Understanding Robotic Process Automation



Understanding Robotic Process Automation

Instructor: Edward Brooks

  • Format

    Course - Online

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This course will give you an overview of robotic process automation (RPA) technology. You will learn the characteristics, benefits, risks, and challenges of RPA. You will learn about the RPA landscape, how RPA is transforming businesses, and how it is affecting accounting and finance professionals. This module will also provide an overview of how to get started with developing a strategy and implementation plan for RPA.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize what RPA is.
  • Identify processes suitable for RPA.
  • Recognize how RPA is transforming businesses.
  • Indicate the business value of RPA.
  • Identify key considerations in getting started with RPA.

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Product information


Prepare for the future of RPA.

This self-study online course is part of the Robotic Process Automation Strategy for Business Leaders Program. You must purchase the bundle to earn the digital badge.

Automation can ensure a competitive advantage for public accounting firms and management accountants working in business and industry. Forty percent of manual accounting tasks are predicted to be automated by 2020. With advanced preparation and strategy, rollout can be timely and result in significant hours saved.

Developed by Edward Brooks, founder of the RPA Academy, this CPE course covers the characteristics, benefits, risks, and challenges of RPA. In this course, Brooks reviews the RPA landscape, how this new technology is transforming businesses, and how it will ultimately affect your role as an accounting and finance professional. Finally, this course will help you start to develop your own strategy and implementation plan for RPA. Take a proactive approach, so you can ensure the changes resulting from RPA don’t negatively affect your corporate culture.

Key Topics

  • What is a robotic process
  • RPA history and drivers
  • The RPA market — size, growth forecasts, landscape
  • How RPA fits in with other digital initiatives – ML, big data, AI, and so on
  • Business value of RPA
  • Effect of automation on people
  • How to get started

Who should take this course?

  • Global management accounting/finance professionals, including CFOs, controllers, finance personnel, internal auditors, etc.
  • Public accounting partners, managers, and staff supporting clients from an audit, tax and SOC services.

Professional development

This Course - Online offers 2.5 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
Format:Course - Online
Access:This is a digital product. You will have access to the content for a year after purchase date.

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  • Edward Brooks

    Edward Brooks, trained as a Chartered Accountant in London with Ernst & Young, and went on to work as a consultant with Accenture and ISG before launching The RPA Academy in 2017.

    During his consulting years, Ed specialized in outsourcing and business transformation, and advised and supported technology start-ups. The RPA Academy was founded to address the growing skills shortages in the automation space and has since expanded its training offerings to include courses on Machine Learning, AI, and Blockchain.


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