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Art of Internal Audit Report Writing
Audit Reports can significantly lose their effectiveness if not written professionally with a focused purpose.
Communication for the auditor is a fine art and, once perfected, can take on more importance than the audit itself. One of the primary responsibilities of the internal audit function is to communicate the need for the audited area to changed, based upon an assessment of risk and controls.
Persuasive communication is an essential skill for all auditors. Each internal audit activity carries with it the need to objectively communicate and operate within the elements of change. The auditor's communication skills start with an understanding of the objectives of the audit stakeholders. The auditor must use both oral and written communications to move the organization to more effectively manage all relevant risks.
This seminar addresses the core elements to understand and define the objectives of the audit area and communicate the internal controls that are designed and operating effectively, as well as those that require improvement. Improving controls requires organizational change. True change can occur when the audit function operates within the following elements: urgency, power, vision, open communications, openness to change, win-win goals and institutionalization of new behaviors.
Auditors will come out of this training with better oral and written communication skills. The presentation covers all types and levels of internal audit reporting. By participating in this course, auditors in all sectors and at all levels will learn the components of communicating an effective audit finding. You will learn how to organize reports that meet professional standards, elicit management action, and communicate crucial, strategic messages to executives and board-level readers.
Our instructors have written and critiqued hundreds of audit and business reports. In this highly interactive CPE seminar, you will learn how to eliminate the administrative burden of writing reports and produce reports that are easy to write, easy to read, and easy to understand.
This timely, one-day CPE seminar is designed for internal auditors and others with a need to create effective business and audit reports.
Follow the below links for further detail information:
. Seminar Highlights
. Learning Objectives
. Key Issues on the Agenda
The retail cost of this CPE seminar is $495.00 for the first attendee from a single organization. Discounts are available for more than one attendee from each organization: (2) $940.00 (3) $1,340.00 (4) $1,680.00 (5) $1,980.00.
To reserve your space, click on the "SIGN-UP NOW!" link in the right margin, complete the registration form, and use the corresponding "Submit Registration Form and Move to Payment Options Page" button for filing the registration and moving to the payment page.
Each attendee will receive 8 Auditing CPE Hours (YB). A certificate of completion will be provided.
Virtual Art of Internal Audit Report Writing Events
Future In-Person Art of Internal Audit Report Writing Events
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we will start providing all our events using a distant learning approach.
In some cities we have local instructors and are providing limited events on a request basis. If you have two or three professionals who would like in person instruction please contact us.
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guide to the locations during a calendar week.
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- Audit communications defined
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- Best Practices in creating within the audit process
- What to include and not include in audit communications
- Essential sections of each type of audit communications
- How to properly document credibility determinations
- Principles of clear and concise report writing
- How to sift through the relevant audit evidence
- Attendees will understand how to organize audit reports
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- Attendees will see how to write with greater clarity
- Attendees will learn how to present complex information simply for readers to comprehend
- Attendees will understand the importance of the purpose of the report before they begin writing
- Attendees will recognize the needs of their audience
- Attendees will learn how to use illustrations
- Attendees will produce final drafts to make the "write" impression with their superiors
Key Issues on the Agenda
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Section 1 - Introduction and Overview
- Top Challenges with Audits and Reports
- Magnificent Seven of Audit Reporting
- Auditor Skills: People, Time Management and Demeanor
- What is a "Report"?
- Auditor Guidance from the "Standards"
Section 2 - Effective Audit Communications
- The dilemma
- Audit communication skills - planning - conducting - concluding
- Know the audience
- Organize content for the human
- Audience adaptation
- Situation - Problem - Implication - Needs to be done
Section 3 - Components of the Audit Report
- The Audit Life Cycle
- Procedure - Evidence - Reporting
- Executive Needs
- Auditor Needs
- Audit Findings
- Audit Recommendations
Section 4 - High-Level Focus: Executive Summary
- Big Issues - Accomplishments - What Needs to be Done
- Auditor Summary - Who - What - When - Where - Why
Section 5 - The Hard Facts: Audit Findings
- Testing Controls
- Risk Ranked Findings
- Effective Audit Findings
Section 6 - Recommendations and Corrective Action
- IIA Standard 2410
- S.M.A.R.T. Recommendations
- Best Practices
Section 7 - Audit Opinions and Risk Factors
- Big Impact!!
- Audit Rating, Score or Grade
- Rating with the "Internal Control Maturity Model
Section 8 - Audit Report Formatting
- Type Faces and Sizes
- Text Justification
- Formats for "Findings" Sections
- Specialized Reporting
Section 9 - Optimizing the Audit Reporting
- Visual Presentation
- Structure, Content and Organization
- Transitions, Flow and Coherence
- Sentences and Paragraphs
- Conciseness and "Word Economy"
- Proof Reading and Peer-Reviews
Section 10 - Summary and Wrap-Up
Corporate Compliance Seminars (CCS) was created by experts who enjoy providing CPE training events. All our experts have years of experience in providing training courses, workshops and consulting on internal controls, internal auditing, information technology, cybersecurity and accounting related subjects. We have focused on SOX, COSO, PCAOB, COBIT, CMMI, GRC, GAAP, IFRS, AICPA, GAO, NAIC, ISO, and IIA Standards. We are your best source for continuing professional education (CPE).
Our programs, live in-person, webinar and on-demand, provide CPE for professionals with CPA, CGA, CIA, CFE, CISA, CMA and CA designations. CCS is focused on providing the best learning programs in using three distinct distribution channels: live in-person events, virtual webinar events and on-demand self-study elearning.
Corporate Compliance Seminars presents CPE to a range of professionals, auditors, accountants, finance staff, compliance personnel, information technology (IT) professionals, Boards of Directors and Audit Committees. We examine the details of risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, Model Audit Rule (MAR) compliance, auditing, internal controls, cybersecurity and compliance, and fraud prevention and detection.
Within the U.S.A. marketplace, Corporate Compliance Seminars allows the attendee to earn NASBA CPE credit.
Our events focus on the details of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR), Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Internal Control Frameworks, ISACA's Control Objectives over Information Technology (COBIT), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Open Compliance & Ethics Group's (OCEG) Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) methodology, PCAOB's Auditing Standard 5 (AS5), AICPA auditing standards, and NAIC regulatory model regulations and acts .
Our live in-person events are generally presented in a small classroom setting with two to five attendees. Over the last few weeks, we have come to the understand we need to provide distant elearning events. We are now in the process of moving all our content to an online available status. We have created distant elearning opportunities using both a virtual webinar event approach and on-demand elearning self-study modules. These two elearning approaches: webinars and on-demand self-study with extended web access to our content into the global continuing professional development (CPD) marketplace. In the webinar elearning events we will limit the number of students to maximize the interaction between the live instructor and attendees. The on-demand self-study elearning modules will be created and offered to meet the NASBA CPE credit requirements .
Our seminars provide CPE for the CPA, CFE, CIA, CISA, auditors and others with effective and engaging internal audit training courses.
Our instructors have had direct experience in the following industries: financial activities, bank, insurance, healthcare, construction, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, mining and oil & gas extraction, manufacturing, educational, government agencies, transportation, software, technical, hi-tech and agricultural.
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