How to Run and Deliver Successful and Timely Audits - OAG205


This course focuses on ways to ensure that the time spent on your audits is used effectively and efficiently to achieve optimal results. It covers the reasons audits fail, the common an avoidable traps that result in audits overrunning their budgets, delivering late and not answering the key audit questions. It shows you how to focus the audit and avoid surprises, and how to use the tools and methods to identify high-risk areas.


Tuition cost


NASBA Certified CPE

24 Credits


Why you should attend

You should attend because this course addresses the concepts to delivering a timely and successful audit outcome.

Who should attend

Financial, Operational, and Information Technology Auditors; Experienced Auditors who want to improve their audit product.

What You'll learn

You will learn the process and steps necessary to ensure that the time spent on your audits is used effectively and efficiently to achieve optimal results.


  • Fundamentals of Internal Auditing - OAG101
  • Advanced Auditing for In-Charge Auditors - OAG201


Defining a Successful Audit:

  • identifying the characteristics that define a successful audit
  • key aspect of success
  • identifying the factors that inhibit success
  • addressing controllable and non-controllable obstacles

The Elements of a Successful Audit:

  • first steps – understanding why you are there
  • role of the audit team
  • elements of the audit process that guarantee success
  • the facilitators of the audit that make it work

Effectively Planning the Audit:

  • why traditional audit planning doesn’t always lead to success.
  • effective and successful elements of planning
  • levels of planning and responsibilities to plan
  • planning resources
  • planning at the macro and micro level
  • brainstorming

Developing the Objective and Scope:

  • understanding the reasons for the audit
  • why are your there
  • answering the “why” question
  • recognizing how time frames can impact achieving your goals
  • scope creep


  • why this is the most important part of the audit
  • biases and their impact
  • working with difficult personalities

What You Need to Know:

  • how much is too much and how much is not enough
  • professional skepticism
  • rules of evidence
  • identifying potential problem areas
  • knowns and unknowns

Identifying and Addressing Significant Risk:

  • understanding risk
  • some less obvious ways of identifying risk

Evaluating the Adequacy of the Control Structure:

  • controls and risk
  • using COSO in your audit

Focusing the Audit:

  • effectively focusing audit resources to your mission
  • answering key questions: why are we here and what are we expected to do?
  • understanding the audit objective and scope
  • establishing time frames

Tools to Insure Your Staff are Effectively Utilized:

  • assessment of staff talents
  • assignment of responsibilities
  • oversight and supervision

Efficiencies and Time Wasters:

  • procrastination
  • managing administrative time
  • effective use of meeting time
  • ideas to maximize available time

Managing the Audit:

  • day- by- day
  • delegating
  • decision-making

Preliminary Findings and Reports:

  • purpose and usefulness
  • facilitating the writing process
  • delivering an on-time product



Schedule your course

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Timezone: America/New_York

October 2021

Oct 18th, 2021-Oct 20th, 2021

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