Effective Audit Report Writing: 2-day In-person Seminar

By: Jonnie T. Keith, CIA, CFE, CGAP, CICA
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Course Description:

The audit report represents the end result of weeks of reviews, analyses, interviews and discussions. It is used to provide information to management on the area you reviewed. And, more importantly, the report brings issues to their attention that needs to be addressed. How well you communicate that information is critical to getting the results you are seeking.

The keys to an effective audit report are:

  • Knowing your reader and how to craft an audit report that will get their attention.
  • Understanding the IIA Standards for report writing
  • Developing the best audit report structure for your situation
  • Knowing how to write effective audit findings
  • Understanding techniques to enhance the quality and looks of your report

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Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the report writing provisions in the Standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Write audit reports that meet the needs of your audit clients and prompts them to take action on your recommendations.
  • Write audit findings using the five elements of an audit observation: criteria, condition, cause, consequences, and corrective action
  • Understand the typical audit report structure for various types of reports
  • Understand the mandatory information required for every audit report and other best practices.
  • Improve the quality of your audit reports through techniques that address tone, clarity, conciseness, and accuracy

Areas Covered:

  • Identifying the Audit Report Provisions in the IIA Standards
  • Audit Report Writing Purpose
  • Types of Audit Reports
  • Elements of an Audit Report
  • Five Cs of an Audit Finding
  • Audit Report Quality
  • Report Writing Workshop
  • Wrap Up and Review

Who Will Benefit:

  • Chief Audit Executives
  • Audit Directors
  • Audit Supervisors
  • Audit Managers
  • Staff Auditors
  • Government Auditors
  • Compliance Auditors
  • Internal Control Specialists
  • Public Accountants
  • Accounting Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • Quality Control Specialists

Note: All attendees please carry their laptop.

Course Outline

Day One (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Registration Process: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Session Start Time: 9:00 AM
  • Audit Report Writing Standards
    • International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards):
    • 2400 – Communicating Results
    • 2410 – Criteria for Communicating (PA 2410-1)
    • 2420 – Quality of Communication
    • 2430 – Use of “Conducted in Conformance with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing”
  • Audit Report Writing Purpose
    • Write with the Reader in Mind
    • Identifying the Readers
  • Audit Report Types
    • Assurance Reports
    • Consultant Reports
    • Interim Reports
    • Executive Reports
    • Fraud Report
  • Audit Report Quality
    • Accurate
    • Objective
    • Clear
    • Concise
    • Constructive
    • Complete
    • Timely
  • Audit Report Enhancements
    • Grammar
    • Font
    • Bullets
    • Italics
    • Indentation/Blocked
    • Tables/Charts
Day Two (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • Elements of an Audit Report
    • Title Page (optional)
    • Audit Rating (optional)
    • Background information (optional)
    • Audit Purpose (Mandatory)
    • Audit Scope (Mandatory)
    • Audit Conclusion (Mandatory)
    • Standard Conformance Statement (Dependent)
  • Elements of an Audit Finding
    • Criteria
    • Condition
    • Cause
    • Consequences
    • Corrective Actions
  • Report Writing Exercise
    • Assurance Report
    • Consulting Report
  • Recap/Q&A

Meet Your Instructor

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Jonnie T. Keith,
CIA, CFE, CGAP, CICA

Jonnie Keith has been in auditing over 40 years. He retired in 2012 as the Assistant General Manager (AGM) of Internal Audit with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Atlanta, Ga. He served in that capacity for over 10 years and was responsible for administering the overall audit activities including:

  • Providing the Board of Directors, the General Manager/CEO (GM/CEO), MARTA Management and appropriate government entities with independent analysis, appraisals, and recommendations concerning operational, information technology, and contract compliance audits;
  • Directing the day-to-day activities for three audit branches : Operational Audit, Information Technology Audit, and Contract Compliance Audit;
  • Developing an annual risk-based audit program consistent with MARTA’s goals and objectives and strategic plan;
  • Deploying audit resources to implement the annual audit plan efficiently and effectively;
  • Reviewing and approving all audit programs for Operational, Information Technology, and Contract Compliance audit activities

At this position, he was also responsible for the review and approval of all Internal Audit correspondence including audit reports, executive summaries, internal and external correspondence, etc.

Prior to that, he worked at MARTA as the Operational Audit Manager and Senior Contract Compliance Auditor. He also worked at Norfolk Southern Railway (formally Southern Railway) as a senior operational auditor and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a bank examiner.

Jonnie Keith received a BA degree in Economics from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College).

Certifications include:

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)
  • Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA)

He has been a volunteer seminar instructor for the National Office of the Institute of Internal Auditors for several years and has taught numerous classes including:

  • Beginning Audit Tools and Techniques
  • Communication Skills for Auditors
  • Operational Auditing: Introduction
  • Audit Project Management
  • Audit Report Writing
  • Operational Auditing: Advanced
  • Leadership Skills for Auditors
  • CIA Review Course

He and his wife authored the book: Tied Together – The Marriage Trinity.

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