Staff-Contact collaboration (Queries) in OnPoint PCR - FAQ

This topic applies to OnPoint PCR.

OnPoint PCR - Preparation, Compilation and Reviews

OnPoint PCR is a cloud-based solution for performing preparations, compilations, and reviews. You can grant your client contacts access to CaseWare Cloud so that you can collaborate on an OnPoint PCR engagement in real-time.

This topic covers frequently asked questions by client contacts.

How do I sign in to my accountant's portal?

When your accountant creates a user account for you, you will receive an email from CaseWare Cloud. This email notifies you that an account has been created for you, and it includes:

  • a link to the portal,
  • your user ID (your email address),
  • and instructions on how to set up your password.

A welcome email from Cloud.

What is the security protocol?

CaseWare takes security very seriously. We are committed to the privacy of our clients and the security of their data.

CaseWareCloud security compliance

CaseWare has several certifications issued by independent bodies:

  • ISO 27001
  • SOC 2 Type 1
  • SOC 2 Type 2

For more information about CaseWare's Cloud Security Compliance, see

CaseWareCloud data, security and assurance

There are seven criteria for assessing the strength of any cloud-based platform:

  • Physical security
  • Application security
  • Network security
  • Data security and privacy
  • Access controls (logical)
  • Availability
  • Business partnership and trust

For more information about how CaseWare meets these criteria as a service provider, see

I just received a notification from my accountant. What do I do?

  1. Select the link in the notification to launch your default web browser and open your accountant's sign-in page.

  2. Sign in to CaseWare Cloud using your secure credentials.

    CaseWare Cloud sign in

    You will be directed to the page that your accountant has shared with you.

  3. Complete the request based on the instructions that your accountant has provided.

How do I sign things?

Currently, you must download documents to sign them. Once you have downloaded the document, you may sign it using your normal method.

You can print the document, physically sign it, then scan it and upload it to Cloud or your online engagement.

Alternatively, if you use a digital signature tool, you can use that to sign the electronic document.

How do I upload my trial balance?

Your accountant will need to upload your trial balance data in order to work on your engagement. There are several ways to do this, depending on the financial software that you use.

Online accounting packages

If you are using an online bookkeeping system, you can provide your accountant with the appropriate access to that system. Once they have logged in, they can import your accounting data directly.

Excel or CSV

If you are providing an Excel trial balance, your accountant will likely use the collaboration tools built into the engagement to request your trial balance. They will send you an email that includes a link for you to upload your trial balance and other supporting documentation.

An email generated by the collaboration tools in your engagement.

Select View Details to log in to the portal and view the request.

Client view of a request

There are a few ways that you can upload the file:

  • drag and drop the data file into the upload area
  • select the file to upload
  • copy a file that you have already uploaded to your accountant's file portal

Other desktop applications

Your accountant will likely work with you to extract the data into a format they can upload into their engagement file.