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Report Writing for the Internal Auditor



The audit report is the audit department's most noticeable output. The efficacy of the audit itself is frequently reflected in the report's quality.

Reports must, then, succinctly and clearly express outcomes to compel readers to take appropriate action.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify obstacles to clear written communication and suggest solutions.
  • Determine your audience, then modify your writing to suit them.
  • Make the audit report more impactful by structuring it
  • Clearly and succinctly present audit results
  • Create a clear, effective executive summary.
  • Learn how to critique others and your own work in a productive and effective manner.

Targeted Audience

  • All auditors who must write and review audit reports should take this course.

Course Outline

Unit 1: What makes a report effective?

  • Good practice in plain language writing
  • Techniques to improve writing under pressure

Unit 2: Techniques to organize information gathered during fieldwork

  • Traditional report structure
  • Mind-mapping
  • Outlining

Unit 3: Findings (also called issues or observations)

  • Principles of and approaches to writing findings
  • Risks vs. failed controls
  • Root cause analysis
  • Critiquing findings
  • Crafting findings

Unit 4: Executive summaries

  • Introduction to the principles underlying executive summaries
  • Critiquing executive summaries
  • Crafting executive summaries

Unit 5: Preparing the final product

  • Format, layout, and templates
  • Reviewing
  • Content vs. mechanics
  • Peer review techniques

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