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What it Takes to be the Auditor-In-Charge

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  • What it takes to be the AIC
    4 mins
  • Communication skill
    17 mins
  • Interpersonal skills
    27 mins
  • Leadership skills
    38 mins
  • Determine the audit scope
    54 mins
  • Draft audit report
    72 mins

Course Description

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an auditor-in-charge.

Leading an audit team not only requires a great deal of knowledge, it also requires dedication, efficiency, and effective leadership skills. Audit leaders today need to know how to run a team properly so that every project runs smoothly. In other words, they need the skills to lead with confidence because the Auditor-In-Charge (AIC) has a great deal of responsibilities. They must provide directions to the audit team; assess the quality of the work of the audit team; provide ongoing communication to audit management and audit clients; develop the draft report; prepare for the exit conference; assess the performance of the audit team; and many other minor activities. 

The success of an audit engagement will often depend on how well the AIC carries out those functions.  There are certain skills and attributes an AIC must master to successfully lead an audit engagement. This CPE webinar will help you understand the skills needed and the responsibilities of the AIC.

Major areas covered in this online Auditing CPE webinar:

  • Audit Standards Relative to the Auditor-In-Charge
    • IIA Standards
    • GAGAS Standards
  • Auditor-In-Charge Skills and Attributes
    • Audit Knowledge
    • Communication Skills
    • Organizational Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills 
    • Leadership Skills
    • Audit Skill Assessment Tool
  • Auditor-In-Charge Responsibilities
    • Conduct Pre-Audit Administrative Duties
    • Conduct Preliminary Survey
    • Develop audit objectives
    • Determine the audit scope
    • Conduct an Entrance Conference
    • Supervise Fieldwork
    • Review Work paper 
    • Write Draft Audit Report
    • Conduct Exit Conference
    • Wrap Up
    • Follow Up

Learning Objectives

  • To discuss the key skills and attributes needed for the Auditor-In-Charge
  • To discuss the key responsibilities of the Auditor-In-Charge
  • To discuss the key IIA standards relative to the Auditor-In-Charge
  • Review the skills assessment tool provided to evaluate your AIC skills.

Who Should Attend?

  • Auditors
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Young CPA