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Effective report writing for internal auditors - Dubai

Helping you enhance the impact of your internal audit reports

17 February 2019 - 18 February 2019, 8:30AM - 4:00PM, GST Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Course overview

This two-day course aims to encourage audit professionals to challenge their approach to writing audit reports - the end result of weeks of reviews, analyses, interviews and discussions. Audit reports provide information to management on reviewed areas and, more importantly, brings issues to management's attention that need to be addressed. How well you communicate that information is critical to getting the results you seek.

Who should attend

— Internal auditors and assurance professionals
— Internal audit managers and supervisors
— Internal audit directors
— Internal control specialists
— Accounting analysts
— Professionals interested in improving their report writing


Participants who attend all sessions will be awarded a KPMG certificate of attendance.

Course fees*

Early bird offer (before 18 January 2019) - US$1,695

Participant fee - US$1,895

*Please note that the fee quoted is exclusive of VAT and the fee for the course shall be increased by the quantum of VAT, as applicable under the law.


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Day one Day two

Introduction to report writing
— The importance of writing audit reports
— Identifying your readers - and their
— How to attract attention and create impact
— What does ‘good’ look like?
— Comparative analysis
— Key challenges of report writing

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) report
writing standards

— 2400 - Communicating results
— 2410 - Criteria for communicating (PA 2410-1)
— 2420 - Quality of communication
— 2430 - Conformance with the international standards of the professional practice of Internal auditing

Internal audit reports - the way forward
— How to increase usefulness
— Key considerations when developing a
report - readers and writers
— How to evaluate your reports
— Key strategies for report writing
— Problem vs. solution focused thinking
— Framework and contents

Importance of the executive summary
— Targeting executive summaries at the reader
— How to write effective executive summaries
— The four Cs: clarity, coherence, control and credibility
— Keeping the reader in mind




Components of audit observation
—The five Cs: Elements of audit observation
—Identify types of criteria
—Create condition summaries
—Determine levels of cause
—Determine levels of effect (or consequence)
—Determine adequate corrective action(s)

Finalizing an internal audit report
—Root cause analysis
—Corrective actions
—Incorporating management comments
—Revealing the right issues for audit committee

Audit report quality and enhancements
—The importance of being accurate, objective, clear, concise, complete and on time
—The correct use of fonts, bullets, italics, indents, tables and charts
—Prioritization and rating recommendations
—Using less words
—Use of ‘power words’ in your report
—Using simple language to make your report readable

Improving the report review process
—Peer reviews
—Senior management involvement
—The three levels of review