Introduction to Blockchain

Online Event

13 August, 2019 + 1 more

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC

Introduction to Blockchain

Speakers: Amy Vetter CPA, CITP, CGMA; Kirk Phillips, CPA, CMA, CFE, CPB

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This online training course focuses on demystifying the blockchain technology by helping you learn the foundational constructs, benefits and opportunities of blockchain technology.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the fundamentals of money/currency and its evolution from pre-crypto currency to digital/crypto assets.
  • Recall the attributes of functions of money.
  • Distinguish between cryptocurrency and crypto assets.
  • Recall the nature of ownership.
  • Identify the predecessor to blockchain.
  • Recall the description of blockchain and how it works.
  • Distinguish between blockchain and cryptocurrency.
  • Recall the origin and development of Bitcoin.
  • Identify examples of business needs solved by blockchain.
  • Recall the core components of blockchain technology, including peer-to peer systems, API, cryptography and keys and distributed datasets.
  • Recognize organizational risk and legal implications.
  • Identify the concept of blockchain security.
  • Recall proof of work, proof of stake and mining.
  • Recall appropriate questions and conversations for business stakeholders related to blockchain concepts such as hashing, legal implications, transactions and blocks, shared data and the business logic of distributed ledgers.
  • Recall benefits, values and opportunities of blockchain.
  • Identify examples of business use cases.
  • Recognize examples of how adopting blockchain affects value dynamics in a transaction, including “push” and “pull” of value and the spectrum of control.
  • Give examples of how blockchain eliminates the need for third parties from a transaction, such as brokers, censors or dedicated auditors.
  • Distinguish between risks associated with human factors, such as key loss, cognitive and adoption risks and technology risks.
  • Identify legality and regulatory risks associated with blockchain adoption.
  • Recognize differences between different blockchain platforms and potential risks presented by interoperability challenges.
  • Recall the most significant risks associated with complete loss of currency and assets.
  • Recognize risks presented by forks and splits in blockchain platforms.

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£159.00 (CIMA members only)


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Product information


This webcast focuses on demystifying the blockchain technology by helping you understand the foundational constructs, benefits and opportunities of blockchain technology. You will be prepared to weigh the risks and challenges as you consider implementing this technology within your organization or your clients’ organization.

This webcast is part of the three-part Blockchain Fundamentals for Accounting and Finance Professionals Certificate webcast program. You must purchase the bundle to earn the certificate. Learn more about the certificate and purchase the bundle here.

Topics Discussed

  • Technology concepts behind blockchain and cryptocurrencies
  • Benefits, values and opportunities of blockchain
  • Blockchain risks and challenges
  • Regulatory concerns and governance

Who should take this course?

  • Non-IT finance professionals
  • CFOs
  • Controllers
  • Management accountants
  • Public accountants
  • Partners
  • Staff
  • Managers
  • Internal auditors

Professional development

This Webcast offers 5 hours of CPE credit.
Note on CPE Requirements and Credits
All learning resources available in the CGMA Store qualify for CPD for CIMA members.

Field of study: Information Technology
Programme level:Basic
Access:This is a live event. You will have access to webcast on the date/time of broadcast and the archive for 3 months after the broadcast date.

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£159.00 (CIMA members only)


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  • Amy Vetter CPA, CITP, CGMA

    Amy Vetter, CPA, CITP, CGMA is the CEO of The B3 Method Institute and authored the book Integrative Advisory Services: Expanding Your Accounting Services Beyond the Cloud, published by Wiley. She is a transformative keynote speaker on the mindful use of technology and business transformation. Amy has been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Accounting” by the AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor and has been recognized as a Top 100 Most Influential Person by Accounting Today multiple times. Amy shares her accounting and business insights as a regular contributor to AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today, CPA Practice Advisor as well as and Learn more at

  • Kirk Phillips, CPA, CMA, CFE, CPB

    Kirk is author of The Ultimate Bitcoin Business Guide For Entrepreneurs and Business Advisors and was the first CPA to accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

    He's a contributor to Bitcoin Magazine. As a speaker and continuing education crypto lecturer for CPAs and attorneys, he's a recognized thought leader on crypto security, strategy, accounting and taxation. Kirk is a cryptocurrency, blockchain and ICO advisor, investor and evangelist who weaves risk management into business processes.

    He is Digital Currency Council Certified, a Certified Bitcoin Professional and holds a certificate for the Introduction to Digital Currencies Course by the University of Nicosia.

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