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CPE for Government Auditors

Essential Auditing Skills

Essential Audit Skills


“I enjoyed the course. I was able to use all the information that was given. I had taken a course through another facility where the instructor did not follow the course description and it ended up not pertaining to internal auditors as much as it should have. The complete audit process is contingent on your own agency but coming into an environment with others, helps you understand the processes and why it’s a standard.”
– March 2013

“I’ve only been in Auditing for one month and the instructor was made the course interesting. Working in small groups helped with getting different opinions.”
– March 2013

“Instructor dissected the entire audit process from planning to report writing with a great sense of humor that kept students interested.”
– March 2013

“I’ve been an auditor for 5 weeks. Until this course I felt in over my head. Now I have a clearer understanding of my purpose at work.”
– March 2013

“The course was a very good introduction to auditing. Any new person would enjoy the subject matter covered.”
– March 2013

“Information was presented simply and succinctly to facilitate implementation for new auditor.”
– March 2013

Without an understanding of key auditor skills, auditors could easily spend valuable audit hours doing the wrong thing.

Auditors will feel more comfortable doing their work once they understand the essentials of performing fieldwork—gathering information, risk assessment, working paper preparation, and issue development.

This course is helpful for new auditors and experienced auditors alike.  New auditors will learn new skills and experienced auditors will recognize and resolve unproductive habits.  Frequent references to the applicable standards will keep us grounded.


  • Compose a finding or audit issue
  • Choose how to gather evidence for your audit conclusions
  • Apply a simple risk assessment model to your audit subject
  • Document what you’ve done in the working papers
  • Breakdown the steps of an audit and describe how your work fits in
  • Identify which standards you must follow
  • Recognize when to discuss issues with your supervisor
  • Distinguish between over-auditing and under-auditing

Who should attend: Auditors seeking to learn new skills.

Program level: Basic

Prerequisites: No prerequisites or advance preparation required

Delivery method: Group live

Recommended CPE credit: 16 hours


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