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Developing the Annual Audit Plan

ACI Learning
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2 days
1,600 USD
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Developing the Annual Audit Plan

This course covers best practices in internal audit planning, so the function focuses on the right areas. Throughout the course, best practice will be shared alongside useful tools and techniques to help ensure the plan is demonstrably focusing on the right areas. Also, how to incorporate the organization’s key data into the plan to set the audit strategy of the future.

COVID-19 Update

In light of COVID-19, this provider is now delivering some or all of their courses online. Contact them for more information!

Who should attend?

Internal audit managers and directors, audit committee members and external auditors.


  • Fundamentals of Internal Auditing

Training content

  1. Are you using questions of value and value add into the planning process
  2. Who should be engaged and what are the best practice questions that should be asked?
  3. Leveraging other sources of intelligence
  4. How to balance the multiple sources of information that could inform a plan in a way that can be explained and justified, whilst not simply following the latest fads.
  5. Best practice ways of linking the IA plan to key risk areas, whilst delivering core assurance areas
  6. Killer questions and follow up questions to help ensure that you don't get too many &'turkeys' on the plan
  7. Implications and action plans
  8. How to address differences between Senior Management and the Audit Committee in relation to what they would like IA to do
  9. How to effectively address the question “Do you have enough resource?” in a way that gets a constructive debate going, without being a too overt plea for resource
  10. Clear and simple ways to present IA coverage in terms of
  11. Best practices around longer term planning horizons, the annual plan and ad hoc audit work
  12. Ways to use the planning process as a way of deepening the relationship between the head of audit and senior stakeholders
  13. Application of all of the insights through small group work, to develop a tailored plan of action that will suit your organisation – without turning any improvements into an industry
  14. Sharing priority plans

Course delivery details

This course is an in-person instructor-led and virtual instructor-led course.

Bring this course to your organization at your convenience. ACI Learning can deliver this instructor-led course for your team at a chosen location or virtually. Alternatively, choose the topic(s) you need and ACI will craft a training solution to keep your team future-proof.

Certification / Credits

NASBA Certified CPE: 16 Credits Auditing

What You'll learn

You will learn how to develop a business focused, objective-based audit plan that will zero in on business issues of key importance and maximize the value of expended audit resources.

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