Courtenay Thompson & Associates


Tuesday May 7, 2019  8:30 to 4:30

Wednesday May 8, 2019  8:30 to 4:30

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5430 Lyndon B. Johnson Frwy.
Lincoln Centre Tower Three
Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75240

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16 CPE
Field of Study:  Auditing
Course Level:   Basic
Group-live.  No prerequisites or advance preperation required.

About the Instructor
Courtenay Thompson is a recognized authority on educating auditors, managers and investigators on fraud-related matters.  He has conducted fraud courses for government and industry throughout North America and in 16 other countries.  These courses have been described as "eye opening," encouraging auditors to enhance fraud detection and response while providing managers strategies and tactics to change their culture.

Courtenay is also committed to providing practical education for audit practices.  Recognized techniques for beginning auditors and managers are combined with proven soft skills to help attendees address real problems encountered.  These practical approaches have yielded dramatic results for class attendees.

Mr. Thompson's experience prior to consulting includes public accounting, internal auditing and establishing auditing and investigations for a troubled life insurance company.  He has worked with executive management and the audit committee on serious matters and shares lessons learned in his courses.

Courtenay's involvement with clients and course attendees along with his own studies help him keep the educational experience pertinent and timely.

Courtenay Thompson received his BBA and MBA degrees from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc.


Lynn Runyon 
Courtenay Thompson & Associates 


Courtenay Thompson & Associates is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org

For information regarding CPE, complaint, or program cancellation, please contact our office at 214-361-8346.


Audit Practices Workshop                         16 CPE
Instructor: Courtenay Thompson

In this highly participative seminar attendees will explore how auditors can work with management to surface problems not otherwise known, and conduct audits that result in process improvements, cost recoveries, cost savings and revenue enhancement.  Challenging team and individual exercises provide new approaches and tactics.

Auditors are in a unique position to help their organizations through evidence based reviews, looking in ways others can't or won't look.  Audit Practices Workshop will focus on the characteristics of effective auditors and audit departments by improving communication and interviewing skills; determining what to audit; developing the audit plan; improving report writing then selling the results and internal control recommendations; dealing more effectively with management and addressing fraud with detection, prevention and response.

Who Should Attend:  Internal & External Auditors and other Accounting Professionals
Audit departments and auditors have a wide range of approaches and results.  Those establishing or reestablishing audit departments will benefit as will the seasoned professional committed to addressing today's challenges.

Register Now! Register online using the link above.  Register over the phone by calling 214-361-8346.

Program Fee = $895                     Early Registration by April 8 = $795

Team Discount for 2 or more from same organization = $745 ea

Program fee is payable with registration to Courtenay Thompson & Associates, P. O. Box 822343, Dallas, TX 75382 by check or pay by credit card online.  Contact our office if an invoice is required.  Fee includes instruction, all program materials, lunch and refreshment breaks.

Cancellation and Refund:  Substitutes will be accepted until the program starts.  Cancellations will be accepted up to 7 calendar days prior to program start without incurring a $50 late cancellation fee.  Full fee is charged for failure to attend when enrollment has not been cancelled as specified.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Better define audit purpose and audit processes for their organization.
  • Conduct audits that make a difference.
  • Deal with obstacles and barriers to effective auditing.
  • Maintain emotional control in difficult situations.
  • Use specific thinking and problem solving tools and techniques.
  • Plan audits and better manage audit projects.
  • Use data analysis to identify outliers and patterns worth looking into.
  • Communicate with executives about fraud-related challenges.
  • Discuss practical approaches auditors use to add value through contract auditing.
  • More effectively sell audit and control ideas to others.
  • Interact with executive management and the audit committee.

Course Outline:

Audit Purpose and Processes
     Roles of auditors in varied environments
     Best and worst audit practices
     Defining expectations for the audit committee, executives and yourself
     Getting executive buy in

Enhancing Audit Effectiveness through Behavior & Communication Skills
     Dealing with difficult situations and people
     More effective listening, speaking and nonverbal communication
     Tips and techniques for more effective thinking

Deciding What to Audit
     A practical approach to risk
     Developing your audit plan
     Defining success

Understanding Internal Controls
     Why internal controls break down
     Erosion of controls
     Questions to enhance controls

Conducting the Audit
     Planning the audit
     More effective project control
     Using data analysis
     A model for effective interviews
     Questioning and eliciting information
     Developing audit findings
     Improving report writing - behavioral implications

Addressing the Challenges of Fraud and Contract Auditing
     Character and fraud policy
     Fraud detection in audit and management practices
     Practical fraud prevention
     Values derived from auditing contracts and contractors
     Obstacles and how to overcome them
     Addressing corruption, kickbacks and bid rigging

How to Sell Audit Results and Recommendations
     Recognizing barriers to acceptance of recommendations
     The selling process
     Effective approaches to selling ideas
     Do's and don'ts of dealing with management and the audit committee