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CERWIA Certificate in Effective Report Writing for Internal Auditors

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Course Overview

This course is designed to help internal auditors to understand best practices in internal audit reporting. This course also provides knowledge to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Develop a collaborative approach while completing the audit

  • Enhance your communication skills

  • Focus on core findings to maximize outcomes

  • Focus on strategic organizational risks while reporting

  • Add value for your organization and for the auditee



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5 Key Takeaways


Understand key elements of the audit report.

Learn executive summaries approaches.



Write reports with impact and concision.

Produce effective reporting supporting the official report.



Prepare an efficient follow-up process with the organization.



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Course Outline


Audit Reports

  • The 5 dilemmas of audit reporting

  • What is a best practice report?

  • Top tips – communicating results

  • The challenges of audit reporting

  • Grabbing attention

  • Getting the message across

  • Getting action

  • The need for impact

  • Ideas on creating impact

  • What management expect – recent survey of chief executive

  • IIA professional standards

The Problems with Audit Reports

  • The 35 questions (all based on best practice) – how did you score?

  • What are the factors preventing the achievement of these best practice measures

  • 30 tips, techniques and ideas to help you score a maximum
    - How to get 95% of recommendations implemented
    - Use of charts and photos
    - Dealing with minor issues
    - Future focus
    - Order of importance of the issues
    - Actions rather than recommendations
    - Action plans

  • Discussion of the implications

  • How to assess the needs of the audit customers

Exercise 1: 35 questions about your audit reports issued during the last 12 months

The Executive Summary

  • The role of the executive summary

  • 20 tips for writing better summaries

  • Targeting the executive summary to the reader

  • The benefits of writing the executive summary before the main report

  • Asking a non-technical person to read it

Exercise 2: Comparison of three executive summaries


Best Practices Internal Audit Reports Developing A Collaborative, Consultative Style

  • The psychological problem with reports

  • The need to meet and hopefully exceed management expectations

  • The need to focus on benefits rather than problems

  • Marketing the audit reporting process

  • An example presentation will be shared

  • Relationships with management

  • Expressing yourself effectively

  • The need to drive action

  • Creating rapport with your customers – tips and techniques

  • The need to understand the people receiving the reports

Exercise 3: The psychology of reports

Writing Reports with Impact

  • Messages rather than content

  • Outcomes rather than output

  • Solutions not problems

  • Auditor and reader mindsets

  • Why audit reports are taken as a criticism of management

  • Ways to make the reports more positive

  • Benefits and deliverables

  • Conclusions

  • How to draft a report with impact – discussion of banner headlines and their relative impact

  • Language and impact

  • Simple and complex language

  • The use of ‘power words’ in your communications

  • How to get on the same wavelength as your customer

  • Highlighting the issues that matter

  • Audit observations

  • New paper on audit observations will be shared

  • Causes and effects

Exercise 4: Causes and effects exercise

The Main Report

  • Keeping it simple

  • The report process

  • Writing the main report

  • Dealing with writer’s block

  • Audit objectives

  • Scope

  • Forming and expressing the audit opinion

  • Wording tips

  • Tone

  • Writing effective coherent sentences and paragraphs

  • The editing process – tips for success

  • The power of senior management comments

  • Circulation lists

  • Formatting ideas

  • How to avoid repeating any sections in the executive summary

  • Words and phrases to avoid

  • How to reduce the number of words

  • Why the spellchecker sometimes does not help you

  • Dealing with the difficulties of the English language

Finalizing The Report

  • Recommendations and actions plans

  • Management comments

  • How to reflect the right issues for the Audit Committee

  • Audit Committee report examples

  • The need to be on your customers’ side

  • Follow up audits – using the action plan

  • How to get management to take responsibility for actions

  • Ways to improve the follow-up process

  • Issuing the report

  • Presenting or issuing reports including the use of e-mail and the Intranet

  • Alternative methods of reporting e.g. PowerPoint

  • Examples of excellent reports will be provided

  • Reporting performance indicators

  • Tracking actions

  • Steps to success


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Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for:

Professionals in internal audit functions who would like to learn best practices in report writing in order to close the audit process adequately






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