Course Overview

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Persuasive Internal Auditing Communications.

Persuasive communication is an essential skill for auditors at all levels, and high-quality audit reports are a key communication tool. By participating in this course, auditors in all sectors and at all levels will learn what goes into an effective audit observation and how to organize reports that meet professional standards, elicit management action, and communicate crucial messages to executives and board-level readers. By honing these skills, they can distinguish themselves in their current positions and prepare themselves for advancement.

This is a hands-on two-day course that focuses on the organization and structure of audit reports, and includes case study activities for practicing the basics of audit report writing.

Module Learning Objectives

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • Write high-impact audit reports that display the value of their audit work.
  • Write it right the first time and avoid costly edits.
  • Achieve the highest quality, each and every time you write.
  • Target your readers' interests.
  • Capture and hold readers' attention.
  • Get your reports to get action: Write persuasively.
  • Say it the right way: Keep your reports constructive.
  • Get started quickly: Write it right the first time.
  • Know when to stop: Write concisely.
  • Format reports to make them appealing and inviting.
  • Do effective self- and peer-reviews.

Who Should Attend

All internal auditors providing assurance on control and management of business risk within Flour Mills Of Nigeria Plc. including Heads of internal audit and senior internal auditors

Course Outline

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The Audit-Report Writing Task

  • The criteria for, and importance of, writing audit reports
  • Rationale for writing audit reports and target audience
  • Understanding how readers use the reports
  • Limitations placed on your reports and on yourself as a report writer

Components of Audit Observations

  • The five components of an audit observation
  • Identifying types of “criteria”
  • How to create “condition” summaries
  • How to determine levels of “cause”
  • How to determine levels of “effect” (or “consequence”)
  • How to create “recommendations” and “action plans”


Audit Report Structure

  • Constructing an audit report
  • Evaluating the importance of the various sections included in audit reports
  • Applying one of the four formats to write an audit observation
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different report formats

Quality of Reporting

  • Developing reports that are accurate, objective, clear, concise, constructive, complete, and timely
  • How to develop coherence
  • Practice objectivity
  • How to ensure sentence clarity
  • How to rephrase technical terminology
  • How to write with readability and conciseness

Location, Pricing & Dates

All courses are available in-house (your preferred location) but throughout the year, we run selected courses as scheduled programmes. To view scheduled courses, please hover over dates on the calendar below.