Revenue from Contracts with Customers - IFRS 15 and US GAAP Topic 606 (2 days)

Course code: 1311


Arguably revenue recognition is the most important and controversial topic in financial reporting. Preparers must develop a policy for measuring the amount and timing for recognising revenue for goods and services. Revenue is a key performance indicator that drives the recognition of expenses and profits and valuation of an entity.

The IASB and the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) collaborated on a project to develop improved, converged standards for revenue recognition. Following a Discussion Paper and two Exposure Drafts, the Boards issued substantially converged standards in May 2014. The IASB’s standard, IFRS 15 is mandatory for periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018 with early application permitted. The FASB published ASU 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) at the same time, and this is compulsory for public entities for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017: early adoption is permitted.

Subsequently, in 2016, the Boards separately issued clarifications of several aspects of their new standards. These apply from the same effective dates as the original standards.

This course will focus on the requirements of the new standards, IFRS 15 and Topic 606. Concise explanations are provided, with detailed examples to illustrate application of the standard.

Currently IFRS consists of two principles-based standards, IAS 18 Revenue and IAS 11 Construction Contracts and three IFRS Interpretations. These were criticised for failing to provide adequate guidance on application - they have been described as ‘vague and inconsistent’.

US GAAP has broad revenue recognition concepts and numerous detailed pronouncements on revenue (more than 200), many of which deal with industry-specific issues. Here the criticism has been that this can result in different accounting for revenue from economically similar transactions.

This important program answers questions such as:

  • How will the new standard affect the timing of revenue recognition?
  • What are the standards’ presentation requirements?
  • How will preparers deliver the enhanced disclosures required by the new standard?
  • What choices are there regarding transitional requirements?
  • What is the likely impact on different industries, such as telecoms, software, extractive industries, manufacturing and retail?
  • How and when are royalties, dividends and interest income recorded?


  • IFRS 15 and Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers
    • Scope
    • Recognition
      • Identifying the contract
      • Contract modifications
      • Identifying separate performance obligations
      • Satisfying performance obligations – over time and at a point in time
    • Measurement
      • Determining the transaction price – variable consideration, time value of money
      • Allocation of price to separate performance obligations
    • Contract costs
    • Presentation
    • Disclosure
    • Transition
    • Differences between IFRS 15 and Topic 606
    • Application guidance
      • Sale with right of return
      • Warranties
      • Principal versus agent considerations
      • Upfront fees
      • Licensing and rights to use intellectual property
      • Repurchase agreements
      • Consignment arrangements
      • Bill-and-hold arrangements
      • Customer acceptance

Teaching method

  • Group live instruction, with interactive participation encouraged
  • Discussion of IFRS & US GAAP / SEC requirements for revenue recognition
  • All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


Basic understanding of accounting for revenue recognition. No advance preparation is required for this course.

Course benefits

  • Learn the scope of the new revenue recognition standard
  • Apply the five steps to recognise revenue
  • Understand the required changes to measurement of revenue
  • Plan how to implement the transition
  • Identify new presentation and disclosure requirements


See what past participants said about this course:

The instructor provided a very detailed & clear overview of IFRS 15. The course was excellent. I would recommend this course and IASeminars to anyone interested in working with IFRS.

[My previous training] has been in large seminars compared to this small group. This one is more interactive and specialized for us.

Karl Gerhard Bråstein Dahl, Senior Vice President,
Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS, Norway

An excellent, well organized, highly educational experience. Pay for and get a professional teaching experience.

The course was very valuable because we talked through many examples both from IFRS and real life examples. [Instructor] did a great job of trying to relate the theoretical concepts to my audit portfolio.

Who should attend?

All preparers of financial statements.

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Field of study: Accounting

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  • Robert Moulin

    Robert Moulin (United Kingdom) is an international trainer and consultant specialising in International Financial Reporting Standards. He has been designing and delivering IFRS training courses for over 15 years, in such regions as Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Far East. Rob’s teaching work also includes preparing candidates for the final level corporate reporting exams of several global accountancy bodies. An experienced facilitator, Rob also leads workshops for senior managers and owner-entrepreneurs to help develop their business strategy and financial and commercial awareness. He has worked in various senior financial positions for companies large and small, including global players such as Bacardi and Mattel. Also a trained journalist, Rob has produced and presented financial programmes for the UK’s national TV broadcaster. Robert is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

    Bill Kemp

    Bill Kemp (UK) is IASeminars' Senior Instructor and a consultant specialising in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and the comparison of such standards with UK, US and Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). He has delivered many public and in-house training courses around the world to a diverse audience from sectors including government and non-profit, financial services, retail, real estate, oil & gas, telecoms, and IT. An experienced educator, he was formerly Managing Director of a major London financial training company. Bill's work also includes training and consulting on financial statement analysis and business valuation, and he teaches on the International Accounting MSc programme of the London School of Economics. He is a UK chartered accountant, and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at Oxford University.

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6 Nov 2017 London

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16 hours
Start date:
6 Nov 2017
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GBP 1,750
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