Three Day Seminar: Tools & Techniques II: Lead Auditor

Course Code:
CPE Hours:
Course Start Date:
March 02, 2020
Course End Date:
March 04, 2020
9.00 AM - 5.00 PM
Registration Deadline :
February 24, 2020
Level of course:
Level 2
Eric Lim
Competency areas:
Internal Audit Delivery [IAD]
Course venue:

IIA Singapore Office/M Hotel Singapore

Course fee (IIA/ ISACA member):
(Inclusive of GST)
Course fee (non-member):
(Inclusive of GST)
Other Memberships valid for discount:
10% off non-member rate for ISCA and ACCA member
Lunch Provided:
Tea Break:
Course Overview:

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Learn the skills necessary to lead an audit team with confidence. This course provides an overview of the life cycle of an audit from a lead internal auditor’s perspective while examining the internal control environment and audit governance.

This course is designed for internal auditors with 3-6 years’ experience who are developing to become lead auditors.

Course description :

• Identify the core elements of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) as they relate to the lead auditor role.
• Describe the components of the audit model.
• Identify the components of the COSO Internal Control Framework as they relate to the lead auditor role.
• Compare the roles and responsibilities of audit management, lead auditor, auditee, and auditee management.
• Identify the roles and responsibilities of team members involved in QAIP.
• Identify key concepts necessary to becoming an effective leader.
• Identify key concepts necessary to leading and mentoring staff.
• Identify the components of the audit planning and opening conference.
• Identify best practices for conducting an audit risk assessment, walkthrough, and audit program development.
• Identify the components required for auditing fieldwork and testing.
• Identify best practices for audit observations and findings and recommendations.
• Identify the components of effective audit reporting and the exit conference.
• Demonstrate the steps necessary to wrap up the audit after the report is issued.
• Identify the key metrics and performance indicators necessary to measuring internal audit productivity.
• Recognize the formal quality assurance standards that the internal audit function is required to follow.

The International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF)
• Overview of the new IPPF
• Overview of the audit model

Understanding the Control Environment
• COSO Internal Control Framework
• SOX overview
• Enterprise risk management (ERM)
• Risk management frameworks
• Risk and control terminology
• Internal audit risk assessment and audit plan development

Audit Governance
• IIA guidance on governance
• The board, audit committee, and CAE
• Executive management and management-level committees
• Internal audit, external audit, other assurance providers, and regulators

Roles and Responsibilities
• Roles of internal auditors
• Internal audit customers and stakeholders
• Audit team roles
• Definition of integrated auditing
• Mission statement, vision statement, and audit charter
• Sample internal audit organizational charts, job descriptions, audit charters, etc.
• Audit management, lead auditor, auditee, and auditee management responsibilities

• Becoming a leader
• Characteristics of an effective leader
• Leadership styles
• Challenges of a leadership role
• What type of leader are you?
• Leadership identification tools

Leading and Mentoring Staff
• Motivation
• Outcomes of human interaction
• Manipulating versus motivating
• Managing conflict
• Changing behaviors
• Performance reviews
• Preparing to be a mentor

Audit Planning & Opening Conference
• Preliminary client survey
• Lead auditor’s role in audit planning
• Communicating and conducting an interview
• Defining audit scope and objectives, hours, resources, and key activities
• Preparing and submitting an audit planning memo to the client
• Reviewing existing internal control documentation, assurance work, policies, and procedures applicable to the function
• Reviewing and creating process flow documentation
• Best practices for narratives and flowcharts
• Conducting an effective audit opening conference

Audit Risk Assessment, Internal Controls, and Walkthrough
• Performing a risk assessment
• Risk assessment concepts and terms
• Application of risk assessment concepts and terms
• Internal control overview
• Control concepts and terms
• Evaluation of control adequacy
• Test of effectiveness – Performing a walkthrough of internal controls
• Documenting the walkthrough

Audit Program Development
• Preparing a value-added audit program
• Tailoring audit programs
• Your role in developing audit programs
• Identifying standard test procedures applicable to the function

Audit Fieldwork & Testing
• Audit evidence
• Standards for audit evidence
• Types of audit evidence
• Evaluating audit evidence
• Data analysis in fieldwork
• Sampling and testing terms
• Sampling and testing approaches
• Documentation of results
• Reviewing testing workpapers

Audit Findings & Recommendations
• Preparing point sheets to document audit observations
• Communicating observations and components of audit reporting
• Audit reporting components
• Approaches to audit write-ups
• Developing recommendations
• Guidelines for rating audit observations and findings
• Presenting audit findings and recommendations

Audit Reporting & Exit Conference
• Preparing an audit report
• Report-reader assessment
• Developing the audit report
• 10 Things Not to Say in an Internal Audit Report
• Guidelines for overall audit ratings
• Conducting an effective audit exit conference
• Best practices for exit conferences

Audit Wrap-Up & Workpaper Review
• Typical wrap-up activities to completion of the audit

Audit Findings: Follow-Up, Validations, and Resolution
• Follow-up on remediation activity
• Monitoring after the audit
• Elements of the monitoring plan

Quality Assurance & Improvement Program (QAIP)
• Quality assurance
• QAIP framework
• Applicable guidance and sample QAIPs

There will be an assessment component towards the end of Day 3 to assess participants’ understanding of the concepts through a sit-down test.
For participants who do not achieve an overall pass will be able to request for a re-assessment within 14 working days from the last day of the course. Re-assessment will only be allowed once.


Mr Eric Lim is the Head of Internal Audit of a research and development company in Singapore. He has over 20 years of management, financial and public sector experience. He was instrumental in setting up the Internal Audit Department and believes the effectiveness of Governance Risk and Control processes to enhance the value of organisations. His projects include reviewing ERM and operational efficiency. He has conducted courses and seminar on Tools and Techniques for Beginners, Risk Based Auditing, Operational Auditing, Applying Management Concepts in Internal Audit Workplan and Using Management Tools in Internal Auditing to Identify Risks and Secure Solutions to Enhance Efficiency.

Mr Eric Lim is a Certified Public Accountant Singapore and holds an accreditation in Internal Quality Assessment. He graduated with an MBA in Accountancy at NTU and MA in Economics at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Over the past years, he gave talks and shared experiences with MBA students and organisations relating to internal audit and governance issues. He was a Governor with IIA Singapore for many years and also served as the President from 2012 to 2015. He was a member of Global Public Sector Committee and is also a Board member of the Shared Services for Charities since 2015. He is now IIA Singapore’s Immediate Past President.line

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Terms and Conditions
1. Group discount is available for employers not eligible for SSG funding. Please contact IIA Academy for more details.
2. All participants will be liable for the full course fee upfront, even in the case of non-attendance.
3. A processing fee of $100 will be imposed for any cancellation. Cancellation must be submitted in writing 7 days prior to the event date and subject to IIAS’s approval. Substitutions will be permitted and conditions will apply.
4. Participant/contact person will be notified via email on the outcome of the application for enrolment within three working days after the registration deadline.
5. Registration is on a first-come-first-served-basis and complimentary parking will be provided only on a first-come-first-served-basis.
6. IIAS reserves the right to revise the programme as necessary.
7. IIAS reserves the right to cancel or postpone the training should the minimum class size is not met.

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