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Report Writing for the Internal Auditor - Virtual Learning Meirc Plus Speciality Training

Report Writing for the Internal Auditor - Virtual Learning

Why Attend

Audit departments’ most visible product is the audit report. In many cases, the quality of the report reflects the effectiveness of the audit itself.

Reports must therefore communicate results clearly and concisely, prompting readers to positive action.

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Overview
Course Methodology

This course uses a mixture of presentations, discussions, case studies, videos, and interactive exercises to transform participants’ knowledge into hands-on practice.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish barriers to effective written communication and identify ways to overcome them
  • Identify the target audience and adapt writing accordingly
  • Structure the audit report for greater impact
  • Present audit findings in a clear and concise manner
  • Produce a concise and compelling executive summary
  • Learn ways to review their own and others’ work constructively and efficiently
Target Audience

This course is suitable for all auditors required to produce and review audit reports.

Target Competencies
  • Gathering data
  • Presenting data
  • Drafting audit reports
  • Reviewing audit reports
  • Presenting reports
Note

Attending this course will grant participants 30 CPE credits from the following associations: The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA), Information Systems Audit and Control Associations (ISACA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Course Outline
  • What makes a report effective?
    • Good practice in plain language writing
    • Techniques to improve writing under pressure
  • Techniques to organize information gathered during fieldwork
    • Traditional report structure
    • Mind-mapping
    • Outlining
  • Findings (also called issues or observations)
    • Principles of and approaches to writing findings
    • Risks vs. failed controls
    • Root cause analysis
    • Critiquing findings
    • Crafting findings
  • Executive summaries
    • Introduction to the principles underlying executive summaries
    • Critiquing executive summaries
    • Crafting executive summaries
  • Preparing the final product
    • Format, layout and templates
    • Reviewing
    • Content vs. mechanics
    • Peer review techniques
Schedule & Fees
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This course is also offered in face-to-face courses, click on the course below.

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