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Audit Report Writing

Training overview
16 hours
Next start date: Inquire for more information - Worldwide
On-site / Company-specific

Course description

Audit Report Writing

Audit Reports can significantly lose their effect if not written professionally. Writing an audit report is a fine art and, once perfected, can take on more importance than the audit itself. In this eight-hour course, attendees will learn, in-depth, about each component of an audit report and how to set the correct tense and clarity to gain the most effectiveness.


  • Overview of best practices in effective writing techniques, including effective word usage and what emotional words not to use
  • Best practices in formatting of audit reports, including depth and length
  • Learn how to write an executive summary that has impact and is read by executives

Who should attend?

Financial, Operational, and Information Technology Auditors who would like to maximize the effectiveness of their audit reports (NASBA Field of Study: Auditing).

Training Content


  1. Introduction and Background
  2. Auditor Guidance
    1. IIA IPPF/Yellow Book
    2. Why Write an Audit Report?
  3. Audit Report Structure
    1. Executive Summary
    2. Observations
    3. Appendices
  4. Executive Summary
    1. Audit Summary
    2. Audit Objectives
    3. Audit Scope
    4. Background
    5. Opinion
    6. Overall Report Ratings
    7. Standards Conformance Statement
  5. Observation Components 
    1. Foundation
    2. Condition
    3. Cause
    4. Effect
    5. Recommendations
    6. Action plans
  6. Other Sections of Audit Observations
  7. Report Optimization
    1. Verb Tenses
    2. Voice Tense
    3. Emotional Words Not to Use
    4. Spelling and Grammar
    5. 10 Common Mistakes that are not Caught in Spell Check
  8. Report Review and Writer’s Block
    1. Three Levels of Review
    2. Tone
    3. Modifiers
  9. Summary and Wrap-Up


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GoldSRD is a leading provider of high-quality, interactive professional development. We have over 200 full-day courses on technical capabilities (Internal Audit, Accounting, Finance, IT Audit and Microsoft-Office specific courses) and People-Centric (“soft”) skills. Our Founder, Danny M. Goldberg, is a...

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Glenn Gustafson
Danny delivered this course to our team and customized the material to fit our specific needs as a department - great course!
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