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Audit Reports: Better Design, Faster Delivery

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​Are you an internal auditor who is manager-level or above who is charged with updating or redesigning your organizations’ audit reports and with using report-writing resources efficiently?  Need to overhaul your audit report? Want to use your staff’s and audit management’s time better to get reports delivered faster? Need to be sure critical messages are getting through to your audit committee and executive management?

Attend this course and you will take away multiple electronic templates that you can adapt to meet your needs. You’ll leave with a solid foundation on an updated, responsive, and contemporary report design — a design that can be executed efficiently to speed delivery of critical messages.

The facilitator has consulted with dozens of internal audit shops on the design of their reports. The result? Report structures customized to suit each one that enables clear and rapid delivery of messages.

If you desire a report writing foundational course that focuses on the organization and structure of audit reports, and includes case study activities for practicing the basics of audit report writing, then we suggest Audit Report Writing.

Course Duration: 1 day(s)
CPE Hours Available: 8
Knowledge Level: Advanced
Field of Study: Communications
Advance Preparation: 
  • ​Bring your current report template(s) in electronic format.
  • Laptops are required to gain the most from this course.
Delivery Format: On-site Training (Group-Live)

​Report-Design Task Analysis

  • Assess the readers of your reports
  • Assess the readers’ uses of your reports
  • Set expectations for timeliness
  • Understand approaches that lead to and that impede timeliness
  • Assess design and/or production preferences and constraints

Use or Modification of Standard Structures

  • Design the overall structure of the report
  • Build executive summaries
  • Adopt whole-report, risk, management-awareness, and/or observation ratings
  • Consider adopting observation summaries
  • Structure observations
  • Use or omit appendices


  • Use best practices for up-to-date narrative, mapped, and table formats
  • Select an appropriate page orientation (portrait versus landscape)
  • Develop the graphic “look”
  • Select fonts and font sizes
  • Incorporate color, graphics, and photography

Special Considerations

  • Develop a report-quality checklist aligned with the report structure
  • Explore secure Web delivery
  • Design the consulting report

​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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