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Audit Report Writing

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​Persuasive communication is an essential skill for auditors at all levels, and high-quality audit reports are a key communication tool. By participating in this course, auditors in all sectors and at all levels will learn what goes into an effective audit observation and how to organize reports that meet professional standards, elicit management action, and communicate crucial messages to executives and board-level readers. By honing these skills, they can distinguish themselves in their current positions and prepare themselves for advancement.

This is a hands-on course that focuses on the organization and structure of audit reports, and includes case study activities for practicing the basics of audit report writing.

This course is a good prep course for other more advanced audit report writing courses.  If you are seeking a seminar that focuses on writing skills please consider Effective Writing for Auditors or Audit Reports: Better Design, Faster Delivery

Course Duration: 2 day(s)
CPE Hours Available: 16
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Field of Study: Communications
Advance Preparation: 
Delivery Format: eLearning (Group-Internet-Based); On-site Training (Group-Live); Seminar (Group-Live)

​The Audit-Report Writing Task

  • Recognize the criteria for, and importance of, writing audit reports
  • Explain why audit reports are written
  • List the readers of your reports
  • Describe how readers use the reports
  • Describe limitations placed on your reports and on yourself as a report writer

Components of Audit Observations

  • Complete the five components of an audit observation
  • Identify types of “criteria”
  • Create “condition” summaries
  • Determine levels of “cause”
  • Determine levels of “effect” (or “consequence”)
  • Create “recommendations” and “action plans”
  • List the components of audit observations

Audit Report Structure

  • Construct an audit report
  • Evaluate the importance of the various sections included in audit reports
  • Apply one of the four formats to write an audit observation
  • Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of different report formats

Quality of Reporting

  • Develop reports that are accurate, objective, clear, concise, constructive, complete, and timely
  • Develop coherence
  • Practice objectivity
  • Ensure sentence clarity
  • Rephrase technical terminology
  • Write with readability and conciseness

​Most courses can be delivered through on-site training. You might be surprised that the organization leading the profession is just as committed to the delivery of affordable training.

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