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Report Writing Techniques for Audit Professionals

  • Accountant
  • CPA (CA)
  • CRMA
  • CPA/CFF
  • CFE
  • CGAP
  • CGFM
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • CVA
  • CA - ICAEW
  • IAP
  • QIAL
  • ACCA
  • MAFF
  • CTP
  • CBA/MCBA
  • CA - Ireland
  • CA - Scotland
  • CPA - Ireland
  • CFIRS
  • CWS
  • Course Description
  • Course Qualification
  • Presenter
  • FAQ

Course Description

Course Description

Report writing is hard! For many auditors, it is their least favorite part of the job.  That is because most of us go about it all wrong.  We have bad habits instilled in us from our writing in college that prevent us from communicating effectively.

Skilled auditors require a method that aligns what they experienced during the reviewing process with what they compose during the writing process. This report writing CPE course will provide foundation resources that participants can continually turn to during intense, complex audit engagements.

The art of audit report writing demands far more than simply listing the four elements of a finding–criteria, condition, cause, and effect. Adding the fifth element, the recommendation may still be insufficient. This boilerplate approach to writing can threaten independent, critical thinking and undermine the entire audit process, ultimately tarnishing the credibility of the auditor.

This highly specialized CPE webinar will offer a deep and useful toolbox of techniques that auditors can use when noting audit observations, drafting objective work papers, and composing well-structured, detailed, and fluent audit reports.

Major topics covered in this online Auditing CPE webinar:
  • Hindrances to effective report writing
  • Key IIA Standards for writing audit reports
  • Type of audit reports
  • Key principles for writing the audit report
  • Various audit report components

Learning Objectives

  • To recall IIA Standard 2400, IIA Standard 2410, IIA Standard 2420, IIA Practice Guide.
  • To discuss the objectives of the interim audit report.
  • To discuss executive summary structure.
  • To discuss fraud report structure.
  • To discuss assurance report structure.

Recommended For

  • This Auditing CPE course is recommended for CPAs, CIAs, Internal as well as External Auditors, Government Auditors, Audit Managers, or Staff of Auditors interested in effectively communicating the results that can positively influence readers and get the results they are seeking and add value to their clients.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting and audit managers/practitioners
  • Accounting Managers
  • Auditors
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Fraud Professionals
  • Senior Accountant
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit of Auditing for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)
  • 1.5 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1.5 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 1.5 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Master Analyst In Financial Forensics (MAFF)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit for Certified Business Appraiser/Master Certified Business Appraiser (CBA/MCBA)
  • 1.5 CRE Credit for Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for CA - ICAEW
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Ireland (CAI)
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for Chartered Accountants - Scotland
  • 1.5 CPD Credit for CPA - Ireland

Additional details

  • Course Level :
    Basic
  • Credits :
    1.5
  • Instructional Method :
    Group Internet Based
  • Pre-requisites :
    None
  • Advance Preparation :
    None

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Presenter

About Presenter

Jonnie Keith, CIA, CFE, CGAP

Auditor, JonSherr Ent.

Mr. Keith has over 50 years of audit experience and served as the Chief Audit Executive for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for 12 years before his retirement in 2012.  His other audit experience includes serving as Operational Audit Manager for five years and was a Senior Auditor in the Contract Compliance Audit Branch at MARTA.  He was also a Senior Auditor at Norfolk Southern Railway, and a Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. 

As the Chief Audit Executive for MARTA, he was responsible for administering the overall audit activities for the Department of Internal Audit including:

  • Providing the Board of Directors, the GM/CEO, MARTA Senior Management and appropriate government entities with independent analysis, appraisals, and recommendations concerning operational, information technology, contract compliance, and financial audits.
  • Directing the day-to-day activities for three audit managers, 12 auditors and the audit coordinator.
  • Developing an annual risk-based audit plan to maximize audit resources in addressing MARTA risks.
  • Assisting the Audit Committee Chair with the quarterly Audit committee meetings.
  • Developing and operating within the approved audit budget; and
  • Assisting the Board, the GM/CEO, and Management in other areas as necessary and requested.

He was a volunteer seminar instructor for the Institute of Internal Auditors. Some of the courses taught included: 

  • Writing Effective Audit Reports
  • Tools and Techniques for the Beginning Auditor
  • Communication Skills for Auditors
  • Leadership Skills for the Auditor-In-Charge
  • Audit Project Management
  • CIA Review Course

He has written three IIA Magazine articles including:

  • Killing the Spider, April 2005
  • Producing Quality Audit Reports, August 2018
  • Write Effective Audit Objectives, June 2020

He has provided training for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference:

  • 2018 Bulletproofing Your Fraud Reports
  • 2019 Writing Effective Fraud Findings

He currently teaches audit webinars, including:

  • How to Write Effective Audit Observations
  • How to Put the Quality in Audit Reports
  • What It Takes to Be the Auditor-In-Charge
  • Report Writing Techniques for Audit Professionals
  • How to Assess Risks and Evaluate Controls

He has a degree in Economics from Clark Atlanta University.  His certifications include Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP).

Mr. Keith has been married over 50 years.  He also co-authored a book with his wife on marriage entitled “Tied Together – The Marriage Trinity”.  He has two daughters and five grandchildren. 

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Report Writing Techniques for Audit Professionals

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