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Certification in Control Self-Assessment: A Review Course and Study System That Works!

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​Control Self-Assessment practitioners from all backgrounds will benefit from this course in a variety of ways, including:

  • Gaining required knowledge of risk and control models.
  • Discovering concepts that are vital in effectively using CSA to help clients achieve their objectives.
  • Understanding the CCSA® examination.
  • Learning how to effectively study for the CCSA® examination.
  • Gaining confidence in addressing CCSA® exam questions.
Course Duration: 2 day(s)
CPE Hours Available: 0
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Field of Study: Auditing


Advance Preparation: 


Delivery Format: On-site Training (Group-Live)

​Domain 1 – CSA Fundamentals

  • Code of Ethics
  • Ownership and accountability for control
  • Reliance on operational expertise
  • Comparison to traditional techniques of risk and control evaluation
  • Control awareness and education
  • Cooperation, participation, and partnership

Domain 2 – CSA Program Integration

  • Alternative approaches to CSA
  • Cost / benefit analysis for implementation of the CSA process
  • Strategic CSA program planning methodologies or techniques, including resource allocation
  • Organizational theory and behavior
  • Change management and business process reengineering
  • Presentation techniques for successful integration
  • Client feedback mechanisms (e.g. interviews, surveys)

Domain 3 – Elements of the CSA Process

  • Management's priorities and concerns
  • Project and logistics management
  • Business objectives, processes, challenges, and threats for the area under review
  • Resource identification and allocation of participants and CSA team
  • Culture of area under review
  • Question development techniques
  • Technology supporting the CSA process
  • Facilitation techniques and tools
  • Group dynamics
  • Fraud awareness
  • Evaluation / analytical tools and techniques
  • Formulating recommendations or actions plans
  • Nature of evidence
  • Reporting techniques and considerations
  • Motivational techniques

Domain 4 – Business Objectives and Organizational Performance

  • Strategic and operational planning processes
  • Objective setting, including alignment to the organization's mission and values
  • Performance measures
  • Performance management
  • Data collection and validation techniques

Domain 5 – Risk Identification and Assessment

  • Risk Theory
  • Risk models / frameworks
  • Risk management techniques / cost-benefit analysis
  • Using CSA in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)

Domain 6 – Control Theory and Application

  • Corporate governance, control theory, and models
  • Methods for judging and communicating the overall effectiveness of the system of internal control
  • Relationship between informal and formal controls
  • Techniques for evaluating formal controls
  • Techniques for evaluating informal controls and control environments
  • Control documentation techniques
  • Control design and application
  • Techniques for determining control history for the organization

Suggested References

  • Lists 17 additional references you might consider if you need a more in-depth study of any the topics discussed in any domain


  • Increase the accuracy of the answers to questionnaires
  • Increase the rate of return
  • Sampling
  • What auditors need to know about sampling
  • Code of Ethics

Application Questions

  • Over 160 application questions (numerous others in each module)

Application Questions, Answers, and Explanations

  • Answers to the over 160 questions with explanations how to determine the "best answer" if you see this type question on the CCSA examination

​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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