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Tools & Techniques I: New Internal Auditor

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​Learn the basics of auditing at the new internal auditor level. This course provides an overview of the life cycle of an audit from a new internal auditor’s perspective while examining the internal control environment and audit governance.

During this course, you will participate in interactive activities and real-life scenarios. Be prepared to walk away with best practices and key takeaways you can apply to your organization and its internal audit function.

This course is designed for internal auditors with 1–3 years’ experience who want to learn the concepts, tools, and techniques to enhance their effectiveness and grow within the profession.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the core elements of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF).
  • Describe the components of the audit model.
  • Identify the components of the COSO Internal Control Framework.
  • Identify the requirements of annual audit planning.
  • Compare the roles and responsibilities for governance including that of internal auditors.
  • Identify the components of interviews and how interviewing is used within an audit.
  • Describe best practices for conducting and documenting interviews.
  • Identify the common forms used during process documentation.
  • Identify risks and key controls during the risk assessment process.
  • Apply the methods for obtaining and presenting audit evidence.
  • Identify the best practices for selling audit results to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate the steps necessary to wrap up the audit after the report is issued.
  • Conduct the follow-up and validation of resolutions to audit recommendations.
  • Recognize the formal quality assurance standards that the internal audit function is required to follow.

NOTE: Participants should have a basic knowledge of the auditing process, although it is not required.

Course Duration: 4 day(s)
CPEs Available: 32
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Auditing
Advance Preparation: 
Delivery Method: On-site Training (Group-Live); Seminar (Group-Live); Live Stream

​The International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF)

  • Overview of the new IPPF
  • Mandatory guidance
  • Applying the Code of Ethics
  • Overview of the audit model

Understanding the Control Environment

  • COSO Internal Control Framework
  • SOX overview
  • Enterprise risk management (ERM)
  • COSO ERM Framework
  • Commonly used internal control resources
  • Definitions of risk and risk management

Audit Governance

  • IIA guidance on governance
  • The board, audit committee, and CAE
  • Executive management and management-level committees
  • Internal audit, external audit, other assurance providers, and regulators

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Roles of internal auditors
  • Internal audit customers and stakeholders
  • Audit team roles
  • Definition of integrated auditing
  • Qualifications of audit team members, by level
  • Mission statement, vision statement, and audit charter
  • Sample internal audit organizational charts, job descriptions, audit charters, etc.

​Audit Planning & Opening Conference

  • Preliminary audit planning
  • Your role in audit planning
  • Conducting an interview
  • Types of interviews and best practices for conducting interviews
  • Interview practices to avoid
  • Best practices for documenting interviews
  • Defining audit scope and objectives, hours, resources, and key activities
  • Preparing and submitting an audit planning memo
  • Reviewing existing internal control documentation and assurance work
  • Reviewing policies and procedures applicable to the function
  • Reviewing and creating process flow documentation
  • Best practices for narratives and flowcharts
  • Conducting an effective audit opening conference

​Audit Risk Assessment, Internal Controls, and Walkthrough

  • Performing a risk assessment
  • Risk assessment concepts and terms
  • Application of risk assessment concepts and terms
  • Internal control overview
  • Control concepts and terms
  • Evaluation of control adequacy
  • Test of effectiveness – Performing a walkthrough of internal controls
  • Documenting the walkthrough

​Audit Program Development

  • Preparing a value-add audit program
  • Tailoring audit programs
  • Your role in developing audit programs
  • Identifying standard test procedures applicable to the function

​Audit Fieldwork & Testing

  • Audit evidence
  • Standards for audit evidence
  • Types of audit evidence
  • Evaluating audit evidence
  • Data analysis in fieldwork
  • Sampling and testing terms
  • Sampling and testing approaches
  • Documentation of results
  • Reviewing testing workpapers

​Audit Findings & Recommendations

  • Preparing point sheets to document audit observations
  • Communicating observations and components of audit reporting
  • Audit reporting components
  • Approaches to audit write-ups
  • Developing recommendations
  • Guidelines for rating audit observations and findings
  • Presenting audit findings and recommendations

​Audit Reporting & Exit Conference

  • Preparing an audit report
  • Report-reader assessment
  • Developing the audit report
  • 10 Things Not to Say in an Internal Audit Report
  • Guidelines for overall audit ratings
  • Conducting an effective audit exit conference
  • Best practices for exit conferences

​Audit Wrap-Up & Workpaper Review

  • Typical wrap-up activities to completion of the audit

​Audit Findings: Follow-Up, Validation, and Resolution

  • Follow-up on remediation activity
  • Monitoring after the audit
  • Elements of the monitoring plan

​Quality Assurance & Improvement Program (QAIP)

  • Quality assurance
  • QAIP framework
  • Applicable guidance and sample QAIPs

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