidance in Sarbanes-Oxley and related regulations.

The SOX Institute and its training partners work tirelessly to keep our certification programs both current and comprehensive. We take pride in developing and delivering curriculum based on continually evolving best practices that give you hands-on experience in solving real-world problems, all within an environment that allows you to network with your peers. The expertise of our highly trained instructors, together with world-class course materials and case studies, provide you with the knowledge you need to support your organization in achieving its SOX compliance objectives.

The result? Training and certification programs that are accredited and endorsed by a spectrum of industry associations, that provide exceptional return on investment, and that routinely exceed participant expectations.

The training classes and certifications we have obtained from the SOX Institute have empowered us to be more clear and educated on the SOX requirements as well as confident that we are getting the latest and most accurate information.

Training Options to Fit Your Needs

The GRC Group offers the following SOX trainings, designed to meet a variety of professional needs in industry standard best-practice formats:

  • 5-Day Comprehensive SOX Boot Camp (36 classroom hours)
  • 3-Day The SOX Section 404 Boot Camp (24 classroom hours)
  • 16-Hour SOX (online) and 40-Hour (self-study) with textbook and study guide
  • 40-Hour SOX (textbook and study guide)

Our SOX training programs are further customized to include information and supplementary materials pertaining to regulations that are specific to the country where the training is held, such as J-SOX in Japan, C-SOX in Canada, and EuroSOX in Europe.

Continuing Education Credits

The GRC Group’s training programs assist you in meeting your continuing education requirements.

Product
Code
Course Name Nasba
CPEs
PMI
PDUs
CEUs/
CEs
CPEs/
CPDs
  Classroom (Group-Live) Training        
5DAY-SOX Comprehensive SOX Boot Camp (36 hrs) 36 12 3.6 36
3DAY-404 The SOX Section 404 Boot Camp (24 hrs) 24 8 2.4 24
           
  Web/Online Self-Paced Training        
16HR-SOX Sarbanes-Oxley plus 40HR-SOX - 12 5.6 56
           
  Textbook plus Study-Guide Based Training        
40HR-SOX Sarbanes-Oxley (two books)
- 12 4.0 40

 

Certifications

The SOX Institute offers two levels of SOX Certification based on your knowledge of and experience with SOX:

  • SOXBase-level Certification - Certified in Sarbanes-Oxley (CSOX)
  • SOXPro-level Certification - Certified SOX Professional (CSOXP)/
    Certified SOX Manager (CSOXM)

Base-level Certification: CSOX

Requirements for CSOX Certification: Current membership in the GRC Group, three years of professional experience, and:

  • Classroom training: A minimum of 24 hours of SOX Institute training and one SOX 404 multiple choice open-book exam, proctored by the training facilitator; OR
  • Self-study training: A minimum of 40 hours of self-study training and two multiple-choice open-book exams proctored by a work supervisor or a colleague.

Maintaining CSOX Certification: Current membership in the GRC Group and reading our member-only journals, our newsletters, attending our training and webinars, and other GRC Group learning activities for a cumulative total of at least 12 hours per anniversary year.

Pro-level Certification: CSOXP or CSOXM

Requirements for CSOXP or CSOXM Certification: Current CSOX Certification and an average of at least 1,200 hours of SOX-related experience per year over the past three years, verifiable by two professional references.

Maintaining CSOXP or CSOXM Certification: Current membership in the GRC Group, and reading our member-only journals, our newsletters, attending our training and webinars, and other GRC Group learning activities for a cumulative total of at least 12 hours and at least 1,200 hours of SOX-related experience per year over the past three years, verifiable by two professional references.

SOX Classroom Training Formats

5-Day Comprehensive SOX Boot Camp

During the first day, we’ll review the fundamentals of Sarbanes-Oxley and offer a broad-based introduction to the legislation’s key tenets and industry-accepted frameworks and principles. Following an overview of the events that led to the passage of the legislation, as well as its history and impact, we discuss the role of the SEC and the PCAOB, as well as sustaining cost-effective compliance.

Next, we’ll cover the key sections and titles of the SOX Act, such as audit committees and auditor independence; CEO/CFO responsibility and certification; financial disclosures and internal controls; conflicts of interest and codes of conduct; whistleblower protection and corporate fraud; and white collar criminal penalties.

Then, we’ll introduce the COSO ERM components of internal environment, objective setting, event identification, risk assessment, risk response, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring. Finally, we’ll provide an introduction to specific frameworks, such as COBIT, ITIL, ISO, and AS.

On the second day, you’ll gain practical, hands-on experience with best practices for SOX Section 404 internal control documentation, including adequacy of existing documentation; entity-level policies and procedures; IT and infrastructure control policies, automated compliance tools, and working with independent auditors.

During the third day, we’ll build upon the second day’s documentation by exploring entity-level and activity-level testing controls, including an overview of audit and testing techniques; auditing control effectiveness; assessing the adequacy of control design; activity-level operating effectiveness; and documenting test procedures and results.

On the fourth day, we’ll present the big picture of SOX Section 404 compliance through project lifecycle management, including project scoping for entity-level and activity-level; identifying significant accounts; structuring the project team; documenting planning decisions; and sustaining cost-effective compliance.

Finally, on the fifth day, we’ll provide a comprehensive review that will prepare you for the CSOX certification examination. Afterwards, you will be able to take the certification exam on-site. Please note that you’ll need a notebook computer for the SOX exam. If you do not have one, please let us know when you register and we will provide you with one.

We provide you with a wide variety of materials for the training, including a two workbooks, two textbooks, a study guide, a set of printed SOX Section 404 templates, and a CD containing the templates.

Successful completion of the onsite (proctored by classroom facilitator) certification exam will earn you the CSOX Certification credential (CSOX). If you already have the required SOX or SOX-related experience and have successfully completed the certification exam, you can apply for the CSOXP/M Credential (CSOXP/CSOXM).

3-Day The SOX Section 404 Boot Camp

Our Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 training provides you with the hands-on experience you need to successfully comply with both the spirit and the letter of the law. On the first day, you’ll gain practical, hands-on experience with best practices for SOX Section 404 internal control documentation, including adequacy of existing documentation; entity-level policies and procedures; IT and infrastructure control policies, automated compliance tools, and working with independent auditors.

During the second day, we’ll build upon the first day’s documentation by exploring entity-level and activity-level testing controls, including an overview of audit and testing techniques; auditing control effectiveness; assessing the adequacy of control design; activity-level operating effectiveness; and documenting test procedures and results.

On the third day, we’ll present the big picture of SOX Section 404 compliance through project lifecycle management, including project scoping for entity and activity; identifying significant accounts; structuring the project team; documenting planning decisions; and sustaining cost-effective compliance.

We provide you with a wide variety of materials for the training, including workbook, a textbook, a study guide, a set of printed SOX Section 404 templates, and a CD containing the templates. The fee for the class includes the certification exam. Your certification exam will be set up by the third day of class and will be available for you to take anytime/anywhere after the end of class.

Successful completion of the certification exam will earn you the CSOX Certification credential (CSOX). If you already have the required SOX or SOX-related experience and have successfully completed the certification exam, you can apply for the CSOXP/M Credential (CSOXP/CSOXM).


Check our Training Calendar for upcoming SOX training opportunities or register for SOX training now.

"Over 75% of professionals who participate in The GRC Group's training programs report that compliance costs are reduced by $10,000, and 25% find that compliance costs are reduced by more than $100,000 per year."

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Not Quite Certain? No Problem!

We understand that the best laid plans can change, which is why the GRC Group offers a generous cancellation and refund policy.

  • For classroom training, you can receive a full refund when you cancel up to 14 days prior to the beginning of class.
  • For self-study training, you can receive a full refund for books and other materials, provided the products are returned to the GRC Group within 30 days of receipt.
  • For live online training, you can receive a full refund if you cancel within the first hour of training.
  • For recorded online training, the GRC Group offers a three-day money-back guarantee.