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Finance Compliance & Internal Auditing.

This interactive workshop will equip delegates with skills to develop core quality system auditing skills. Participants will learn how to: plan, conduct and report on internal audits providing meaningful feedback on the strengths, weaknesses and improvement opportunities in their organization. The delegates will also learn how ensure ongoing quality system compliance and effectiveness.

Broad Course  Objective.

To internalize how to create and use progressive system and data centric audit tools and techniques for performing continuous auditing that will enable your organization to be in full compliance with the requirements, policy and procedures.

Learning outcomes

Delegates should be able to;

✓Plan and prepare for an internal quality audit

✓Develop a practical checklist to provide guidance during the audit

✓Use effective questioning techniques

✓Explain the basic concepts of auditing

✓Describe audit procedures

✓Describe audit reports

✓Use computers in auditing

✓Develop an internal audit report and present audit findings in a constructive manner

✓Determine the roles and responsibilities of an internal quality auditor

✓Aligning the Audit Function with the operation/business

✓Defining Data Mining/ Continuous Auditing

✓Maximizing the Use of Data

✓Data Analysis Methodologies: Logically Focusing the Audits on Critical Business Concerns

✓Defining a Continuous Audit Process for Maximum Effectiveness (including virtual audit techniques)

✓Focusing Reporting on Outcomes Not Outputs

✓which data to mine to minimize audit resources and maximize audit outcomes by delivering business-focused recommendations that will bring about change

Who Should Attend?

  • Registrar/Accreditation body Auditors
  • Finance officers
  • Finance managers
  • Existing internal auditors who are looking to expand their skills

Learning Content

Nature, purpose and scope of the audit

✓Definition of auditing, auditor and audit

✓Differences between auditing and accounting

✓Nature and purpose of International Standards on Auditing [ISAs]

✓Objectives of an audit

✓Types and timing of audits, internal versus external audit, continuous versus interim audit

✓Users of audited financial statements and auditors report

✓ Advantages and disadvantages of auditing.

Client acceptance procedures

Background information about the client

Professional evaluation of ethics and competence of the firm

Engagement letter

Planning for the audit

Objectives of planning

Planning for a new client

Planning for an existing client

Developing the overall audit plan

Internal control system

✓Definition and purpose of internal control system

✓Features of a sound internal control system

✓Advantages and disadvantages of internal control system

✓Internal controls in practice, sales, purchases and cash

✓Ascertaining, recording and evaluating an internal control system

✓Errors and frauds-Definition and types, Indicators of errors and frauds

✓Role of internal controls with respect to errors and frauds

Audit evidence

✓Nature and source of audit evidence

✓Types of audit evidence

✓Techniques of gathering audit evidence

✓Limitations in gathering audit evidence

✓Preparation of working papers

✓Types of audit tests: compliance and substantive tests

Audit of major financial statement items

✓Audit of sales

✓Audit of purchases

✓Audit of cash and bank balances

Auditor’s report

✓Purpose of auditor’s report

✓Contents and elements of auditor’s reports

✓Qualities of audit report

✓Types of audit reports-unqualified and qualified

✓Consequences of various audit reports

Auditor’s use of the computer

✓Benefits and drawbacks of computerized accounting system

✓Ways in which auditors can use computers in the audit

✓Audit approach, auditing around and auditing through the computer [CAATS]

Emerging issues in auditing

Audit Documentation

✓Preparing and retaining documentation

✓Assembly of the final audit file


Way forward After the Training

Participants will develop a work plan through the help of facilitators that stipulates application of skills acquired in improving their organizations. ASPM will monitor implementation progress after the training.

Training Evaluation:

Participants will undertake a simple assessment before the training to gauge prior knowledge and skills and another assessment will be done after the training in-order to demonstrate knowledge gained through the training.

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