2016 Audit Boot Camp


Tuesday May 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT
Friday May 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT

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George Mason University - Arlington Campus 
3351 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201-4426

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Course Outline

Day 1:

  1. What it takes to be an internal auditor in today’s world
  2. Roles and responsibilities of Internal Auditors
  3. IPPF and Internal Auditing Standards
  4. SOX

Day 2:

  1. Critical Thoughts on Critical Thinking
  2. Interviewing:
    Building rapport
    Questioning techniques
    Active listening
    Interpreting the interview
    Best practices
  3. Key concepts of internal controls
  4. Defining controls
  5. COSO
  6. Control limitations
  7. Introduction to Data Analytics
  8. Introduction to Information Technology
  9. Introduction to Fraud:
    Concepts and definitions
    Control frameworks (COSO, COBIT, Netcentric, FISCAM, NIST Special Publication 800-series on Security Controls for Federal Information Systems, GAIT, GTAG)
    Role of Internal Auditors for IT and IIA standards and practice advisories
    Types of fraud
    Internal Audit’s responsibility

Day 3:

  1. Risk assessment
    Audit planning overview
    COSO 2013 / COSO ERM
  2. Engagement level risk assessment
  3. Audit engagement planning:
    Opening meetings
    Risk and Control Matrix
    Audit Programs
  4. Control identification
  5. Designing tests of controls and substantive testing:
    Types of evidence
    Sources of evidence
    Selecting the right test
    Sample selection


Day 4:

  1. Engagement documentation and workpaper requirements:
    Audit Evidence
  2. Observations & Root Cause Analysis
  3. Communicating engagement results
    Status updates
    Contents of audit reports
    Writing audit observations
  4. Corrective action follow-up procedures
  5. Wrap-up, Nuggets, Top 10 Takeaways


Christian Putnam 
IIA Washington, D.C. 

Course Overview
Internal auditors are trusted advisors to management and the Board of Directors and are getting recognition from business professionals and regulators.   To become a successful auditor, a strong base of knowledge and an understanding of basic auditing skills are essential.

With this program, new auditors, as well as non-auditors with internal control responsibilities, can learn the ins and outs of an audit from beginning to end. You will learn how to plan an audit, conduct effective audit interviews, sell and communicate your audit results, and perform follow-up on management’s corrective actions.    Through team exercises, group discussion, and lectures, attendees will gain a foundation of knowledge that will allow them to properly prepare for and conduct a successful audit.

Registratoin begins at 8:00 AM and class begins at 8:30 AM.

Who Should Attend?
  • New Internal Auditors with less than 2 years of internal audit experience
  • Auditors who are transitioning from SOX to operational, compliance, financial, IT, and integrated internal audits.
  • External Auditors who are transitioning to Internal Audit.
  • Compliance Professionals and Internal Control Professionals.
Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Assess and apply the skills it takes to be a great internal auditor
  • Explain the professional standards for internal auditing
  • Build a foundation to become a Certified Internal Auditor
  • Conduct effective audit interviews
  • Identify controls
  • Test and evaluate controls
  • Communicate audit findings effectively

Program level:  Basic

Prerequisites:  None

Advance Preparation:  None

Instructional Method: Group-live

Free Takeaways

Sample audit programs
Audit checklists
Sample templates

Prior Attendee Acknowledgments

"This course is the best Beginning Auditor course. I've attended others offered by MISTI and the IIA, but [Raven's] is best."

"I learned more about the audit process and best practices in these 4 days than I learned 18 months in Internal Audit."

"I've been in Internal Audit 6 months, and nothing made sense until attending this [Beginning Auditor Bootcamp] course."

About the trainer

Raven Catlin, CIA, CFSA, CPA, CRMA, is an internationally recognized expert and speaker in Internal Auditing. Leveraging her 17 years of auditing, consulting, and training experience, Raven provides on-site training and conference presentations. Session participants gain valuable skills and motivation for success.

Raven is VCU graduate. Before starting Raven Global Training, Raven was a Consultant at Experis and a Senior Manager at Protiviti holding various audit positions including Interim CAE at two not-for-profits.  She held internal audit positions with Freddie Mac, Bank of America, and Philip Morris. Raven is an active member of the IIA and a contributing author to IIA’s CIA Learning System. Go to http://ravenglobaltraining.com/about_us for a more detailed biography.